Thursday, July 2, 2015

Kicked-Up Smoothies

Who doesn’t love a refreshing fruit smoothie? That frosty combination of fresh fruits and yogurt (along with 1 or 2 coconut water ice cubesor 3 or 4) is a great summer drink. But, correct me if I’m wrong, they can get to be a bit boring. Am I right? Well, boring smoothies are a thing of the past, thanks to this mouth-tingling recipe from The Great Pepper Cookbook by Melissa’s Produce.

You will be stunned, STUNNED I tell you, at how zippy a smoothie can be when you add a Serrano chile pepper. You can crank the heat up a bit by leaving in some of the seeds, but as is, this recipe is perfect.

If you often have trouble opening your eyes in the morning, this breakfast is for you (in which case you can swap out the frozen yogurt for Greek yogurt). Yummy!

Kicked-Up Smoothies
From The Great Pepper Cookbook

2 cups low-fat vanilla frozen yogurt
1 cup fresh strawberries, hulled
1 cup fresh pineapple chunks
1 banana
1 fresh Serrano chile pepper, stem & seeds removed, 
finely diced

Place all ingredients in a blender (I use a Ninja); process until smooth. Serve immediately.

Serves 4
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