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July 4, 2013

Green goodness smoothie recipe with banana and raisins {vegetarian}

Green goodness smoothie, with spinach, banana and raisins.

To be honest, I thought I'd be the last person ever to utter these words: "I like green smoothies!" Yet, when my husband Ted whipped up this green goodness smoothie, with baby spinach leaves providing the green, and bananas and raisins serving up the goodness, I fell in love with the whole green smoothie thing right then and there. Cold and refreshing for breakfast on a hot summer morning, this smoothie might be equally good with tender baby kale, and apple juice instead of the white grape juice, and dates in place of raisins, but it was pretty perfect just the way Ted made it.  After I finished this little glass, I had another, and another after that. What a great way to start the day, with a serving of dark leafy greens dressed up in something icy cold and sweet.

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June 27, 2013

Berry blast smoothie recipe {vegetarian}

Berry blast smoothie.

My husband Ted's enthusiastic adventures in smoothie making continue, and this berry blast smoothie, made with two kinds of berries plus cherries, is one of my favorites. I love the undertone of grape juice, though you could swap in unsweetened apple juice, or plain water. For breakfast, add some granola or sliced almonds on top. Substitute vanilla frozen yogurt for the plain nonfat yogurt, and you have a first-class afternoon snack. If you have fresh strawberries, use those, and add a couple of ice cubes. What I'm trying to say is that smoothies are forgiving; alter the proportion of ingredients this way or that way, secure in the knowledge that you can't go wrong.

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June 11, 2013

Ted's apple smoothie recipe with yogurt, honey and cardamom {vegetarian, gluten-free}

Apple smoothie with yogurt and cardamom, for breakfast or afternoon snack.

My husband Ted has a thing for smoothies, and it turns out that he's a darned good smoothie maker. In general, Ted's an out-of-the-box thinker, and he's that kind of cook, too. He starts by reading some recipes to get a sense of proportions, then he puts together his own combinations, sometimes weird and often wonderful. There's nothing wacky in this apple smoothie. It's cool and refreshing for breakfast or an afternoon snack. Use your favorite apple, and leave the skin on for a bit of extra oomph. And don't be put off by the color, which I admit looks a bit like medicine; the taste is pure apple.

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April 4, 2013

Honey (Recipe: mango lassi) {vegetarian, gluten-free}

First published in February 2008, this updated pantry ingredient post features new photos and links. Often served for dessert, lassi, an Indian smoothie, makes a perfect breakfast or lunch, and best of all, you can use frozen fruit from the grocery store at any time of year.

Try a mango lassi (an Indian smoothie) for breakfast, or dessert.

Oooooooooooooooh!
Sugar pie, honey bunch
You know that I love you
I can't help myself
I love you and nobody else

When I saw this squirt jar of Canadian honey in our village grocery store, I knew I had to write a little valentine to my resident Canadian honey bunch.

Then I started to wonder, "Are there really honey bees in Canada? Isn't it too cold?"

Ha! Not only are there bees, but, according to the Canadian Honey Council, the government actually has invested in the long-term sustainability of the honey bee population. Which, of course, makes me wonder why the US government is investing in war, while Canada is investing in bees.

War and bees...

(I know. I can hear the groans.)

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