3 Simple summer smoothies

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Strawberry cheesecake smoothie (2011) Strawberry cheesecake smoothie (2011) Photo Credit: Marge Perry

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Marge Perry Newsday columnist Marge Perry

Marge Perry, Newsday's weekly 3 Simple columnist, also writes, broadcasts, teaches and speaks about cooking, food and nutrition.

TIP Make smoothies thicker by adding more ice.

STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE SMOOTHIE

8 ounces strawberries (plus 4 additional berries for garnish)

6 ounces vanilla nonfat yogurt

6 ounces Neufchâtel cream cheese

2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar

2 cups ice cubes

2 teaspoons graham cracker crumbs

1. Combine the berries, yogurt, Neufchâtel, sugar and ice in a blender, and puree until smooth.

2. Pour into 4 glasses; top each with 1/2 teaspoon of the graham cracker crumbs and garnish each glass rim with a whole berry.

Makes 4 servings.

Nutritional analysis per serving 168 calories, 6 g protein, 15 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, 10 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 171 mg sodium

 

RISE-N-SHINE SMOOTHIE

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1 1/2 cups nonfat milk

6 ounces nonfat Greek yogurt

2 tablespoons natural unsweetened peanut butter

1 banana

1 tablespoon honey

1 cup ice cubes

Put all ingredients into blender and puree.

Makes 2 servings.

Nutritional analysis per serving 299 calories, 19 g protein, 38 g carbohydrates, 3 g fiber, 8 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 174 mg sodium

 

BERRY-PEACH SMOOTHIE

2 medium peaches, pits removed

1 cup blueberries

1 cup strawberries, stems removed

6 ounces vanilla nonfat yogurt

2 tablespoons honey

1 cup ice cubes

1/2 cup nonfat milk

Put ingredients in a blender and puree.

Makes 2 servings.

Nutritional analysis per serving 256 calories, 7 g protein, 59 g carbohydrates, 5 g fiber, 1 g fat, 77 mg sodium

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