Summertime Sweet!

My family picked fruits & vegetables from a local garden for the first time! Every Sunday, residents can pay $6 for a huge bag of locally grown produce. This is a part of a new initiative in Baltimore to help inner city residents receive nutritional food for a low price. The initiative will undoubtedly help with the increasing number of food deserts around the country. It will also nourish & give life back to our precious Mother Earth. After further examination, some of the fruits were too ripe and almost thrown away. Then my mother had the awesome idea to make fruit smoothies! So if you ever have fruit that’s way too ripe, but don’t want to waste it, give this Food Network recipe a try!

Ingredients
1 frozen banana, peeled and sliced
2 cups of mango/ peaches
1 cup milk
1/2 cup plain or vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
2 to 3 tablespoons honey or to taste

Directions
Make sure to peel/slice/ cut all unwanted/ brown areas from the fruit. Put all the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.

Cooks note: For non-dairy smoothies, substitute 1 cup rice milk for the milk and yogurt. Or, use soy yogurt or milk instead of dairy.

Fruit Smoothie Link

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