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    Are you looking for a healthy but delicious snack, breakfast or lunch, well a smoothie cannot be beat. The key to a good smoothie is usually yogurt — that’s what gives the drink its thickness and substance. Some of the smoothie recipes below contain interesting alternatives to yogurt (oatmeal or ground raw cashews anyone?).

    Selecting the right combination of fruit (you can use fresh or frozen) is also part of concocting a good smoothie. Start with a favorite flavor base.  You can then experiment with fruit pairings or try some of the following:

    Berry Banana:

    You can use fresh or frozen blueberries when making a smoothieBananas and yogurt make this recipe really rich and creamy.

    Ingredients

    1 ripe banana, cut into pieces

    2 cups of berriesblueberries (fresh or frozen), strawberries (quartered), or other berries

    1/2 cup crushed ice

    2 cups plain yogurt

    1/4 cup honey

    Method

    Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.

    Blueberry Acia:
    Wow!  What a great way to start your day with this great smoothie recipe which contains both vanilla soy milk and acia juice.
    Blueberry Acai Smoothie
    vegan, serves 2

    1 1/2 cups vanilla soy milk
    1 1/2 frozen bananas
    1 cup frozen blueberries
    1 cup frozen strawberries
    1 acai frozen smoothie pak OR 1 cup acai juice
    *if you use the juice, remove 1/2 cup of the soy milk
    3/4 cup ice

    Method:

    Blend. Pour, Sip. Smile. Easy!

    Raspberry and Peach:

    Raw cashews (soaked and ground) gives this recipe a creamy taste and texture and a jolt of protein.
    2 cups (raw) cashews, soaked 4-8 hours, discard soaking water
    2 cups water
    1 cup raspberries (frozen)
    1 cup peaches (frozen)
    2 tablespoon agave nectar
    1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    4 ice cubes (if you want it colder)

    Method:

    Place cashews and water in a Vita mix and process on high speed until creamy, about 1 minute

    Add raspberries, peaches, agave and vanilla and blend until rich and smooth

    Blend in ice cubes if desired

    Serve in tall glasses


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