“Put the lime in the watermelon, shake it all up…”
Sip on this refreshing, easy-peasy smoothie while soaking up the rays. The lime juice balances out the sweetness of the melon. Serve it over ice or crush the ice to make a smoothie.
Here’s what you need:
- 1 pound cubed seedless watermelon
- 1/8 cup lime juice
- 3 tablespoons sugar, I used Splenda
- Lime slices f and mint sprigs for garnish
Place 10-12 ice cubes in blender, add lime juice, sugar and watermelon pieces. If you want to serve over ice, omit the ice cubes and add 1/2 cup water or kefer instead. Blend until smooth. Pour into glass and garnish as desired.
Make two (1 cup) servings. Calories per serving are in the neighborhood of 66 calories per serving.
Nothing like starting the day off with a vitamin and iron packed smoothie. Mango’s are known for their anti-oxidant properties and 1 cup of mango contains the following percentages that apply to daily value.*
- 76 percent vitamin C (antioxidant and immune booster)
- 25 percent vitamin A (antioxidant and vision)
- 11 percent vitamin B6 plus other B vitamins (hormone production in brain and heart disease prevention)
- 9 percent healthy probiotic fibre
- 9 percent copper (copper is a co-factor for many vital enzymes plus production of red blood cells)
- 7 percent potassium (to balance out our high sodium intake)
- 4 percent magnesium
A kiwi is packed with more vitamin C than an equivalent amount of orange and a good source of dietary fiber. This recipe is easy and makes three 1-cup servings.
Here’s what you need:
2 kiwi, peeled and coarsely chopped
1 mango, peeled and coarsely chopped
1 1/2 cup cold water
8-10 ice cubes
Put everything into a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Pour off a serving and savor the flavor!
Yesterday, I sent the wine guy on a shopping mission to purchase ingredients for Sangria. We have a number of Pinot Grigio magnums to use up and neither of us are big white wine drinkers. The alternative…. SANGRIA!!
Here is Blimpy Girl’s recipe:
- 2 bottles Pinot Grigio wine (I happened to have a magnum on hand)
- 2 liter bottle Sprite Zero lemon-lime soda
- 1/2 cup rum (white or dark, it really doesn’t matter)
- 1 lemon thinly sliced, remove any seeds
- 2 lime thinly sliced, remove any seeds
You can use all types of fruit. I happen to select the following. My best suggestion on your choice of added fruit is to make it colorful. That’s part of the appeal of Sangria.
- Fresh strawberries, cut larger ones in half, otherwise leave whole (cut off green stems). You will want at least a pint of strawberries.
- Raspberries (small container)
- Medium apple cut into thin wedges (seed and core removed)
- 1 mango sliced or cubed. You may want to cut in half before slicing.
- 1 nectarine or peach sliced or cubed. You may want to cut in half before slicing.
- 1 Kiwi, peeled and sliced thinly.
Fill a large punch bowl or glass pitcher with ice (about 1/3 full). Add the liquid ingredients and lemon-lime slices. Add the sliced/cubed fruit. You will need to “eyeball” how much fruit to add. You don’t want to add so much fruit that it becomes impossible to ladle the sangria mixture into serving glasses.
There are many other options in making Sangria. You can use orange slices, chunks of pineapple, fresh blackberries or add sprigs of basil or mint. Experiment to find you own special mix and enjoy! The only MUST, serve in a clear glass to display the colorful mix (cocktail straws are a nice touch).
Substitute Pinot Grigio wine for another bottle of lemon-lime soda.
Substitue rum with one cup sweetened tea
The wine-guy sent me this photo of the newest addition to the company’s wine portfolio. Wine box purses. I love that my honey-man is toting the pink purse.
Several varietals are available. The pink purse is Rose, cream color is Pinot Grigio and red color is Pinot Noir/Merlot.
I can’t wait to take a couple of wine purses to my next Bunco event. The girls are going to love them.
These wine boxes were first showcased on The View, April 28. The winery went public May 1, 2012. The wine-guy informed me they are flying off the shelves. At a cost $13 each, why wouldn’t they?
Blimpy Girl gives the wine purse / handbag a big thumbs up! Bachelorette parties, wedding showers, Bunco nights or just a girls night out, these purse wine boxes are portable and fun.
This weekend we are experiencing cloudless, sunny skies with temps in the upper 80’s to mid 90’s. As the wine guy and I prepared to cruise the lake on our pontoon boat, I had to decide what would be my drink of choice (besides an abundance of water!).
I had plenty of fruit hanging around that needed my attention. The lone pathetic banana in my fruit bowl was starting to draw fruit flies. The “ah-ha” moment came when I spotted a bottle of Pinot Grigio chilling in the fridge. I pulled out my blender and starting prepping for my new summer drink. A Pinot Grigio Smoothie.
If you rarely consume alcoholic beverages, this is an ideal drink for you. The fruit mixed with wine doesn’t lend itself to intoxication. Instead, you will find this wine cocktail both refreshing and tasty. Here’s the recipe for my Pinot Grigio Summer Smoothie:
- 1 bananna (overripe is best)
- 3/4 cup fresh raspberries
- 2 1/2 cups fresh strawberries (sliced)
- 1/2 medium apple, cored (leave skin on apple)
- 3/4 cup blackberries (I used frozen)
- 2 cups Pinot Grigio wine
- 1 container of 99% fat-free Yoplait yogurt (single serving size)
Throw everything into the blender. Mix until smooth.
TIP: Go for the least expensive Pinot Grigio you can find when making a smoothie. You aren’t pairing the wine with a food dish, you’re simply adding the wine for it’s melon to pear and subtle tropical or citrus fruit components.
OK, let’s talk calories. This recipe fills around six 8-ounce glasses at 158 calories per serving. If I pair this with a green salad (low-cal dressing), I have an entire lunch in the neighborhood of 200 calories.
St. Patrick’s Day is nearing and special things are in the works for the grand kids. Each year the kids head to Detroit for the St. Patrick’s Day parade. Their “other” grandpa is a retired Detroit fire chief and the firemen walk in the annual parade. I think there’s this unwritten rule you must be “Irish” to be a fireman; and if not, you’re a sanctioned Irishman on March 17.
Leprechaun Smoothies are on the breakfast menu. I found this recipe at The Quail’s Nest Blog site and revised it to include spinach, apple juice (instead of orange juice) and limeade in place of honey. My recipe is shown below.
Next on the St Paddy’s Day countdown are goodie bags for the grand kid’s classmates. I need 75 (yep, I’m a crazy woman, but that was established about 20 years ago!). Goodies bags include a sticker sheet, shamrock beaded necklace, pencil and wrist band. These are being inserted into green tin pails. Grand kids will wear Shamrock suspenders while dispensing the goodies bags to their classmates.
Blimpy Girl is preparing a Green Leprechaun drink (Lemonade with green food coloring) and Shamrock cookies for the school party snack.
1 banana, sliced and then frozen
1 cup frozen green grapes (seedless)
5 peeled kiwi, sliced and then frozen
1 cup apple or orange juice
1 cup washed baby spinach (don’t pack it down)
8 ounces lime yogurt (fat-free, if you can find it)
1/4 cup limeade
Whipped cream (in a can, fat-free is my choice)
Green food coloring
Mix everything in a blender and pulse until smooth. Pour off into serving containers. Freeze the kiwi and banana before adding to the blender.