Smoothies are a great way to get a daily dose of vitamins, minerals and a little protein, too. I make a point of freezing peeled overripe bananas so that I always have some available when I want to make a smoothie. Frozen bananas help make smoothies thicker and frothier, plus it means you don't need to use blade-dulling ice cubes in your blender to produce a cold, refreshing drink.
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Peach Melba Smoothie
Enjoy a Peach Melba (peach and raspberry) smoothie year round by using frozen peaches and raspberries. Of course, when these fabulous fruits are in season, enjoy the fresh variety. Add a banana for an extra nutritional boost.
02 of 06I find this banana berry smoothie the perfect vehicle for delivering fruit to my berry-averse younger daughter. She doesn't even mind the blue flecks of blueberry. My favorite fat-free vanilla yogurt is one of the nonfat Greek yogurt brands such as Oikos or Brown Cow.
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Strawberry Mango Smoothie
Strawberries, mangoes, banana, yogurt, and low fat buttermilk make a tangy and refreshing (not to mention, pink) drink.
04 of 06Proving that you can drink smoothies year round, here's terrific fall-hued pumpkin smoothie that's thick and creamy. It's rather like drinking pumpkin pie.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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Peach and Blueberry Smoothie
Fresh, ripe peaches (or nectarines) and blueberries are perfect for this peach and blueberry smoothie, but if you can't get in-season fruit, quick-frozen varieties are a better bet than out-of-season imports.
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Tropical Fruit Smoothie
This family-favorite smoothie uses crushed pineapple, kiwifruit, orange, mango and bananas to make a tropical-style smoothie.