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Recipes: assorted smoothies

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Starting the day with something cool now that the weather’s turned hot is a good thing. A creamy smoothie can be just the thing to get your day started right.

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Unfortunately, many of the store-bought smoothies can contain a lot of sugar, so many of us tend to look for a terrific-tasting, homemade, LOW-SUGAR SMOOTHIE. This particular low-sugar smoothie has frozen fruit to make it icy cold and plain yogurt, all-natural stevia sweetener and low-sugar berries to make it extra healthy.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups plain low-fat yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon fiber or protein powder
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 packer stevia sweetener

Directions:

  1. Put yogurt, powder, strawberries, water and stevia into a blender and pulse on low setting.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour into a glass and enjoy.

Serves two

Peach or Berry Smoothies Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sliced fresh peaches, nectarines and/or apricots
  • 1 cup fat-free milk
  • 1 6-ounce carton peach fat-free yogurt with no-calorie sweetener
  • 1 cup small ice cubes or crushed ice

Directions:

  1. In a blender, combine fruit, milk and yogurt. Cover and blend until smooth.
  2. Gradually add ice through hole in lid, blending until almost smooth.
  3. If desired, garnish each serving with fresh fruit.

Makes 4 (1-cup) servings.

Double Blue Berry Smoothies:

Substitute blueberry yogurt for peach yogurt and 1 ½ cups fresh or frozen blueberries and ½ cup fresh or frozen blackberries for peaches.

Double Red Berry Smoothies:

Substitute strawberry yogurt for peach yogurt and 1 ½ cups fresh or frozen sliced strawberries and ½ cup fresh or frozen red raspberries for peaches.

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