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Before the Mellowing Year, Serial #11 and Banana Berry Smoothie

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Okay, call us patriotic–and (sometimes) healthy!

Last week, a few days before Memorial Day, we posted a Frosted Sugar Cookie Bar recipe and dressed those cookie bars up with some red and blue frosting to go along with the “white” cookie. Red, white, and blue–get it? But maybe this cookie bar isn’t the healthiest snack in the universe.

Now this week, a few days after the holiday, we’re still in a patriotic mood with our Banana Berry Smoothie. Only this week we’re adding healthy to our mix of flag-waving colors. Healthy is patriotic, right–as long as it tastes good! And this smoothie tastes good and looks so delicious in the glass and is cool and refreshing.

So take some red berries–strawberries are great this time of year and still in season–and mix in some white banana and yogurt then add a few blue blueberries and whirl it all together and you have this healthy and patriotic smoothie, a delicious farewell to the holiday just past or a great anticipation of the holiday to come in just a little over a month.

Or enjoy it anytime–a refreshing and healthy snack in a patriotic theme!

banana berry smoothie

Banana Berry Smoothie

1 banana, previously peeled, sliced, and frozen

1 cup mixed berries, fresh or frozen

1/4 cup milk

1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt*

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1-2 teaspoons honey

Add all of the ingredients to a blender in the order listed. Blend on high for 30 seconds, or until smooth and creamy. Taste and adjust as necessary; add more honey for a sweeter smoothie, add more milk for a thinner smoothie, or add a handful of ice for a thicker smoothie. Enjoy immediately.

Makes 1 smoothie.

*If you use vanilla Greek yogurt, you can omit the vanilla extract and honey.

berry banana smoothie

{Adapted from Food Network Kitchen}

Before the Mellowing Year, Serial #11, audio © Jeffrey Anderson

Before the Mellowing Year, Serial #11, text © Jeffrey Anderson


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