Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Raspberry Breakfast Smoothie

This is just a quick post but this smoothie is fantastic and it will tantalize your taste buds!  The orange blossom honey really creates a great blend of flavors.  You should definitely make it for breakfast tomorrow!  My family and I are in Michigan for a vacation, so my posts this week will be brief but this is a great breakfast or snack and it is so refreshing in the hot summer sun.  I think I will be making this a lot for Mason and Gabby after a long day at camp.  I personally think that raspberries are a perfect food.  They are packed full of vitamin C and have a low glycemic index - meaning they won't make your blood sugar spike.  New research studies have even been started to examine the effects of raspberries contributing to the management of obesity and type 2 diabetes...so interesting!  
Anyways, this is a great recipe for your kids to make with you and it's not very messy - just put all of the ingredients in and blend away!  Happy summer everyone!

I recommend using orange blossom honey or a honey infused with a different flavor undertone like lavender or cloves.  You can use regular honey but I love the orange blossom flavor.  This brand is made in New Jersey and I found it at Whole Foods.

La Recette:

1 1/4 cup frozen raspberries
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup orange blossom honey or regular honey or agave nectar if you need to make it vegan
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup orange juice
1 cup plain greek yogurt, or soy yogurt if you have a dairy allergy or need to make it vegan
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups ice
*As a variation, try throwing in a banana.

-Measuring cups
-Measuring spoons
-Blender or food processor, or a Vitamix

-Place the raspberries, sugar, honey, water, orange juice, yogurt, and vanilla into a blender and blend until smooth.
-Add in the ice and blend again until smooth.
-The raspberry seeds will be in the smoothie and you can strain it if desired.  I kind of like the seeds :)

*Serves ~ 4. 

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