Strawberry Banana Milkshake

"Is one of these for me?"
“Is one of these for me?”

1 banana

1 cup strawberries

1 cup milk

1 cup good quality vanilla ice cream (such as Haagan-Daz)

 

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend thoroughly.  Serves two. (Since we have a Vitamix, we did not have to slice the banana or chop the strawberries first before placing them in the blender.)

The picture is of our cat, Oreo, checking out the milkshake.

Tropical Almond Smoothie

Using frozen fruit in smoothies results in a creamy texture and look without the addition of dairy.

3/4 c. chopped fresh or frozen pineapple

1 frozen banana

1/2 c. to 3/4 c. orange juice (to preferred thickness)

1 T. honey

1/4 c. sliced almonds

Blend together until smooth.  Makes approximately two 8 ounce, servings.

Anti-Ox, Cholesterol Lowering, Smoothie

I enjoy apples, and my husband eats an apple a day.  Last week, researchers announced that eating an apple a day lowers LDL (the “bad”) cholesterol by as much as 23% in women. http://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/health-benefits-of-apples-and-4-other-cholesterol-lowering-foods There’s motivation for me to eat more apples (even though I don’t have high cholesterol.)

1 apple, cored and quartered

1/2 orange, peeled

1/2 c. each blueberries and blackberries (frozen)

1/4 – 1/2 c. ice (depending on whether the berries are frozen)

3/4 c. water or juice

1 t. sugar or honey

Blend in blender until smooth.  (I have a Vitamix, so I don’t need to be as fussy about cutting food into small pieces before placing in the blender.)

Great Start Breakfast Smoothie

Antioxidants in the blueberries, calcium, and “good fats” in the avocado and almonds,  this is quick to prepare (and portable.) Adapted from a recipe in Best Health magazine.

1 ripe avocado, peeled and pit removed and cut into pieces
2 c. low fat plain yogurt
juice from 1/2 lime (optional)
3 T. honey or sugar
1 1/3 c. frozen blueberries
1/4 c. sliced almonds (or almond butter)

1/3 c. milk

Note – I tried it with peanut butter instead of almond or almond butter and found peanut butter to be too strong and it overpowered the smoothie. It tasted like I was drinking peanut butter.

Blend together until smooth. Makes 4, 8 ounce servings.   (Note – one of my “recipe tasters” didn’t think it would be enough by itself for breakfast – see Debbie’s comment below and my reply.)

Just Add Honey

Visiting my rosebush

I use a lot of honey.  According to http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=96 here are some benefits of using honey:

  • Boosts immunity
  • May promote better blood sugar control
  • Can raise antioxidant levels n the blood, according to a study conducted by the University of California, who gave subjects 4 T. of honey a day and measured the antioxidant levels throughout the study.

The quality of the honey and how much it has been processed (heat kills certain beneficial properties of honey) seems to be important; raw honey has more nutrients than processed.

Topically, honey can be used to heal burns more effectively than traditional treatments, according to a small study conducted in India.

Kiwi Strawberry Smoothie

1 kiwi, peeled

10 -15 frozen strawberries

1/2 banana

1/2 c. honey

1/2 c. milk

1 tsp. vanilla

If the strawberries are fresh, add about 1/2 c. of ice.

Process in blender til smooth.  2 servings.

For more recipes with honey:

http://www.beemaid.com/recipes

http://www.honey.com/nhb/home/