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Nectarine and Cantaloupe Smoothie

Nectarine, Cantaloupe and Orange Smoothie

A refreshing and delicious combination of nectarine, cantaloupe, orange, banana and coconut to enjoy anytime of the year.
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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup water if the mixture is too thick, a little more water may be needed
  • 1 tablespoon honey or add to taste
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 ripe nectarine (chilled if possible) fruit cut from seed in large pieces, skin on
  • 2 cups cut pieces (medium size) of a ripe cantaloupe (equals about a little more than a quarter of a medium to large size cantaloupe)
  • 1 ripe banana peeled
  • 1 medium size orange (Navel or Valencia) peeled (seeds removed if applicable) and cut into chunks
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)
  • 2 cups crushed ice

Equipment

  • Blender

Instructions

  • In a blender jar, add fresh lemon juice, water, honey, plain yogurt, cut pieces of nectarine, cut pieces of cantaloupe, banana, cut pieces of orange, shredded coconut and crushed ice.
  • Blend on the smoothie setting until smooth and creamy. If the mixture is too thick, add more water a little at a time.
  • Do a taste test and add (pulse in) more honey if needed.
  • Serve right away while ice cold. Garnish with shredded coconut (optional).

Notes

TIPS:

  1. Since the juiciness of the fruit can vary, if the mixture is too thick, add more water a little at a time.
  2. A rule of thumb is that liquids and soft ingredients go in first, and the harder ingredients go in last.
    So for example to the blender jar,
    • First, add liquids such as juice, water or milk 
    • Second, add soft ingredients like yogurt, fresh (unfrozen) cut fruit and berries, or honey
    • Then add items such as frozen cut fruit and berries, vegetables or nuts
    • Lastly add the ice
    When blending a smoothie, to avoid an air pocket from forming by the blade in the blender jar, there needs to be a good balance between the liquid and frozen ingredients (including ice).