Yield: 3(2 to 3 servings depending on the size of serving glasses)
1tablespoonfresh lemon juice
1/4cup waterif the mixture is too thick, a little more water may be needed
1tablespoonhoneyor add to taste
1ripe nectarine (chilled if possible)fruit cut from seed in large pieces, skin on
2cupscut pieces (medium size) of a ripe cantaloupe(equals about a little more than a quarter of a medium to large size cantaloupe)
1medium size orange (Navel or Valencia)peeled (seeds removed if applicable) and cut into chunks
1/4cupshredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)
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).
Since the juiciness of the fruit can vary, if the mixture is too thick, add more water a little at a time.
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, second add soft ingredients like yogurt, honey, berries and fresh cut fruit (unfrozen); then add frozen fruit and berries, vegetables or nuts; and 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).