Basic Fruit Smoothie and Variations

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Yield: 12-16 ounces
My versions of this simple shake had long been limited to bananas, strawberries and peaches with orange juice. Then we had a Puerto Rican nanny, Tabitha, who taught Stephan a Latino version using milk, honey, ice and vanilla. Even with just one fruit, such as bananas, it tastes amazing! If the fruit is really sweet, we'll omit the honey altogether. We all just love this shake as it's a fun, nutritious snack and energy booster all in one!


1 ripe mango , peeled and cut up or 1 1/3 cup of other tropical fruit (combination of more than one is okay)
1/2 cup whole or low fat milk or 1/2 cup whole, low fat yogurt, orange or other fruit juice or soy milk
8 ice cubes
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla


Equipment: Blender

1. Older children can help cut up the mango or other fruit into 2-inch chunks. Younger kids can pour the milk or juice into the blender. Add the fruit and let the kids process on high for about 30 seconds.

2. Have the children uncover the blender and add the ice cubes, two at a time, blending with the lid on for about 30 seconds after each addition or as long as it takes for the mixture to become smooth. Next, kids can add the honey and vanilla, processing for a few seconds to distribute well. The finished mixture should be smooth and frothy.