By: Enriqueta L.
At this time of year it's not uncommon to get a craving for natural smoothies prepared at home with the fresh fruits that are in season. They're very typical of our Latina culture, but also very nutritious and they transport me back to my childhood days. That's why it gives me a lot of pleasure to make them with my kids. Your family will be sure to love them as well.
1. Pineapple Coconut Smoothie
Makes 6 servings
4 cups natural pineapple, cut in chunks
1 cup cream of coconut
1 cup coconut water (you can substitute with water)
4 cups ice
Put the pineapple, the cream of coconut, and the coconut water in a blender with a cup of ice and blend. Add the rest of the ice little by little, and blend until it forms a thick smoothie. Serve immediately.
2. Tizana (Tropical Fruit Punch)
Makes 10 servings
1 gallon orange juice
1 cup grenadine
1 cup puréed papaya (blended papaya)
1/2 cup puréed banana
2 cups papaya cut into 1/2-inch cubes
In a large jar, mix the orange juice, grenadine, and puréed fruits. Mix well. Add the cubes of papaya. Put in the refrigerator until cold. Serve with crushed ice.
3. Avocado, Papaya, Mango Smoothie
Makes 2 to 3 servings
1 large, ripe avocado, seed and rind removed, and cut in fourths
1/3 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup ripe mango, cut in large pieces
1/2 cup ripe papaya, cut in large pieces
1/2 cup low-fat yogurt, (vanilla-flavored or plain)
1 cup ice
Pinch of salt
Put all ingredients into the blender and blend until well combined and creamy. Serve in large glasses.
4. Oatmeal Fruit Smoothie
Makes 4 servings
2 cups orange juice
1 banana, peeled and cut in pieces
1 cup strawberries, washed and cut in half
4 spoonsful of raw oatmeal
2 tablespoons honey
2 cups ice
Put all ingredients into the blender and blend until well combined and creamy. Serve immediately.
What kind of smoothies and shakes are favorites at your house?