The weather is heating up, and nothing beats a cool drink on a hot summer day. Mixing up a smoothie is a perfect way to cool down. Basically, a smoothie is simply a blended mixture of milk, fruit juices, yogurt, sherbet or sorbet, with fruit and ice added. These recipes can get you started. Once you’ve tried a few, start experimenting with different combinations of fruit and juice. If you are adding fruit, use frozen fruit or freeze fresh fruit in the freezer for about half an hour first. Substitute soy milk for the milk or yogurt for a healthy drink.

 

Basic Banana Smoothie In a blender, combine, 1/2 cup milk, 1 banana, 1/4 cup plain or flavored yogurt, and enough honey to sweeten to taste. Blend until smooth and serve in a chilled glass.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie To Basic Banana Smoothie, add 1/2 cup frozen strawberries. Also works great with blueberries or raspberries.

Peach Smoothie In a blender, combine one cup peeled and sliced peaches, slightly frozen, and 1/4 cup raspberries, also slightly frozen. Add one cup apple or peach juice, 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt or peach sorbet, and toss in a small handful of ice cubes. Blend until smooth.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie Blend together one frozen banana, three tablespoons peanut butter, two tablespoons chocolate syrup, and 3/4 cup milk. Serve in a chilled glass.

Peanut Butter Ice Cream Smoothie Combine 1/4 cup peanut butter with one cup vanilla ice cream and one cup milk. Blend until smooth.