Thursday, October 13, 2011

Mango Coconut Smoothie

    I asked my friend Natalie to babysit my preschool-aged children this morning so I could volunteer at my fourth-grade son’s class. Since I live near the elementary schools for our kids, Natalie offered to come to house. She arrived early so she could make smoothies for everybody before I shuttled the kids to school.
     The most exciting part is…the smoothies were DELICIOUS! They tasted like tropical fruit with a hint of coconut. As our combined eight kids stood around the kitchen enjoying their smoothies, there was a moment of peace. Most of them asked for seconds. My fourth-grader said, “This is the best smoothie I ever tasted.”  That’s when I decided to blog it! Natalie used a published recipe in a cookbook, but she changed a couple ingredients and threw stuff in the blender without really measuring. Here’s basically what she did:
 7 frozen whole strawberries
1 c. frozen diced mango
2 frozen bananas
11.3 fl. oz. can guava nectar
11.3 fl oz. can mango nectar
1/16 tsp. imitation coconut extract
         I asked Natalie where she bought the guava nectar and mango nectar, expecting her to name a specialty food store, but she said they were at Food Lion! (And less than $1 apiece!) So all the ingredients for this smoothie are available at your local grocery store J
     This recipe was inspired by “Yoga Blend” in Super Smoothies by Mary Corpening Barber and Sara Corpening Whiteford.

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