In Time for the Heat

2011 August 2011 Food

By Manzanillo Sun Kitchen from the August 2011 Edition

With the heat of summer comes much perspiration, moisture that needs to be replaced. Try these delicious blender drinks that are a few of the summer line up from Real Simple magazine and experiment with your favourite flavours..

Directions for all drinks

Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth and frothy.

Mango Smoothy (Real Simple) Ingredients

1 cup chopped ripe mango 1/2 cup low-fat milk
1/2 cup ice
1/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt 1 tablespoon honey

Raspberry Nut Smoothy (Real Simple) Ingredients
3/4 cup low-fat milk
3/4 cup frozen raspberries 1/2 banana
1 tablespoon natural almond or peanut butter
1 tablespoon agave nectar or honey

Spinach, Grape, & Coconut Smoothie (Real Simple)


1 cup seedless green grapes
1 cup packed baby spinach 1/2 cup ice
1/4 cup coconut milk

Gingery Berry and Oat Smoothie ( Real Simple)


1/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt
1/2 cup ice
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger


1. First place the oats and ½ cup water in a blender.

2. Let soak until the oats have softened, about 15 minutes. Then follow above directions above

Fruit soups

When on a cruise many years ago, we were absolutely delighted with the chilled fruit soups that we had never had before. Almost all fruits can be used in various combinations and if what you choose to use is not a really juicy fruit, add a little ginger ale or OJ which will bring the moisture out.

I have gone on line to check out recipes and the following are from All, where I can often find a good recipe.

Mango Gazpacho

2 cups 1/4-inch-diced fresh mangoes
2 cups orange juice
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 seedless cucumber, cut into 1/4-inch dice
1 small red bell pepper, seeded and cut into ¼” dice
1 small onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice
2 medium garlic cloves, minced
1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced (optional)
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, basil or cilantro Salt and freshly ground black pepper


Process mangos, orange juice and oil in a blender or food processor until pureed. Transfer to a medium bowl, along with remaining ingredients. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

(Can be made several hours before serving.)

Strawberry soup

2 pints strawberries
2 cups plain yogurt 1/2 cup orange juice 1/2 cup white sugar 1/2 cup water
1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom


In a blender, combine the strawberries, yogurt, orange juice, sugar, water and cardamom. Puree until well mixed.

Chill and serve.


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