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    Summer of Smoothies: So Long, Sweet Summer

    September 1, 2011

    The Summer of Smoothies ends with an elegant and delicious treat. The So Long, Sweet Summer smoothie blends the simplicity of fresh summer melon with the sophistication of elderflower and blackcurrant essences. I found these from Bug Hill Farm in Ashfield, Massachusetts, where Kate Kerivan and her team produce organic fruit and flower elixirs sweetened with local honey.

    Cantaloupe has a great reputation as a beauty superfood; it’s loaded with vitamins A and C. Elderflower is said to be anti-inflammatory and anti-viral. Black currants are high in vitamin C, and contain twice the antioxidants of very good site blueberries. They were also banned in the United States in the early 1900’s for carrying “white pine blister rust”, a disease then threatening the booming logging industry. Recently the ban has been lifted in several states, and disease-resistant varieties of black currant vines are bringing this superfruit back to market.

    These smoothies have made my summer sweeter and healthier; I hope they’ve made yours so too! The series came out of a conversation I had with a chef about beauty and order levitra online food, and I would like to add more food when I can. It’s a bigger undertaking than smoothies, though. One thing’s for sure: there’s a lot more beauty-supporting deliciousness to be explored. And when I get that opportunity, I’ll be going for it.

     

    So Long, Sweet Summer Smoothie:
    3 cups cantaloupe chunks
    4 Tbsp Elderflower Power (or elderflower syrup)
    2 Tbsp Black Currant Cordial
    4 Ice cubes

     

    * Place all ingredients in a blender.
    * Blend on high until smooth, pulsing when necessary to liquify.
    * Pour into 2 glasses and enjoy.
    * Makes 2 12-oz servings.
    * 211.5 calories, 1.3 g fat, 4.2 g protein per serving. Full nutritional information here.

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    Summer of Smoothies: Watermelon Chiller

    August can be a hard month: while cramming in as much vacation and beach time as we can muster, we’re also getting ready for all the things we’re planning for fall. But with that…

    August 28, 2011
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    Summer of Smoothies: Stoned and Enthroned

    We’re not advocating any illegal substances here – this indulgence is purely legal. But while indulging in all the fresh summer fruits, we get a little overwhelmed by the variety. So this week’s smoothie…

    August 11, 2011
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    Summer of Smoothies: Wild Blueberry Sweet-Tart

    Blueberries are so awesome: packed with antioxidants and delicious served so many ways, pretty much everyone loves them. Wild blueberries are even more so: smaller, denser, and more flavorful than their cultivated cousins, they…

    July 28, 2011
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    Summer of Smoothies: Full-Color Papaya

    There is a certain hot dog chain in New York City, known for its cheap two-dog specials and something called a “papaya drink.” Most New Yorkers have eaten there, or at one of its…

    July 21, 2011
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    Summer of Smoothies: Mint Magic

    This week’s smoothie is www.med-psych.net a light, refreshing, treat, sure to beat the midsummer heat. Its base of honeydew melon provides hydration, vitamin C and potassium, and the mint refreshes with its vitamins A and…

    July 14, 2011
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    Summer of Smoothies: Mango Custard

    Every now and then something we make turns out so quickly, so perfectly, and so sublimely it makes us gasp. The Mango Custard smoothie is one of those things. Of course, it starts with…

    July 7, 2011