When summer arrives and strawberries are in season, this is the perfect way to enjoy them.

Smoothies have become a great way to get extra fruits into our diets.

Smoothies have become a great way to get extra fruits into our diets.

When summer arrives and strawberries are in season, this is the perfect way to enjoy them.

1. Strawberry-Yogurt Smoothies

Secret Ingredient: orange juice

When summer arrives and strawberries are in season, this is the perfect way to enjoy them. Whirl up the berries with yogurt for a creamy, refreshing snack. Orange juice adds a sweet tang.

Ingredients

  • 1 quart (4 cups) ripe strawberries
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 thin orange slices (optional)

How to make it?
Hull all but 4 of the strawberries. Add the hulled strawberries to a food processor or blender. Add the yogurt, orange juice, and sugar. Process on the highest speed until a well-blended puree forms, about 15 seconds, stopping to scrape down the sides of the container once or twice. Taste the mixture and sweeten with more sugar, if you wish.
Pour into tall glasses. Slit the 4 whole strawberries and the orange slices halfway through to the centers. Attach 1 strawberry and 1 orange slice, if using, to the rim of each glass before serving.

2.Mango Smoothie

Secret Ingredient: avocado

Smoothies have become a great way to get extra fruits into our diets. This one uses avocado, which, aside from the great nutritional benefits, lends a rich and creamy mouth feel.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped ripe mango
  • 1/4 Haas avocado, peeled, pitted, and chopped
  • 1/2 cup mango sorbet
  • 1/4 cup skim milk
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1/4 cup crushed ice
  • 2 mango slices, 1/2-inch thick
  • 1 lime slice

How to make it?
In a blender, combine the chopped mango, avocado, sorbet, milk, honey, lime juice, and ice. Blend on high until smooth.
Pour into a tall glass. Slit the sliced mango and the sliced lime halfway through to the centers. Attach them to the rim of the glass before serving.

3. Gingery and Berry Oat Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • ¼cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ½cup frozen blueberries
  • ½cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • ½cup ice
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon grated fresh ginger

Preparation:
Place the oats and ½ cup water in a blender.
Let soak until the oats have softened, about 15 minutes.
Add the blueberries, yogurt, ice, sugar, and ginger.
Blend until smooth and frothy.

4. Raspberry Smoothie Chia

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 3/4 cup apple juice
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (optional)

Preparation:
Place the raspberries, apple juice, yogurt, bananas, chia seeds, and vanilla, if desired, and a blender.
Blend until smooth and frothy.

5. Orange and Banana Breakfast Smoothie
Orange and bananas are the perfect marriage of tart and creamy for this breakfast smoothie. A touch of brown sugar and almond extract, add another level of flavor.

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup (185 mL) orange juice
  • ½ cup sliced banana
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 ice cubes
  • mint sprig

How to make it?
In blender, combine orange juice, bananas, sugar and almond extract.
Add ice cubes and blend until thick and smooth. Garnish with mint sprig.
Nutritional Information (per serving)

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