Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Summer Fruit






Some of you may be waving "bye bye" to July and the record-setting heat waves that have scortched so many parts of the U.S., especially the East Coast. I've got 2 daughters in the Washington, DC area and 1 in New York City, and they have been roasting even with air conditioning this last month. And yet, they had no bragging rights when it came to their other sister, Serena, who lives in between Houston and Galveston, TX. NASA's Johnson Space Center is located right between----and temperatures have been blazing in Texas for longer than July with no relief in sight.





On that note. . .and after reading Lucy's post on Mango Lassi (which I discovered years ago thanks to my love of Indian cuisine, and the pleasure of having several Indian friends who told me about the yummy drink), I thought I'd share some of the homemade smoothies I've concocted. Very easy. I haven't done the Mango Lassi, frankly because if a ripe mango appears in my house, it doesn't last long enough to get near the blender. :) I consume it with utter delight. A ripe, sweet mango is divine.


But I have been making lots of lower calorie smoothies which also are low on the sugar side as well. They're a great way to cool off on a summer evening. I always start with Coconut milk, which I started drinking last year as an alternate to soy milk. I'd switched away from cow's milk a couple of years before. No allergies, mind you. I simply decided to reduce those calories. I discovered I LOVED the rich flavor of unsweetened coconut milk far more than moo juice and way more than soy milk. Plus, there's zero cholesterol, etc and even less calories! Read the label and check it out for yourself.



Anyway, I start with the coconut milk and sometimes add blueberries or fresh peaches or nectarines that are ripening on my windowsill. I always put my fruit on my windowsill in the sunshine, which helps that ripening process. Same for tomatoes. But, back to the smoothie: then I throw in whatever else strikes my fancy. Sometimes it's unsweetened Vienna coffee mix or unsweetened dark cocoa (this works best with bananas). Sometimes, I'll skip the fruit and throw in some cold full-strenth coffee with the unsweetened cocoa for a mocha treat.




Meanwhile, I've been gorging on fresh fruit all summer, starting with those dark sweet cherries that appear in May. We're still getting them, but not for much longer. I stocked up on several bags which are in my fridge. Fresh raspberries are just perfect now and Blackberries, too. I just LOVE fresh berries. Some days, that's mostly what I eat. These divine fruits won't be with us after a few months, and boy. . .will I miss them!



What about you? What's your favorite summer fruit/veggie?




























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17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow, I never thought about using coconut milk in smoothies! I always just use yogurt. I'm going to try it with my next berry-banana smoothie. Thanks for the tip, Maggie.

Pj Schott said...

Not a big fan of summer, but the fruit makes it worth it. Too lazy to peel and cut, so I pig out on white cherries every chance I get.

Marcia said...

Love fruit all year, this season sweet cherries, almost like eating candy. Peaches, plums, apricots, raspberries, black and blue berries in my fridge as I write this. Great all of them for breakfast. Keep this good stuff coming . . .

Linda McDonald said...

I love strawberries. I'll have to try the coconut milk. Thanks for the tip!

Kat said...

Sweet Sue peaches from right here in the cool Pacific Northwest. Today I am making a peach/marionberry crisp with them.

Dru said...

Cherries and sweet watermelon are my favorite summer fruits.

Aurian said...

I'm not a fruit fan, though I very sometimes can enjoy a kiwi.

Barbara said...

We're both addicted to cherries and they've been delicious this year. We also love blueberries but we didn't get them covered in time because of the heat wave so the birds are feasting. Apparently I've outgrown my watermelon addiction.

Too Many Cats said...

MMmm! I have a weakness for most fruits and veggies. Mango smoothies, all fruit pies, salads...okay I do have favorites: oranges and cherry tomatoes. Sandy (quiltincats.blogspot.com)

ev said...

Mmmm....fruit.

gotta try the coconut mile in a smoothie.

Vickie said...

I have got to add coconut milk to the fridge list. I love almond milk already and it supplements my skim milk addiction.

My smoothies are made with frozen fruit that we buy in quantity while on sale each summer. Blackberries, blueberries, mangoes, raspberries, peaches, nectarines. Mix in some Greek yogurt and almond milk, ground flax and I've got a yummy snack or meal.

My absolute favorite fruits each summer are cherries, grapes and watermelon. OH BOY!

Maggie Sefton said...

PJ, Marcia, & Dru---Don't you wish we could have all this great fruit all year? I do. Maybe that's why I'm devouring so much of it now.

Lucy, Linda, & ev---Give that coconut milk a try. You can do either unsweetened or sweetened. I like the unsweetened, just to reduce sugar. But both have that same rich taste, yet lower in calories than moo & soy.

Maggie Sefton said...

Kat & Barbara---Peaches, watermelon, you can't go wrong.

Aurian---Sorry you don't like fruit. How about veggies? You can do a veggie smoothie. Or, simply do a chocolate one w/coconut milk & cocoa (or sweetened chocolate if you like).

Maggie Sefton said...

Too many cats---It's hard to beat a ripe mango. As I said, it doesn't get to a blender. I eat it first. :)

Vickie---I've also added the Greek yogurt to cooked butternut squash when I make a yummy fall soup. I also add curry powder because I LOVE those Indian spices & it goes so well with squash. But I also love flax seeds, so I I'll throw some of those in, too. They're good in lots of hot cooked dishes.

Terry P. said...

Never have made a smoothie, but if it has strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries I'd probably love it. Won't touch coconut or the milk so it would have to be yogurt or 100% cows milk. You know, I don't think there is a fruit I don't like or won't eat except coconut. And I know there is'nt a veggie I won't eat.

signlady217 said...

Fresh figs. Our neighbor has a tree and they share! Yum!

Sarita said...

I love strawberries. And peaches. Watermelon, too. And...

I guess I just like all of it. :)