Musings: Taste of Summer

Today’s topic is: “Give us a taste of summer by sharing a recipe that expresses summer to you.” 

You simply can’t beat a home-made smoothie on a hot summer day.

We eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables in our house, and if something sits around a day or two too long, I throw it into the blender and make a smoothie; I call it my ‘kitchen sink’ smoothie recipe. It could have any (or all) of the following ingredients: apples, bananas, oranges, grapes, peaches, nectarines, plums, kiwi, spinach, ginger, jicama, pears, carrots, watermelon, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and cherries.

Smoothie Cups, phoebedecook.com

My 2- and 3-year-old daughters love smoothies for three reasons. First, they get to drink them out of their special pink cups with a built-in straw and a bendy straw. Second, smoothies are considered dessert because usually end up being sweet (even the ones with spinach, if you don’t overdo it). Being allowed to have dessert for a snack is quite a treat! Third, I tell them how many ingredients there are and they try to guess what is in it. “Banana?” “Yup. That’s one. Four more.” “Apple?” “Nope, try again.” “Spinach?” “Yup. Three more.”

For folks who really like a recipe to follow (like me usually), here’s an all-fruit version that I made earlier this week. My girls couldn’t get enough of it, but they generously agreed to save a small glass for my husband to try.

2 red plums
1 banana
1 cup of frozen strawberries
1 cup of watermelon juice (frozen in ice cube trays)
1 cup of grape juice
1 kiwi
1 small slice of ginger

 

Share your summer recipe in the comments.

~ Phoebe DeCook

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