Fruit and Veggie Smoothie

I’m a pretty practical person. When my mom ask me what I want for a holiday gift, I usually have a hard time coming up with stuff. This year, I decided to take my birthday money though and invest in a Ninja blender. Sure, we have all seen the infomercials for it – but does it really work? I did a little online research. I usually don’t read people comments on stuff because it just gets my heart racing. The anonymity of the internet makes people think they can say anything. But I figured if the major of the 100 reviews written on multiple websites were good, maybe all those people weren’t paying to write them. I also chatted with a friend of friend who said it worked good at everything but chopping kale. Ice was my biggest concern. I had some cheap blender and it couldn’t chop ice for anything. I wanted a Starbucks quality blender at a price that fit my budget. The basic Ninja is $99. I used my Bed, Bath, and Beyond 20 percent off coupon getting it down to $80. With birthday money, I could justify the expense.

This smoothie was one of my first test. I have to say, it work beautifully. (Just so you know, I haven’t been paid a dime to say this or anything else on my blog). In the weeks ahead, I will share how it did on other recipe. (I’m even going to give homemade ice cream a try even though I didn’t buy that level of Ninja.) This recipe is definitely a keeper though. I saw it while watching Pioneer Woman on the Food Network and found the exact recipe on the internet. It will be on my Pinterest favorites if you want to tag it for later.

Orange Resolution SmoothieOrange Resolution Smoothies by Ree Drummond
2 c. frozen mangos
2 c. peaches
2 c. Greek yogurt
1 c. Orange Juice
1 c. pineapple
¼ c. honey
1 banana
1 c. mini carrots

Blend together and serve. Makes eight servings.

Notes:

  • I used canned pineapple packed in natural juices.
  • I chopped up the carrots.
  • I cut the recipe to a fourth and it made a good cup and half smoothie.

Refreshing Cocktail

This is a recipe I found in one of those Hy-Vee magazines they mail to your home. I made it for a recent party at my home. One of my friends called the fresh fruit a bonus to this refreshing sangria drink.

Peach Sangria

1 bottle of Pinot Grigio, chilled
½ c. of sugar
1/4 c. Peach Schapps
2 c. ginger ale, chilled
1 peach, sliced thinly
1 mango, sliced thinly (I peeled it)
1 orange, sliced (I peeled it)

Mix all ingredients (except ginger ale) and stir. Refrigerate for two hours before adding ginger ale and serving. Makes eight wine sized glasses.

 Note: This drink has a lot of alcohol so sip slowly.

Mango Passion

I’m allergic to Panera Bread. I’m not sure what it is but I think it is some sort of grain. They also use this ingredient in Wheat Thins and IHOP omelets. Since I can’t eat the breads at Panera, I usually buy a drink when I have a meeting at Panera. They have this delicious mango smoothie on their menu.

While perusing through my recipe binders, I found a recipe I saved from a Hy-Vee magazine for a mango smoothie. So I decided to make it. I forgot to take into account, I don’t have a professional grade blender. And when you are used to enjoying lattes and smoothies at restaurants, you forget it takes a little more blending at home to properly mix your drink. Overall, this drink was OK but I thought the banana overpowered the mango.

Mango Smoothies

2 ripe mangoes, seeded, peeled and cubed
1 small ripe banana, peeled and cut into chunks
1 (8 oz.) carton Hy-Vee low-fat vanilla yogurt
1 c. peach or apricot Looza Nectar, chilled
1 T. honey
1 c. small ice cubes

Place mango, banana, yogurt, nectar, and honey in a blender container. Cover and blend until smooth. Gradually add ice, blending til almost smooth.

Nutrition facts: (Serves 3) 240 calories, 1.5 g. fat, 0.5g. saturated fat, 5 mg cholesterol, 3 g. fiber, 55 mg. sodium, 54 g. carbs, 29 g. sugar, 4 g. protein. Daily values: 60% vitamin A, 50% vitamin C, and 15% calcium.