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Category: Drinks

So Smooth(ie)

by mukwritesbooks

In the past year or so, smoothies have become one of my favorite go-to snacks. They take just minutes to make, they are refreshing, and it’s so easy to try new variations based on my mood or what I have on hand. And especially when bananas are involved, you know that the smoothie will be filling and nutritious.

So here you go, one of my favorite smoothie recipes:

Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Smoothie (3 guesses what the main ingredients are…)

Ingredients (makes one 1-cup serving):

1 banana, broken into small chunks

3/4 cup soy milk (my personal favorite is Silk Vanilla, although any type of soy milk will work)

1 teaspoon cocoa

1 tablespoon peanut butter

1 teaspoon flaxseed

Combine banana and milk, and then cocoa, peanut butter, and flaxseed. I have found that the last three ingredients blend better with the milk when they are added afterwards. If possible, let the mixture sit for about 5 minutes to let the banana start to soften (unless the banana is already quite ripe and soft). Blend, and enjoy!

You can try regular milk, but I have found that soy milk creates a nicer texture

Keep in mind that the peanut butter will considerably thicken the smoothie, so you may want to keep a bit more milk on hand to thin out the smoothie Рand avoid a milkshake consistency.  Feel free to throw in a handful of blueberries, raspberries, or even chopped strawberries.

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Inspired by a Lemon Drop

by thefamilyfoodblog

Earlier this week, we had a girls’ night out at the Melting Pot and while waiting for the first of four courses, a bunch of us ordered their basil lemon drops: cucumber vodka lemon drops garnished with either a basil leaf or slice of lemon. (Apparently, it was a new addition to their menu and the choice of garnish depended on which bartender you got.) Anyway, I’d previously been experimenting with using cucumber slices and lemon wedges to liven up a glass of water, and the lemon drops got me thinking – what if there was a way to combine the two? Since vodka tends to absorb the flavor of its mixer, maybe something like a lemon drop could be made using water or club soda instead. Given the record-breakingly hot summer days we’ve been having, it sounded pretty refreshing.

So I tried it out.

You can see the bubbles!

Ingredients (per drink)

  • 8 oz unflavored sparkling water
  • 2 leaves of fresh basil
  • 2 thin slices of lemon
  • 2 thin slices of cucumber, peeled
  • few drops lemon juice (optional)
  • ice (optional)

Instructions

Rub and slice the basil into thin strips to allow its flavor to release, and add to a glass along with lemon and cucumber slices. Top with sparkling water. Add a few drops of lemon juice and ice if desired.

* Pro tip: Mix the drinks about 30 minutes ahead of time to give the flavors more time to blend.