Fresh Taste of Summer: Cantaloupe-Coconut Smoothie

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My last television segment on NBC 13 “Daytime Alabama” was such a hit, and the food topic was smoothies. Smoothies are wonderful to prepare for dessert, afternoon snack or breakfast for kids and adults. This is the best time of year to make them when fruits are so vibrant. Cantaloupe-Coconut Smoothie combines some of my favorites: cantaloupe, coconut and pineapple. My kids are huge smoothie fans, and every time I turn around the blender is out on the counter. I can’t wash it fast enough. Enjoy this recipe just in time for ripe cantaloupes. To choose a ripe cantaloupe, it should smell sweet, have an even coloring and be heavy for its size. If you tap on it, it will sound hollow if it’s ripe.

Cantaloupe-Coconut Smoothie

Prep Times:

10 minutes

Yield:

4 to 6 servings

Ingredients:

1/2 cup 2% or skim milk
1 cup nonfat frozen vanilla yogurt
2 tbsp. cream of coconut (this is the canned product)
3 cups chopped fresh cantaloupe
1/2 cup chopped pineapple
11/2 cups crushed ice cubes
Chopped cantaloupe (optional)

Preparation:

1. Pour milk into blender. Add yogurt, coconut, cantaloupe, pineapple and ice. Blend until the ice is chopped, about 30 seconds. Garnish with cantaloupe, if desired.

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