A Summer Smoothie

melon and berry delights

It goes without saying that in summer, we consume a lot of smoothies. Sometimes the smoothies are the only source of our fruit intake for the entire day, until after dinner, when I love to serve slices of melon, grapes, or even a plate of fresh berries and a pot of yoghurt.

Because I make them on an almost daily basis in summer, they vary in content. The smoothie made right after fruit and vegetable shopping for the week can be different to the one made at the end of the week. But what I always do is stash punnets of berries in the freezer. Just before bananas fully ripen, I peel them, cover snugly in cling film and freeze- they give a lovely Slush puppy coolth and thicken the smoothie too.

If you follow me on Twitter, you’d know that I adore watermelon. When the fruit is at it’s prime over Dececmber and January,and even February in this country, I literally can not get enough. They have to be sweet though. Few things are more disappointing than a melon that promises crisp summer sweetness but fails to deliver! 

I found myself in the enviable position recently of having too much perfectly sweet and heartbreakingly crisp (soggy melon is a big no-no) watermelon, so I cling-filmed the slices and froze them.

Enter this beauty:

Frozen Watermelon and Berry Smoothie

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Ingredients

Serves 2 large or 4 small glasses

250ml frozen watermelon, cut into cubes

250ml mixed berries: I used raspberries, blackberries and blueberries

6-8 mint leaves

300ml low fat yoghurt-plain, strawberry or cherry would work.

200ml apple or white grape juice, cold is preferable

100ml cold water, if the consistency is too thick

Method

Add all ingredients, except the water into a jug and blend with hand held stick blender or in a blender (or smoothie maker if you have one). Add water or more juice if you desire.

*Tips:

  •  a bit of chopped ginger adds a nice zing. More traditionally it’s combined with apple, pear, mint and beetroot juices, but I find it works in my smoothies, because I’m partial to it.
  • Mint will add a beautiful dimension to a berry smoothie, don’t leave it out if you can
  • No time for breakfast? Add 2 T of instant oats to the juice and blend together.Breakfast in a delicious slurp! 
 
 
 
 
 

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9 Comments

  1. Jeanne @ CookSister! on 02 February 2011

    Mmmm – yum! Looks perfect for the summer you guyvs have been having in Cape Town :)

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  2. Ishay on 02 February 2011

    A summer you know all to well Jeanne, and will get another taste of very soon! ;)

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  3. nina on 02 February 2011

    I am so hot and bothered now that this will go down an absolute treat!!!

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  4. Ishay on 02 February 2011

    Just came in from lunch in town, Nina- if it wasn’t to meet a dear friend, I would say it was a really bad move: tar is melting. Smoothie time! ;-)

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  5. Alisa on 03 February 2011

    When summer comes around,I’m making this smoothie.What a lovely color!I came across your site from the foodieblogroll and I’d love to guide Foodista readers to your site. I hope you could add this watermelon widget at the end of this post so we could add you in our list of food bloggers who blogged about recipes with watermelon,Thanks!

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  6. nina on 03 February 2011

    hey that looks yum. too cold here for smoothies tho :( cant wait for summahh.

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  8. Sarah on 04 July 2013

    Oh wow. That is gorgeous! Love me some smoothies! Beautiful, Way to kick things off! I had featured U in the post of Seven Cool Smoothies That Will Perk Up Your Spirits on AllFreshRecipes. Except ur refreshing Eats!

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  9. Ishay on 04 July 2013

    Thank you for the mentions Sarah! Appreciate it

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