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Smoothies, Shakes and Yummy Drinks!

January 2, 2010 21:42 by Barbara Shelby

 

SMOOTHIES...
are easy and fun to make
– you don’t even need a recipe! For a simple smoothie, all you need is a blender, fruit and a liquid. You can use fresh fruit in season or keep frozen fruit on hand to use year round.


To boost the nutritional value of your drink, you can toss in a little wheat germ or uncooked oatmeal. A homemade smoothie makes a quick, tasty breakfast or a snack full of fiber, vitamins and protein. It’s like a milkshake without the guilt.

General Directions: Start by placing about a half-cup of liquid in the blender, then a sliced banana, or a cup of other fruit, and purée until smooth, gradually adding more liquid until you reach the desired consistency. If you use fresh fruit and want an instantly chilled smoothie, replace a little of the liquid with a few ice cubes.

 Here are a few tips:
1. For a FROSTY DRINK, use frozen fruit (bananas work well).
2. AVOID sweetened frozen fruit as this adds calories and may make the drink too syrupy sweet.
3. If it’s TOO THICK, add more milk, 100% fruit juice or soymilk.
4. If it’s TOO THIN, add more fruit, ice cubes, yogurt (fresh or frozen) or tofu.
5. It it’s TOO TART, add honey or a little sugar.
6. If it’s TOO SWEET, add lemonade or a small spoonful of lemon juice.

ORANGE BASED DRINKS...


MORNING SUNRISE SMOOTHIE
1 banana, peeled and sliced
1/2 cup of strawberries
1/2 cup of orange juice
A handful of ice cubes
Any yogurt

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
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ORANGE SMOOTHIE
6 oz Orange juice concentrate — frozen
1 c Milk
1 c Water
1/4 c Sugar
1/2 tsp Vanilla
10 Ice cubes
Place all ingredients in a blender. Cover and blend until smooth. Serve immediately. Serves 6.
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ICEY ORANGE DELIGHT
Ingredients:
5 scoops orange sherbet
3 scoops vanilla ice cream
5 ice cubes
2 cups orange juice, no pulp
1/2 cup low-fat milk
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 cup fresh strawberries
Whipped cream

Blend all together to make a smoothie consistency drink. Pour into a frosted glass, top with whipped cream, blueberries and strawberries.
Number of servings: 2
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ORANGE FROSTY
1/2 cup frozen orange-juice concentrate
1 cup milk or plain yogurt
1 teaspoon sugar, optional
4 to 5 ice cubes

Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend. Makes four 1/2-cup servings. For variation, add a ripe banana, a ripe peach, or a cup of fresh strawberries
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ORANGE CREAM
Only two ingredients!
1 cup orange juice
4 scoops vanilla frozen yogurt
Combine the orange juice and frozen yogurt in a blender or food processor. Blend until creamy. Serves 1.
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MOO-LESS ORANGE JULIUS
Soy milk is used in this smoothie, instead of cow's milk. There is also orange juice concentrate and sugar or sugar replacement.
Ingredients:
1 cup vanilla soy milk
1/4 cup frozen orange juice concentrate
1 cup water
1/4 cup sugar (or Splenda)
1 teaspoon vanilla
6 ice cubes
Place all ingredients in the blender, and blend until smooth.
Two large servings
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ORANGE JULIUS #1
1/2 of a 6 ounce can (or 1/3 cup) frozen orange juice concentrate
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
5 or 6 ice cubes
PREPARATION:
Combine all ingredients in a blender, cover, and blend until smooth. About 30 seconds. Serve immediately. Instead of milk, use a few scoops of vanilla ice cream. This will make the mixture smoother and creamier.
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EXACTLY LIKE ORANGE JULIUS IN THE MALL…
Ingredients
2 cups orange juice
1 cup water
2 tablespoons powdered coffee creamer
1/2 cup sugar
14-16 full sized ice cubes
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 peeled orange, for extra flavor (optional)
Directions
...Add all ingredients into blender and blend on high until no ice chunks are left.

Tips: 

It is not recomended to exchange the powdered creamer with milk, as the acid in the orange juice will curdle the milk! Powdered milk may be used in emergency! Reviews on this drink are excellent!

ORANGE PINAPPLE SMOOTHIE
1 cup orange juice
2 cups pineapple chunks packed in their own juice, drained
1 banana
1/4 cup skim milk
2 Tbsp. honey
4-5 ice cubes
Place all ingredients in a blender and purée until smooth.
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ORANGE PINAPPLE COCONUT SMOOTHIE
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup pineapple juice
1 tbsp coconut milk
1/2 banana
1/4 tsp grated fresh ginger root
1/2 cup crushed ice or 2 small ice cubes
Add all ingredients to blender and process until smooth.
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ORANGE APRICOT SMOOTHIE
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon Apricot Jam
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup orange juice
2 ice cubes
Directions:
Combine ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve immediately with drinking straws.
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FROSTY ORANGE COOLER
Ingredients:
2 cups cold orange juice
4 generous scoops orange sherbet
Chilled ginger ale
PREPARATION:
Pour about 1/2 cup orange juice into each of 4 tall glasses. Add a scoop of orange sherbet to each glass. Fill glasses with ginger ale. Stir slightly to blend.
Makes 4 servings. (More if put in small Dixie cups)

 

TWO PEACH SMOOTHIES

 

PERFECT PEACH SMOOTHIE
2 cups milk
1 cup canned peaches including juice syrup
1 cup vanilla yogurt
3 ice cubes
Directions:
Combine ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve immediately with drinking straws
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PEACH SMOOTHIE
2 peaches, peeled, pitted and FROZEN
1/2 cup plain yogurt
2 Tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla

Chop frozen peaches into medium chunks. Put yogurt, maple syrup and vanilla in blender. Put lid on blender. Turn blender on highest setting; drop frozen peach chunks in through the opening in the blender lid, one at a time until thoroughly pureed.

Good for breakfast...also good with frozen strawberries, frozen peeled bananas, etc.

 

CHOCOLATE BASED DRINKS

 

CHOCOLATE BANANA & MORE SMOOTHIE
Ingredients:
1 cup plain nonfat yogurt
2 teaspoons peanut butter
2 teaspoons chocolate syrup
1 frozen banana
Combine in a blender and mix until smooth.
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CHOCOLATE MINT DRINK (More of a float)
This is a chocolate mint drink with milk, ice cream, malted milk powder, and mint flavoring.
1/2 cup chocolate malted milk powder
4 cups cold milk
dash salt
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pint chocolate or vanilla ice cream
In a pitcher, dissolve malted milk powder in about 1 cup of the milk; add remaining milk. Stir in salt, peppermint, and vanilla. Chill thoroughly. Pour into glasses and add a scoop of ice cream just before serving.
Serves 4 to 6.
Originally from Diana Rattray in about.com
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CINNAMON CHOCOLATE SMOOTHIE
2
cups milk
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup chocolate chips
2 ice cubes
Directions:
Combine ingredients (except for chocolate chips) in blender and blend until smooth. Take chocolate chips and warm in microwave until soft and pour into smoothie mix. Pour into glasses and serve immediately with drinking straws

CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER SMOOTHIE
In blender--- 1 cup vanilla yogurt, 2 TSP peanut butter, 1/2 cup milk, 1/4 cup chocolate chips, 1/4 cup ice. Optional: 1/2 banana. Serve immediately
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BLUEBERRY SMOOTHIES...


SUPER BLUEBERRY SMOOTHIE
2 cups apple juice
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 teaspoon honey
Whirl all together in blender!
1 large serving...
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BLUEBERRY SMOOTHIE
1/2 cup orange juice
1 cup plain, low-fat yogurt (blueberry would be nice but any will work)
1 cup washed, stemmed blueberries
honey to taste

Place all the ingredients in a blender. Blend on high speed until smooth
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BLUEBERRY SMOOTHIE #2
1 pint fresh blueberries or 2 cups (10 oz.) frozen blueberries, slightly thawed
1 cup pineapple, orange and strawberry juice blend or pineapple-orange juice
1 container (8 oz.) low fat vanilla yogurt
2 teaspoons sugar
Directions:
In the container of an electric blender, combine blueberries, juice, yogurt and sugar. Blend until smooth, about 1 minute. Serve immediately in tall glasses.
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BLUEBERY SUPREME...
Great in the morning!
1 cup fresh blueberries
4 scoops vanilla frozen yogurt
1/2 to 1 cup milk
Combine the blueberries, frozen yogurt and milk in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth, adding more milk if necessary. Serves 1.

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RASBERRY/STRAWBERRY/MIXED BERRY


EASY FRESH BERRY SHAKE
1 cup milk
½ banana, sliced
¼ cup fresh berries
Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix well. Makes 4 to 6 small servings.
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LOTS OF BERRIES SMOOTHIE
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup frozen raspberries
1/2 cup apple juice
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 cup nonfat frozen yogurt
1/2 cup ice
Directions:
Combine all ingredients in blender; mix until smooth and frothy.
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TRIPLE RASBERRY SMOOTHIE
1 cup frozen concentrated raspberry juice
1 cup frozen raspberries
1 cup vanilla yogurt
1 cup cold water
1 teaspoon raspberry jam
3 ice cubes
Directions:
Combine ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve immediately with drinking straws.
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RASBERRY SMOOTHIE
1 cup orange juice
1 cup raspberry yogurt
1 cup vanilla frozen yogurt
1/2 frozen banana (chunks)
1 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
Place all ingredients into a blender in the order listed. Blend at a low setting for the first minute, then the high setting until smooth.
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COCONUT-STRAWBERRY FIZZ
This is cool and creamy, but light---with strawberries, coconut milk and a nice soda fizz.
Ingredients:
1/2 cup coconut milk
4 cups frozen strawberries
3 Tbsp sugar
1 cup club soda
Combine all ingredients in blender and process until smooth. Pour into two tall glasses.

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BANANA AND MORE SMOOTHIES...

 

BANANA & STRAWABERRY SMOOTHIE
 
•2 bananas
  •1 1/2 cups pineapple juice
  •1 (8 ounce) container vanilla low-fat yogurt
  •1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries - preferably fresh and very ripe!
Peel bananas and slice into 1/2 inch pieces. Put on a baking sheet without overlapping and freeze until they get hard. (Or add a few ice-cubes and use bananas as is...) When frozen, put into an electric blender along with pineapple juice, yogurt and strawberries. Whirl until smooth.
Yield: 5 cup
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HONEY CRUNCH BANANA SMOOTHIE
2 cups milk
1 frozen banana, chopped
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 teaspoon of honey
wheat germ for garnish
Directions:
Combine ingredients (except for wheat germ) in blender and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and sprinkle on some wheat germ and serve immediately with drinking straws.
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BANANA-OAT SMOOTHIE
1 Cup Milk
1 Packet Instant Oatmeal, Regular Flavor
1 Whole Banana, Cut In Chunks
1 Cup Orange Juice
Combine all ingredients in a blender. Cover and blend on high speed for 1 min.
Yield: two 8 oz servings
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BANANA PINAPPLE BREAKFAST SHAKE
Source: Diabetic Cooking Magazine
Ingredients:
2 cups plain fat-free yogurt
1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple in juice, undrained
1 ripe medium banana
8 packets sugar substitute
1 cup ice cubes
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Fresh pineapple slices, for garnish (optional)
Place all ingredients in blender. Cover; blend until smooth. Pour into 4 serving glasses. Garnish with pineapple slices, if desired.
Dietary Exchanges: 1/2 Milk, 1 1/2 Fruit

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BANANA, ORANGE AND VANILLA...SMOOTHIE
INGREDIENTS:
2 bananas, broken into chunks
1 cup vanilla ice cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1 cup milk
Place banana and vanilla ice cream into a blender. Pour in vanilla extract, orange juice, and milk. Puree until thick and smooth.
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BANANA MIX-UP SMOOTHIE
1 ripe banana, cut up
2 cups apple juice
1 teaspoon orange extract
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 teaspoon honey
Directions:
Combine ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve immediately with drinking straws
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FROZEN BANANA & CHOCOLATE SHAKE
Frozen banana chunks are combined in the blender with chocolate syrup, milk, chocolate ice cream:
3 or 4 bananas, peeled, cut into chunks and frozen
1/2 cup chocolate syrup
1 cup milk
2 large scoops chocolate ice cream
3 tablespoons Malt Powder (usually found in the ice cream syrup section of the store)
Extra chocolate syrup (optional)
Banana slices (optional)

In blender, combine banana chunks, chocolate syrup, milk, chocolate ice cream and malt powder. Blend until smooth. To serve swirl the insides of four tall, clear glasses with the additional syrup, if you wish. Pour in the shakes. Float slices of banana on top, to garnish.

TIP: Whenever you have bananas that are ripening too quickly, peel them, cut them into chunks, and place then in the freezer in zipper-type bags. As you need them, you'll have them frozen to add to the coolness and thickening of ANY drink.
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MONKEY TREAT

1 to 3 tbsp. natural peanut butter, chunky or smooth 
1 frozen banana
2 cup orange juice
Combine the frozen banana, peanut butter and orange juice in a blender or food processor. Blend until creamy. A swirl of chocolate syrup is the perfect topping for this thick and nutty treat...
Serves 1.
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BANANA SMOOTHIE OR POPS...
Ingredients:
1 (14-ounce) can EAGLE BRAND® Sweetened Condensed Milk (NOT evaporated milk)
1 (8-ounce) container vanilla yogurt
2 ripe bananas, sliced
1/2 cup orange juice

To make a 'Smoothie'...In a blender, blend EAGLE BRAND® and remaining ingredients until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides. Serve immediately.

To make 'Pops'... Spoon banana mixture into 8 (5-ounce) paper cups. Freeze 30 minutes. Insert wooden craft stick into the center of each cup; freeze until firm. Makes 8 pops.

Other Fruit Smoothies:
Substitute 1 cup of your favorite fruit and 1/2 cup any fruit juice for banana and orange juice.
From: eaglebrand.com

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TROPICAL FIVE SMOOTHIE
1 large banana, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
2 kiwi fruit, peeled and quartered
1/2 cup peeled and diced mango
1/2 cup peeled and diced papaya
1cup freshly squeezed orange juice
3 ice cubes
Directions
Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
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PINA COLADA SMOOTHIE
1 cup frozen pineapple pieces
1 frozen banana, peel banana before freezing
3/4 cups milk
1/2 cup frozen vanilla or strawberry yogurt
1/2 cup orange juice
3 tablespoon coconut
Directions
Combine all ingredients together and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.
Garnish with blueberry skewers spiraled with thin strips of orange peel, if desired. Yields 2 portions.

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MELON SMOOTHIES


MELON SMOOTHIE
1/2 cantaloupe or honeydew melon, peeled, seeded and cubed.
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
2 cups apple juice
3 ice cubes
Directions:
Combine ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve immediately with drinking straws.
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DOUBLE MELON SMOOTHIE
1/2 cups seeded and chopped watermelon
1 1/2 cups seeded and chopped honeydew melon
Juice of 2 limes
1 cup vanilla nonfat yogurt
1 cup ice cubes
Directions
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
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WATERMELON SMOOTHIE COOLERS
You may want to consider buying "seedless" watermelon, which has small, white seedpods (instead of black seeds) that are edible and virtually unnoticeable once you blend the melon. If making these at home (and not for SAC) for a special touch---serve in tall frosted glasses and top with a sprinkling of mini chocolate chips.
Ingredients:
3 cups fresh watermelon cubes
1 cup crushed ice
1 cup watermelon, raspberry or lime sherbet
4 tsp. lime juice
1/2 cup miniature semisweet or white chocolate chips 

  • Wash the whole melon as you would other fruits and vegetables, and cut it into quarters. (The number of quarters you'll need to yield 3 cups of cubes will depend on the size of the melon.)
  • Slice each quarter you plan to use lengthwise into three wedges, and then slice the flesh away from the rind. 
  • Use a fork to scrape away the seeds and chop the melon into cubes.
  • Combine the crushed ice, watermelon cubes, lime juice and watermelon, raspberry, or lime sherbet, and blend until smooth.
  • Pour the mixture into the frosted glasses and top each one with a half dozen miniature chocolate chips.

Serves four if using large glasses---more if in small cups for kids...

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MILK SHAKE RECIPES...

OLD FASHIONED CHOCOLATE MILKSHAKE
1 cup chocolate or vanilla ice cream
1/2 cup whole milk
3 - 4 tablespoons chocolate syrup
Directions
Put all the ingredients in the canister of a blender. Blend until smooth.
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CLASSIC VANILLA MILKSHAKE
3 scoops vanilla ice cream
1-1/2 cups milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons sugar
Directions
In a blender combine ice cream, milk, vanilla and sugar. Blend until smooth.
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CREAMY PUDDING MILKSHAKE
3/4 cup milk
1 tablespoon instant vanilla pudding
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
2 scoops vanilla ice cream
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CLASSIC JELL-O MILKSHAKE
1 cup milk
1 pkg. (4-serving size) Jello, any flavor
1 pint vanilla ice cream, softened
Directions
Place milk and ice cream in blender. Add Jello. Blend 30 seconds.
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FUZZY NAVEL MILKSHAKE
4 scoops vanilla ice cream
1 cup peaches, peeled, pitted, cut up into chunks
1 cup cold orange juice
2 strawberries (garnish)
Directions
In a blender, combine ice cream, peaches and orange juice. Blend until smooth. Garnish with strawberries.
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TROPICAL BREEZE MILKSHAKE
5 cups chocolate or vanilla ice cream
2 1/2 cup milk
1 1/4 cup canned unsweetened coconut milk
1 large pineapple, peeled, cored, chopped
5 ripe bananas, peeled
3 medium papayas, peeled, seeded, chopped
32 strawberries, hulled
Directions
Blend 1 1/4 cups ice cream, 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoon milk, 5 teaspoons coconut milk, 1/4 of pineapple, 1 1/4 bananas, 1/4 of papayas and 8 strawberries in blender until smooth.
Pour into large pitcher. Repeat with remaining ingredient in 3 more batches.
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'I LOVE STRAWBERRIES' MILKSHAKE
1 cup milk
6 scoops strawberry ice cream
2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon strawberry ice cream topping
1 tablespoon whipped cream, optional
Fresh strawberries, sliced, optional
Directions...
Combine first 5 ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Garnish with whipped topping and sliced strawberries.

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TWINKIE SHAKE
Ingredients:

2 c. milk
6 Hostess Twinkies
4 Oreo cookies
3 c. vanilla ice cream
1/3 cup milk
In a blender, add milk and Twinkies; blend for 5 to 10 seconds. Add Oreo cookies. Blend together. Add 3 cups vanilla ice cream. Blend until smooth. Add the second milk--blend...
Source: about.com LET US KNOW IF YOU MAKE THIS ONE! 
 

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REFRESHING MINT SHAKE (Nice for Spring time or St. Paddy's Day!) 

2 scoops vanilla ice cream 
3/4 cup milk
3 or 4 drops green food coloring and a few  drops of peppermint extract flavoring...to suit your taste. 
Chocolate syrup

Put ice cream, milk, peppermint, a few squeezes of chocolate syrup, and food coloring into a blender. Blend until smooth and green. Pour into glass.

NOTE: Having just made the above recipe, I added a few more large scoops of ice cream for a thicker shake. Either decrease the milk or increase the ice-cream. Don't be afraid to add the chocolate syrup. It doesn't change the color and gives it a good taste.

You can also omit the peppermint extract if you prefer a plain shake; however, it really does leave a refreshing taste after it's finished! Image by KidActivities.net

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Beverages good for WARM WEATHER...

SANGRIA FOR KIDS

In a large pitcher mix 4 parts purple grape juice...
2 parts seltzer...
1 1/2 parts orange juice...
Garnish with orange slices and cherries! 

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This one is sooo good and easy too! REFRESHING and PRETTY WATERMELON COOLER

 Ingredients: Watermelon chunks and frozen lemonade ice-cubes ( A couple strawberries thrown into the blender would also add a nice taste!)

This is extremely easy to make...just chunk up a watermelon and put into a blender. After combining watermelon, add PRE-MADE lemonade ice-cubes and continue to whirl in the blender. This drink will not be 'slushy' but more of a smooth or watery drink.

Add a few ice-cubes (made from water) to a glass and enjoy!

The cooler is best if drank immediately-- as it will separate as it sits... (The pictured drink was made using about 3 cups of watermelon and about 7 small lemonade ice-cubes. If too many frozen-lemonade cubes are used, they will overpower the drink. The glass in the sample is very large; this amount would fill two regular size glasses. NOTE: It is actually my husband's favorite summer drink that has been sampled this year! Oh! And did I forget to mention how much healthier this is than a soft drink beverage? (Image by KidActivities.net)

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ALL FRUIT SUMMER COOLERS
(Something nice for you at home...)
Keep this frozen fruit concoction prepared in your freezer all summer for easy access to a cool beverage.
Ingredients:
1 (12 oz.) can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
1 (12 oz.) can frozen pineapple mango juice concentrate, thawed
1 (12 oz.) can frozen grape juice concentrate, thawed
3 bananas
6 cups water
1 (2 liter) bottles diet lemon-lime soda
In a blender, puree the first four ingredients until smooth. Pour into 4-quart container. Stir in water. Freeze until firm. To prepare smoothies, thaw slightly. For each smoothie, scoop 1 cup of frozen mixture into blender. Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup soda. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

I copied this recipe from someone else-but like her-I keep this mixture in my freezer so that it is available whenever anyone wants a cool and refreshing drink. I often substitute other flavors of juice and sometimes add fresh strawberries.
Number of servings: 16-20 Casssie/Mi.
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SNOW CONES
To make each cone, place crushed ice in a paper cup. Mix one part unsweetened frozen apple or orange juice concentrate with one part water. Pour the diluted concentrate over the ice.
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FRUIT FIZZY SLUSH
Don’t plan your summer party without this refreshing drink
. Pour one can of Sprite (it doesn’t have caffeine) into a blender, along with small ice cubes. Add several large strawberries, a handful of blueberries, or other favorite fruit to the mix. Blend the mixture until it has the texture of slush. Pour into a glass and garnish with a cherry on top.

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FRUITED LEMONADE... So much prettier than regular lemonade!

First, make your favorite lemonade. Add a variety of sliced fruit. After being refrigerated, the lemonade will pick up the colors and taste of the added fruit.

The lemonade in the image was made using orange slices, blueberries, sliced strawberries, and squished rasberries to add the red color. Add ice-cubes and enjoy! (Image by KidActivities.net)

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PINEAPPLE AND COCONUT SLUSH

The tropical flavors of pineapple and coconut are perfect together blended with ice.
Ingredients:
1 cup pineapple juice
1 cup crushed pineapple
1/2 cup coconut milk (canned or fresh)
Juice from one lime
Ice to top of blender
 •Blend ingredients until ice is slushy. Pour into frosted glasses and enjoy immediately.
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CLASSIC LEMONADE
This lemonade is quick and easy and refreshing on a hot summer day. Pour a large pitcher and garnish with fresh raspberries, cranberries or slices of lemon.
  • 10 lemons
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 cups crushed ice
Cut 1/2 OF ONE LEMON into thin slices and set aside. Juice a(Squeeze) theremaining 9 1/2 lemons and pour into a glass pitcher or punch bowl. Stir in the water and sugar until dissolved. Pour in the crushed ice and float the lemon slices on top.
About 6 glasses

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SPRING OR SUMMERTIME PUNCH!
Easy...only two ingredients!
2 gallon lime sherbet
2 liters 7-up or Sprite
Let the sherbet soften in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours before preparing. Mix sherbet and soda in punch bowl or large mixing bowl with a hand mixer on medium speed until well blended.
Serve
OR MAKE ONE SERVING...

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YUMMY LIME DRINKS
Put one, or two small scoops of lime sherbet in a clear plastic glass... Pour 7-Up over the sherbet.
Optional: Add a dollop of whipped cream, green sugar sprinkles and a maraschino cherry!
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HOME-MADE SODA POP
Ingredients: Fruit Juice, Club Soda
Directions: Fill a glass 2/3 full with your favorite fruit juice. Then add club soda and stir briefly. For variety, try mixing two or more fruit juices, like orange and cranberry or grape and lemonade, before adding the club soda.

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PURPLE COW
Need:
¼ cup unsweetened grape juice
1 cup milk
1 sliced banana
Mix all ingredients together in a blender.
Makes 4-6 small servings
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BLACK COW (recipe makes 1)
Ingredients:
Root Beer, vanilla ice-cream, chocolate syrup
Directions:
Place 2 tablespoons of syrup in bottom of large glass. Add root beer, stirring until liquid is within 2 inches of top of glass. Add a huge scoop of ice cream.

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MAGICAL LAYERED JUICE
Ingredients:
1/4 cup chilled fruit nectar--apricot or peach
1/4 cup fruit punch drink
6 oz. glass

Pour fruit nectar into glass.
Tilt the glass and SLOWLY add the fruit punch.
Do not stir.
Makes one serving

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FOR AUTUMN!

ZESTY PUMPKIN SMOOTHIE
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 cup vanilla yogurt
2 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
4 ice cubes
Directions:
Combine ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve immediately with drinking straws.

PUMPKIN SMOOTHIE
4 servings, about 1 cup each
1 qt. (4 cups) milk
1 pkg. (4-serving size) JELL-O Butterscotch Flavor Instant Pudding & Pie Filling
1/2 cup vanilla ice cream, softened
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
PLACE all ingredients in large pitcher with tight-fitting lid; cover. Shake vigorously 1 minute or until well blended.
POUR evenly into 4 glasses. Serve immediately. (Mixture thickens as it stands. Thin with additional milk, if desired.)
From Kraft Food Website

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A WINTERTIME GOODIE!
NORTH POLE STRAWBERRY SMOOTHIE

Makes:2 servings
1 package (10 ounces) frozen strawberries in syrup, partially thawed and undrained
1/4 cup water
2 cups vanilla frozen yogurt
2 tablespoons vanilla reduced-fat yogurt
1 strawberry-flavored or peppermint candy cane, about 6 inches long, finely crushed
Green decorating gel
1. Place strawberries and water in blender. Cover and blend on medium-high speed until slushy. Blend on medium speed until smooth. Transfer to 2-cup measure.
2. Wash and dry blender. Place frozen yogurt and reduced-fat yogurt in blender. Cover and blend on medium speed until smooth.
3. Place crushed candy cane on small plate. Pipe decorating gel around rim of two 12-ounce glasses. Dip rims into crushed candy.
4. Carefully pour yogurt mixture and strawberries at the same time into glasses, creating a half-and-half design. Serve with large drinking straws if desired.
From: bettycrocker.com

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