|Rula's mixed berry yogurt smoothie|
RULA: We're here to help you beat the heat this summer and we'd love you all to chime in with your favorite summer smoothie ingredients! I always keep a bag of frozen berries on hand for a quick smoothie. They're full of antioxidants, naturally sweet and delicious. Sometimes I keep it simple and stick to the berries, but if I or my kids need a more filling snack, I'll add yogurt for protein.
We are a gluten free household, so I don't add things like wheat germ, but I have added chia seeds before. As for greens...well, I eat plenty of vegetables and greens (and actually like them), so I don't need to sneak them into my shakes. Catherine and I both deal with dietary restrictions and/or family members with them, so substitutions are often necessary. Some good dairy substitutes are coconut, almond, hemp, soy or other nut/seed milks. I can handle yogurt, but not straight cow's milk, so I've used all of these alternatives in my recipes before. The shake I've been making lately uses yogurt, but feel free to switch things up!
Note - I just dump and eye the amounts when I make smoothies so these are approximate proportions. Don't sweat the measurements! This is supposed to be a cooling treat!
Rula's smoothie recipe:
2 cups mixed frozen berries (my mix has strawberries/blackberries/raspberries/blueberries)
Enough water to barely cover the berries (less if you want it thicker)
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons maple syrup
(Optional: 1 teaspoon sugar or a packet of Stevia if you want it extra sweet. I personally stay away from artificial sugar substitutes. However, I will use the herb stevia on occasion. It can have a bitter taste if you're not used to it but I find that yogurt masks it.)
Enjoy! And remember, the fun thing about smoothies is you can't go wrong. You can add or substitute whatever you want. Then kick back and relax!
CATHERINE: I hope everyone is enjoying this summer weather. If you ask me, icy cold smoothies hit the spot. Due a new twist of plot in my life, I have a new way of eating directed by my doctors and nutritionist. Therefore, my smoothie, is gluten-free, non-dairy, no artificial sweeteners and is organic. It is part of an auto-immune diet I may wind up being on for the rest of my life. However, I highly recommend this all-fruit smoothie for simple summertime fun as well!
Catherine's smoothie recipe:
1 cup blueberries
1/2 small papaya
1 cup cantaloupe
1/4 cup coconut milk
Do we have you craving summer smoothies yet? What's your favorite smoothie recipe?
Rula & Catherine
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