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Basic Smoothies

Mixed Fruit Smoothie

Mixed Fruit Smoothie

 Smoothies are a good and quick way to get the daily balance of fruits and/or vegetables in one glass full.  It is more a time saver than juicing and uses less fruits or vegetables to get a more than a glass.  The blender does it all, it is good if your blender will crush ice. The ingredients are simple:   juice, fruits and/or vegetables, combined or all one flavor, add ice.  Blend to mix, add honey if sweetness is preferred or make  a dessert smoothie with the use yogurt or milk instead of juice.

Benefits of Smoothies

When using the whole raw fruit or vegetable,  it gives the vitamins, minerals, sugars, starches and almost all of the plant’s nutrients.  The fiber from the fruits provide the benefits to the health of the colon and bowel.  Remember to wash the raw fruits and vegetables.

Making a Smoothie

Making a mixed Fruit Smoothie

Does your winter diet need altered?

Our morning smoothie gives us a good way to start the day.  It is a bit of sunshine for these dark and cold mornings.  Have you noticed you like your comfort foods this time of the year?  Think of the times you pamper yourself with a chocolate bar, desserts,  dish of potatoes, gravy, noodles, macaroni and cheese, and pasta.  

Mixed Fruit Smoothie

Basic Mixed Fruit Smoothie

Julia Ann
A quick healthy way to get the nutrients from fruits and vegetables in a refreshing beverage in one glass by drinking a Smoothie
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Beverage
Cuisine American
Servings 4 glasses


  • 1 cup mango and passion fruit juice consider "Lite" juice
  • 1 banana sliced
  • 1 small orange peeled and sliced
  • 1 medium apple cored and cut in small chunks
  • 2 tablespoon of blueberries
  • 2-3 cups of ice cubes


  • Using a blender which crushes ice or crush up the ice cubes.
  • Pour juice into the blender.
  • Add the banana, orange, apple pieces.
  • Puree until blended.
  • Add the blueberries
  • Blend briefly
  • Add ice cubes, few at a time and blend until the ice is crushed.


Add a carrot, celery, or ginger to the fruit blend. Use your imagination of combinations of fruits or vegetables. Use less ice if a thinner smoothie is preferred, more ice makes it frozen slush. Yogurt, sherbet, milk, ice cream added would make dessert smoothies, though a lost in the amount of nutrients from the fruit.
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Freshly made Mixed Fruit Smoothies

Enjoy freshly made Mixed Fruit Smoothies

How about these with the smoothies?

Favorite Blog Sites:

Simply Recipes – Smoothies

There’s a Cook in my Kitchen – Smoothies

My Ginger Garlic Kitchen – Smoothies


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Simply Salads by cookbookinabox

cookbookinabox trip to the Farmer's Market

cookbookinabox trip to the Farmer’s Market

Simply Salads of fresh vegetables and fruit combined can be the center of lunch or part of an elaborate dinner.  Fresh vegetables and fruit can show up in the whole meal or menu.  Check out the menu below.

A trip to the local farmer’s market makes a bountiful supply of fresh vegetables and fruit for gourmet and ordinary cooking.  Road side stands, city markets, farmer’s markets, co-operative groceries and big name grocery stores are teeming with produce. Check out your community to find the foods for healthy eating.

Which recipe would you like to make?  Look for the heading “Recent Recipes” in the right column for these dishes listed below. Or use the category search.

       Select a recipe from each of the following list of foods to plan a menu for dinner.

Appetizer:  Celery and carrot sticks, pineapple chunks and strawberries

    Bread:  Sweet Potato & Cranberry Nut Bread or Sweet Wheat Bread

       Soup:  Summer Vegetable Soup or Corn and Mushroom Chowder

           Salad:  Cabbage Apple Slaw  or Vegetable Fusilli Salad

               Entree:  Asparagus Tart or Collard Greens, Corn and Tortilla Strata

                   Vegetable:  Braised Carrots & Fennel,   Savory Baked Corn

                        Dessert:  Chocolate Cake or Apple Cobbler

                            Snack:  Molasses Cookies or Grand Canyon Hermit Cookies

How about quick and easy salads?

                                 Simply Salads by cookbookinabox®

Tomato avacado simple salad_0953Tomato, avocado and large pitted black olives are sprinkled with lime juice. To add more color serve it on a bed of romaine lettuce or spinach.  Need more veggies, try chopping scallions on top. Serve with your favorite salad dressing. Asparagus Tart and this simple salad would make a good luncheon or brunch meal.

Pear orange simple salad _3797Red Bartlett pear and a naval orange are diced with chopped red onion, feta cheese and chopped walnuts on top.  Anjou or Bosc pears, pecans or even add dried cranberries or cherries for another quick simple salad.  Use a sweet vinaigrette dressing. The Microwaved Steamed Salmon with Bok Choy is an easy entree to serve with Simply Salads by cookbookinabox.

Orange almond simple salad_3727Salad or dessert, a little of each,  a layered fruit salad of green grapes halves, pineapple chunks, diced navel oranges and sprinkling of toast almonds and coconut flakes on top.  The juice provide its own dressing.  This simple salad would be a sweet ending to the Corn and Mushroom Chowder.

As cooks, we sometimes get so caught up trying to give the best tasting gourmet dinner and an stunning  eye-appealing  presentation we get overwhelmed and frazzled.  Try some of the suggested Simply Salads by cookbookinabox® with any of the Recent Recipes listed on the side.

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