Friday, February 13, 2009

Sweetheart Smoothie

Sweetheart Smoothie
Recipe from The Joy of Food by Kitchen Kimberley

1 medium banana, cut into chunks
1 naval orange (see tips), peeled and sectioned
5 whole fresh strawberries, hulled
1 (8 oz.) container Hiland strawberry yogurt
1/2 c. Hiland orange juice
1/2 c. ice cubes
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Place all ingredients in blender container.  Pulse, then blend until smooth.  Garnish with a whole fresh strawberry and share with your sweetheart!

If you can find them, blood oranges would add extra tang and a nice, rich color to this smoothie.  Blood oranges are typically available around Valentine's Day.
For a variation, use light grape or cranberry juice in place of the orange juice.