January 10, 2010

Fruit smoothies with honey.

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Like salads, smoothies are super easy to make, versatile, nutritious, and very yummy. They can even persuade me to voluntarily and happily consume one of my most despised foods - honey. Blegh :P

I hate the taste of honey. My mom tells me nearly every day (not exaggerating) that I should take at least a spoonful of honey each day to reap it’s benefits - better digestion, skin, etc. - and I’ve dutifully mixed a spoonful into my tea whenever I remember, but I still can’t stand the taste of it, no matter how fresh or “high quality” it is.

At the skydiving place during our Hawaii vacation, my brother and I enjoyed fruit smoothie bowls topped with granola and fresh fruit…and drizzled with honey. I was very apprehensive at first, but Jeffrey raved about the amazing flavor and texture combination that honey, fruit, and granola create, so I tried it…and it really was amazing! The slight tartness of the fruit and crunchiness of the granola cut through the intense sweetness and stickiness of the honey, creating a much milder flavor that I actually really liked :)

So, I’ve decided to give honey another try…as long as it’s mixed in with fruit or granola :D Exhibit A: fruit smoothies with a whole spoonful of honey in each serving. The fruit flavors help mitigate the intense honey flavor, and the end result is a not just tolerable but totally delicious treat, even for a honey-hater :D

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Fruit Smoothies with Honey
2 servings

Strawberry flavor:
3/4 c. fresh or thawed frozen strawberries
1/4 c. yogurt (strawberry or any other flavor you like)
1 1/2 c. crushed ice
2 tbsp. honey

Blueberry-orange flavor:
1/2 c. fresh or thawed frozen blueberries
1/3 c. orange juice
1/4 c. yogurt (blueberry or other flavor)
1 1/2 c. crushed ice
2 tbsp. honey

(Experiment with other fruit/juice proportions and combinations!)

Add all ingredients to blender. Blend on high speed for several seconds, or until smooth with no ice chunks.

Pour into cups and enjoy!


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