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Cantaloupe Smoothie

My AC DIED! I’m not kidding. When I was making my panini yesterday the kitchen was starting to get really hot. But I figured it was just because I had an open griddler actively heating up the kitchen. Well, I’m sitting at my computer, on the other side of the house, sweating. Legitimate sweat. I checked on the temp in the place, sweltering 90 degrees. I literally just heated up my house with an open griddler to an seriously uncomfortable temperature. I also only have one smaller fan that I’ve just been carrying around the house with me.

The AC guy is supposed to come fix this sucker at 10 this morning, it’s now 11. Obviously. So my original plan of an little twist on the traditional oatmeal, will have to wait. The only real option was a smoothie. And the creamy, deliciously COLD cantaloupe smoothie was born.

I really do recommend this to people. I had some cantaloupe already chopped in the fridge just begging to be used, and it was a perfect fruit to add because it’s so light and refreshing. It was extremely refreshing and FILLING!

Ingredients:

2 Full Bananas (Frozen)                                               1/2 Cantaloupe, Chopped

1 Tablespoon Honey                                                       1 Cup Non-Fat Greek Yogurt

4 Tablespoons Orange Juice                                       2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract

2 Tablespoons of Fat Free-Milk

Directions:

1. Put all ingredients into a blender.

2. Pour into a glass and Drink Up!

My bananas were not frozen, so I just added about 10 cubes of ice to make the drink more frozen. You don’t want to add too many ice cubes because you will end up changing the texture of the smoothie and this is a very creamy smoothie.

Brent and I both had two healthy glasses and there was still leftovers. Perfect for an afternoon snack. store practically all of my leftovers for ANYTHING in a MASON jar. They are air sealed and allow everything to be stored for a much longer period of time. You would be amazed at how long you can get fresh vegetables to last in one of these things. There are all different sizes, and they cost just about 10 bucks for 10 of them at Target. Much cheaper than Tupperware.

Also, when your food, especially the health food, is in clear containers that are right in the front of the fridge, you are more likely to pick up that item than the ice cream behind it. It just looks more delicious! True life.

Happy Eating!

Whipped Strawberry Smoothie

This morning I woke up feeling dehydrated and full from a pot luck BBQ with a couple of friends. However amazing the whole night was, the next morning you crawl out of bed with 2-3 hours of lost sleep, a cotton mouth because of the two generous glasses of wine you had and a full stomach..still.

So this is where I’m at. For breakfast I was looking for something on the lighter side, just to get the metabolism going for the day, and maybe work on this hydration thing. This is where I came to decide on a smoothie. You can throw whatever you like into them and they are quick and nutritious.

The Whipped Strawberry smoothie actually has a bit of a citrus flavor to it, even thought there is no citrus fruit in it. The mint that is added actually steers the strawberry flavor to resemble a grapefruit. Weird, I know. But that’s what happened!

Ingredients:

8 Fresh Strawberries with the greens removed

1 Tablespoon Agave Nectar (or Honey)                      4 Ice Cubes

4 Mint Leaves

 

Directions:

1. Add all ingredients into blender.

2. Blend until smooth!

 

I served it with a mint garnish. I just think it looks nice. The texture of this smoothie is what makes it unique. Its very very light and you can taste how light it is. Some other things to experiment with are:

1. Adding lemon juice to play off of the citrus flavor that is already there. A few tablespoons would do it.

2. Adding seltzer water to play off the already light texture of the smoothie. Adding seltzer water will make the smoothie feel more full while adding a bit of carbonation.

Perfect for a snack, desert, or Breakfast! Give it a try and mix it up! Let me know what else you find to add to this.

Cucumber Apple Cooler

I have tried cucumber water before, and LOVED it. Its very refreshing and cool tasting. It literally cools your mouth. So with the summer months coming up….Why not something even cooler tasting. The mint and cucumber already have a cooling effect by themselves. The apple was added to sweeten it up a bit. And OLAY! A cucumber apple cooler!

It’s a really really light flavor. Not heavy in your stomach, and PERFECT for a summer day when you are just trying to cool down. Just throw a little umbrella in it and sit by the pool and you have a perfect little snack.

Ingredients:


1 Cucumber, Peeled, Chopped, and Seeded.                              5 Ice Cubes

1/4 Cup Water                                                                                   5-6 Mint Leaves, Chopped

7 Frozen Cubes of Unsweetened 100% Apple Juice

Directions:

1. Cut, peel and seed the cucumber.

(Seeding is not as hard as it sounds. I just used a spoon and skimmed it along the seeded part)

2. Throw all the ingredients into a blender. Water, ice cubes, apple juice cubes. Mint Leaves etc.

Apple Juice Cubes, Mickey Mouse Shaped. Make sure you find unsweetened apple juice because you don’t need the extra sugar. Any from concentrate will work. All that means is that the original apple juice was reduced for storing and then water was re-added to it when it was bottled.

Water

Mint Leaves

3. And Blend until Smooth.

4. Serve with a Mint or Cumcumber Garnish and you are ready to Enjoy!

This was really really refreshing and nutritionally, it is unbelievable. Extremely low calorie and low carb. Very little sugar and absolutely YUMMY!

Let me know what you think. It takes no time to make and is a quick little snack. So why not try it??