Smoothies are the easiest way to get heatwave relief, and it’s a must here in NorCal in the summer when I make them constantly. In your own kitchen with a few basic ingredients, you can make this smoothie in many variations, alternating with whatever you have in the fridge, freezer and fruit bowl. Some of my favorites are mango, pineapple, orange, strawberry, raspberry, cranberry, and a mixed bag (of melons, grape, berries and stone fruits) from my grocery store freezer case. Use the proportions in the recipe, mix and match to change up the flavors accordingly – have fun but stay the course with the measurements (as your guide), and don’t substitute the banana…it’s necessary to thicken the smoothie.
I start with crushed ice and it can vary. Some juice (apple today), frozen fruit from the store (sliced peaches), frozen lemonade concentrate, and fresh fruit (black cherries), I happened to have on hand. The banana adds body and thickens.
Put all of the ingredients into the blender.
Blend until completely smooth and thick. This makes 3-4 cups.
It’s as easy at that. Remember, there are lots of frozen fruits, juices, frozen juice concentrates, and fresh fruits to pick from!
Easy Breezy Summertime Smoothie
Makes 3-4 cups
3-4 cups crushed ice
1/4 cup cold apple juice
2 cups frozen sliced peaches
12-18 fresh black cherries, pitted
1 large banana, peeled and cut in 3 sections
3 tablespoons frozen lemonade concentrate
Put the ingredients in a blender. Blend until completely smooth and thick. Pour into glasses and serve with straws.
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