Vanilla Fruit Smoothie

Vanilla Fruit Smoothie

We just spent a whole Saturday working in our yard in beautiful Seattle sunshine. Yes, when Seattle has sunny days, they are the most beautiful. It was finally warm enough for me to want a healthy cold drink! Pictured here is my empty glass of Vanilla Fruit Smoothie and some blossoms from our crab apple tree.

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It is beginning to feel warmer during the day in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. Today we spent an entire sunny day outside, gardening in our yard. After hours of weeding and trimming, I decided to take a break, to make this smoothie for us to enjoy in the sunshine. You can substitute any fresh or frozen fruit you have at home.

I used:
1 cup plain or vanilla yogurt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (invest in organic & without any additives!)
1/2 cup freshly chopped strawberries
1/2 cup frozen mangoes
1/4 cup milk (or more if you like it thinner)
half a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
1 tablespoon dark maple syrup or honey (I only add this if the fruit are too tart!)

My method:
Add all ingredients to a blender — except the nutmeg and the maple syrup or honey — and pulse.
Taste it to make sure it is not bitter. If it is too tart, add the honey or maple syrup, then blend.
When it is just right, add some nutmeg, stir it with a spoon, and pour it in a tall glass to enjoy.