Summer Smoothies

 

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It’s summer, time to dust off that blender and whip up some cool, healthy, icy drinks. Nothing like the sound of ice being crushed to send goose-bumps up your spine. It also puts my mind in RELAX mode; I start looking around for a chaise lounge and a floppy straw hat.

Pina Colada Smoothie

Smoothies do not have to be made with milk, you know. They are refreshing and fruity in pareve form too: my Watermelon Mango Cooler and Red Apple Smoothie are dairy-free and simply delicious.

For the grown-ups among us, I created this absolutely delish Pina Colada Smoothie. Get yourself a cocktail umbrella, don your RayBans and hit the beach (or your deck, your balcony, or the front stoop of your house.) You know this baby was meant to be enjoyed in the sun. Don’t worry, it’s alcohol free, so you can still drive your carpool.

Watermelon Mango Cooler

Okay folks, you know I love peanut butter — in mousse, in ice cream, in cookies, by the spoonful. You too? So why not in a smoothie?

To tell the truth, my favorite sandwich is toasted whole wheat bread smothered with peanut butter, topped with a halved banana, drizzled with honey and then thrown into the broiler for a minute. I discovered this sandwich sensation during a pregnancy, but I eat my fave “pregnancy sandwich” all the time now. So this heavenly creation  inspired me to throw my PB in the blender (sans the bread!) and make Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie.  Totally yummalicious – you cannot go wrong with this one! And it’s full of protein, in case anyone is keeping nutrition score.

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Blend up a batch of each of these cool and tasty blender delights — and treat yourself to a party – but don’t be surprised if the neighbors come calling.

Some other smoothies for you to try:
Banana Cocoa Soy Smoothie
Citrus Berry Smoothie
Sweet Strawberry-Watermelon Soul Smoothie
Basic Bananaloupe Smoothie

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Jamie Geller is the only best-selling cookbook author who wants to get you out of the kitchen – not because she doesn’t love food – but because she has tons to do. As “The Bride Who Knew Nothing” Jamie found her niche specializing in fast, fresh, family recipes. Now the "Queen of Kosher" (CBS) and the "Jewish Rachael Ray" (New York Times), she's the creative force behind JoyofKosher.com and "Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller" magazine . Jamie and her hubby live in Israel with their five busy kids who give her plenty of reasons to get out of the kitchen - quickly. Check out her new book, "Joy of Kosher: Fast, Fresh Family Recipes."