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I DID A QUICK SEARCH for some new and different ingredients, we needed something fresh, sweet, something to wake up our tastebuds!   The perfect answer:  this delectable Honeydew Kiwi Cooler from Good Housekeeping. This is a smoothie I will want to drink in the heat of the summer — so very refreshing!

And I even dared to use lemon and honey again!   How’s that for bravery?

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(Plus spinach and honey)

Oh my – I certainly brewed up a concoction this afternoon!  You know how they say you can throw anything into a smoothie?  Well, you can, but you might not be able to drink it.  

So I saw a recipe to make a homemade lemonade with honey, hot water and lemons.  And a nice icy lemonade sounded really good to me.   The problem is balancing the lemony tartness and the honey sweetness.  Using four cups of hot water and two lemons, I added 5 tablespoons of honey and about 10 mint leaves.  When I tasted it the lemon tasted a little weak, so I squeezed another lemon into the mix, for a total of three lemons.  Then it was pretty tart, but I wasn’t about to use more than 5 tablespoons of honey, even though I knew this would be two smoothies.  So I squeezed a tangerine into the mix.

Then I poured half into the blender, added 1/2 a large kale leaf, two spinach leaves and ice.  After blending I tasted it and let’s just say it was less than stellar, still too lemony.   So I threw a banana in.  Hmmmm, interesting for sipping (if you catch my drift).  So then I threw 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries in. 

I have a smoothie here.  It’s passable.   I’m making myself drink it.  The lemon flavor is the dominant one – I need to just put a big ol’ spoon of sugar in it, but I hate to do that.   I’m saving the rest of it to maybe add strawberries to tomorrow.  This would have worked had I put more truly sweet fruits into it, but I’m fresh out and was using up what I had on hand.   To make this up to you, dear reader, I’m going to make Smoothie No. 5 later tonight.   

I’m blaming all of this on not having a good breakfast today.  ; )

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THIS SMOOTHIE IS sweet and very summery.   I can’t get enough of it!

Mango Blueberry Smoothie

1 c. frozen mango chunks

1 c. frozen blueberries

1 T. honey

1 T. flaxseed

1/2 c. almond milk (add more as needed)

Place all ingredients in blender.  Blend to a consistency you like, adding almond milk when necessary.  Pour into glasses, top each glass with a piece of mango,  and enjoy!    Some people prefer to mash up the flaxseed first, which you can do with a mortar and pestle.  I leave mine whole, since I like to chew them and get even more of those healthy oils.

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