Friday, July 8, 2011

Raspberry-Yogurt Smoothie – Friday Refresher

Let's say it's Friday night and you've just finished eating a take-out dinner because you weren't in the mood to cook after a long week of work. One take-out dinner during the week never hurts. It's when you bury your fork into an equally calorie-packed-sugar-laden dessert that the nutritional train wreck happens.

What’s required in this situation is a smoothie intervention. That’s when you push the dessert aside, get the blender out and start whipping up your favorite smoothie. If you don’t have a favorite you can give this Raspberry-Yogurt Smoothie a try.

There’s more than enough sweetness from the raspberries and honey to satisfy your sweet tooth and it’s packed with nutrition, which will at least make up for a portion of the not-so-healthy food you may have consumed for dinner.

I’ve personally experienced a smoothie intervention and can tell you that having a healthy smoothie on Friday will make you feel way less guilty when you indulge in the desserts on the weekend. It’s a beautiful thing!

What smoothie would you choose for a smoothie intervention?

Hip Cooking Tip: Instead of using grated lemon zest, try using grated orange peel.

Song Pairing: I was originally going to pair this smoothie with Raspberry Beret by Prince but I thought with an intervention the goal is to forget about something you don't want to do. It got me thinking of a lobotomy for some strange reason, which is why I'm pairing this smoothie with Green Day's cover of Teenage Lobotomy.

Raspberry-Yogurt Smoothie
Raspberries, vanilla yogurt, honey and a touch of ground cinnamon in a thick creamy smoothie

Instruments
1 cup frozen unsweetened raspberries
1/2 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
3/4 cup low-fat milk
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp grated lemon zest (optional)
Large pinch of ground cinnamon

Lyrics
Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until thick and smooth. Serve

Volume: Makes 1 large serving or 2 smaller servings

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Brent Garell (@kitchenroadie)
Have a smoothie query? Contact me at brent@cookapalooza.com

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