16 July 2009

Summer Delight Smoothie






































I haven't enjoyed a smoothie for a while and as my energy levels have been so low, it seemed like the perfect time to start making them again.

This is my favourite time of year for fruit. I am a berry girl and I am guzzling punnet after punnet of fresh strawberries, raspberries and blackberries. For this smoothie I decided to use some plump raspberries and a really sweet, juicy nectarine.




































Summer Delight Smoothie

1 generous cup plump raspberries
1 juicy, sweet nectarine
1 ripe pear
¾ cup milk
½ cup greek yoghurt
2 tsp Manuka honey


Rinse the fruit before removing the stone from the nectarine and coring the pear. I didn't bother to remove the skin from the pear or the nectarine. You really don't notice it in the smoothie. Cut the nectarine and pear into chunks and place them and all the other ingredients in a blender. Whizz until smooth. Enjoy!

Serves 2

You may notice the glass I have poured the smoothie into. I have always spelled my name Jacqué. The French abbreviate it this way and I always hated the (Jackie) spelling. So when my friend Trudi saw these glasses, she just had to get them for me. I think it is actually a brand name for a flavoured cider.

There was another gift among the ingredients for this smoothie. My best buddy Lisa from Lisa's Kitchen, sent me a jar of Manuka Honey to try and I have to say it is fabulous. It is much thicker than normal honey. It is almost like a caramel and very luxurious. It is supposed to have active properties that are anti-bacterial, but that is just an extra bonus. It is hard not to just eat it straight out of the jar. Of course once you spoon the honey onto something, the spoon must be licked!

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29 comments:

  1. Sounds like me .. a berry girl:-) I am enjoying the luscious summer berries too, so I do not have any regrets once they are gone:-)

    I have heard about Manuka honey .. never tasted it. sounds "spoon licking" good;-)

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  2. My favorite summer fruit is peaches, but I love berries, too. I just ate most of a quart of strawberries all by myself! I've been drinking smoothies almost every day, and I love to combine fresh and frozen fruit for a cooling treat. Your combo sounds delicious.

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  3. Nice glass.

    I've never had manuka honey either.

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  4. I love smoothies too. Acai berry and blueberry smoothies are my favorites. Mmmmmm. Love them!

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  5. Manuka honey huh. Acai Berry and blueberry smoothies are my favorite summer smoothies too, I agree with Anonymous.

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  6. Mmm, that looks really yummy. It's ages since I made myself a smoothie - you've made me really want one. The nectarine and raspberry combo sounds great!

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  7. I havent had a nectarine in aaaaages :(

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  8. Perfect, perfect, perfect smoothie (no banana!). That honey sounds like a nice one to keep an eye out for.

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  9. That looks like the perfect smoothie - I love nectarines and raspberries.

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  10. manuka honey is gorgeous but soooo expensive so I only eat it off the spoon!

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  11. That is the way I am viewing it to Soma. Eat lots of berries before they are gone :)

    I love peaches too Andrea, although it is sometimes difficult to get really good peaches here, they are often picked way too early and are a bit dry and tastless. However, if you get a good batch then wow!

    Hi Mangocheeks, the manuka honey is really worth trying. It is expensive compared to other honey, but it is really something special.

    Acai berry and blueberry, that sounds like a marvelllous smoothie. It must be a gorgeous colour too!

    I can tell I am going to have to try that smoothie now Food Critic :)

    Hi C, it is the perfect time to get back into the swing of them :)

    Hi Flower, I have been eating loads of nectarines, not have a peach in a while though.

    Hi Duo, I am getting a distinct "I don't like bananas" vibe. I was tempted to put one in, but it was rich enough with the yoghurt.

    Me too Pam, me too!

    You are right Nic, I was lucky too have such a nice friend as Lisa to buy it for me, although it is going tobe hard to resist buying more. Maybe I will buy it when Graham isn't around :)

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  12. Nectarines and berries sound like the right summer fruit for smoothies - I have started keeping raspberries in the freezer just for smoothies in winter - and I would love the lick the honey spoon from that jar - sounds wonderful

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  13. My boys go absolutely nuts for smoothies, but sadly, I never make them myself. Instead I plunk down $4 for mediocre ones. Time to start with this recipe!

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  14. drink looks fabulous and definitely a delight anyday!!!!

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  15. This is a smoothie household. Perfect time of year to do some experimenting:D

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  16. I agree with you Johanna, frozen fruit is great to have in the freezer. If you add it to a smoothie, it makes it lovely and cold and like you, I use it in the winter for smoothies and for making jam.

    If you have a blender, then they are so easy Dana, I rarely use my juicer for them.

    Thanks Veda :)

    Very true Val and I bet the fruit over there is fabulous.

    Good to hear Maybelle's Mom :)

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  17. I love berries as well and I love trying them out in new ways. Thanks for the post!

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  18. Hi Tender Branson, it is a good time of year to experiment :)

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  19. Thanks for visiting...come across any new punk or hardcore let me know because I love that stuff too!

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  20. This smoothie looks so good. I love nectarines and nice ripe raspberries! I've never tried that honey before - now I want to find it!

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  21. This sounds so tasty and refreshing. Especially right now... while I'm sitting in my warm bedroom with the window closed. Why is the window closed???

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  22. Hey Tender, will do, I am on the lookout myself.

    Ashley, it is gorgeous!

    Go open that window Stephanie!

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  23. Sounds like a fine use of that honey! I'm delighted you enjoy it as much as I do. I will always have some on hand.

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  24. Yum - hope it did the trick and you're raring to go!

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  25. just received this email offer so we can have our honey and eat it (without grumbles from husbands about the cost :o)
    http://www.hollandandbarrett.com/pages/product.asp?sid=101&cm_mmc=Cheetah-_-P12jul_honey_v2-_-banner-_-honey&afid=81&safid=14729&scid=14729

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  26. Thank you so much for sending it to me Lisa, it is truly scrummy!

    It did the job for a little while anyway CC :)

    Thanks Coffee :)

    Oh thanks Nic, that's great! Will have to stock up! Head over to Holland and Barrett everyone!

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  27. Try some manuka honey in these smoothies, its got great therapeutic properties and you will love the sweet taste it adds.

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