Thursday, September 17, 2009
Sometime in August, when I had begun to think that my desperate daily mantra, "August won't last forever" was wrong, I started a new tradition of afternoon cool.
Now in mid-afternoon when the hungries sneak up, I head for the refrigerator. Pop a few things in the blender and we sip cool bliss.
The funny thing is, it's good for us too.
2 generous servings
3/4 cup lowfat milk (we use 1%)
1/2 cup fatfree/lowfat yogurt (plain, vanilla or flavored, your choice)
1 banana, in chunks
1 or 2 peaches/nectarines (including skin)** or mangoes (peeled), cut in chunks
--amount equal to 2 cups of chunks
pinch kosher salt
7 ice cubes
**Note: Peaches and nectarines are on the 'dirty dozen' list for pesticide retention--even through the skins--so we buy organic, on the theory that we don't need to eat poison.
I put it all in the blender on the 'ice crusher' speed and let it run until the clinking sound from ice shards fades, then a quick whir on 'puree' to incorporate air, maybe 5 seconds. Or hum a snatch of a song, which is refreshing in its own way. Pour into tall glasses and savor.
The day I was out of fresh fruit I used frozen mango & omitted the ice cubes. Thicker and delicious. When peach season is over, I'll probably venture into frozen berries.
For all the thick frothy feeling of indulgence, this treat also scores calcium, probiotics, vitamins and minerals. Hard to beat that.