Mandarin Berry Cooler Recipe

Mandarin Berry Cooler

Servings: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1 medium ripe banana, cut into chunks
  • 6 ice cubes
  • 3/4 cup milk

Procedure:

  1. In a blender, combine the oranges, pineapple, strawberries and banana; cover and process until blended.
  2. Add ice and milk; cover and process until blended. Pour into chilled glasses; serve immediately.

Banana and Orange Daiquiri Recipe

Banana and Orange Daiquiri Recipe

Servings: 5 cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups sliced banana
  • 1/2 cup light rum
  • 1/2 cup bottled sweet-and-sour cocktail mix
  • 1/4 cup thawed orange juice concentrate
  • 30 ice cubes
  • Orange slices (optional)

Procedure:

  1. Place first 4 ingredients in blender, and process until smooth. With blender on, add ice cubes, 1 at a time, and process until smooth.
  2. Serve immediately. Garnish with an orange slice, if desired.

Peanut Butter with Banana and Flax Smoothies Recipe

Peanut Butter, Banana, and Flax Smoothies

Servings: 2 (serving size: about 3/4 cup)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup 1% low-fat milk
  • 1/2 cup vanilla fat-free yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons ground golden flaxseed
  • 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ripe banana, sliced

Procedure:

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender; process until smooth.
  2. Serve.

Bananas and Peanut Butter Shake Recipe

Bananas and Peanut Butter Shake

Servings: 2

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream, slightly softened
  • 1 banana, sliced

Procedure:

  1. In a bowl, beat peanut butter and 1/4 cup milk until smooth. In a blender, blend ice cream, remaining milk and banana (reserving 2 slices) until smooth.
  2. Beat in peanut butter mixture until just combined.
  3. Pour into 2 glasses and garnish each with banana slice.
  4. Serve.

Banana and Berry Smoothie Recipe

Banana and Berry Smoothie

Servings: 5 cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup low-fat plain yogurt
  • 3 cups frozen strawberries
  • 2 bananas, coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 cup fat-free milk
  • 1/4 cup crushed ice
  • 1/4 cup honey

Procedure:

  1. Process all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
  2. Serve immediately.

Banana and Mango Smoothie Recipe

Banana and Mango Smoothie

Servings: 2 Cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cubed peeled ripe mango
  • 3/4 cup sliced ripe banana (about 1 medium)
  • 2/3 cup fat-free milk
  • 1 tablespoon nonfat dry milk (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Procedure:

  1. Arrange the mango cubes in a single layer on a baking sheet; freeze until firm (about 1 hour).
  2. Place frozen mango and the remaining ingredients in a blender.
  3. Process until smooth.
  4. Serve.

Note: Freeze the cubed mango overnight in an airtight container to make this smoothie a snap to throw together (for variety, try substituting frozen berries for the mango). Remember to let frozen mango thaw for 15 minutes to soften slightly. The dry milk is optional, but one tablespoon provides about 100 milligrams of calcium.


Banana Cream Pie Smoothie Recipe

Banana Cream Pie Smoothie

Servings: 2 (serving size: 1 cup)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sliced ripe banana (about 1 large)
  • 1 cup vanilla low-fat yogurt
  • 1/2 cup 1% low-fat milk
  • 2 tablespoons whole wheat graham cracker crumbs (about 1/2 cookie sheet)
  • 1 tablespoon nonfat dry milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 ice cubes (about 1/4 cup)
  • Graham cracker crumbs

Procedure:

  1. Arrange banana slices in a single layer on a baking sheet, and freeze until firm (about 1 hour).
  2. Place frozen banana and remaining ingredients in a blender. Process until smooth. Sprinkle with graham cracker crumbs. Serve immediately.

Note: Freeze and store extra bananas in zip-top plastic bags so you can whip up this smoothie in a flash.