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Sunshine in a Glass

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Hello, hello, dear readers! I’m back from the Wild, Wild West, and I bring you, today, a smoothie of my own creation:

Finished product

The great thing about summer is that the fresh fruit in the store actually looks appetizing. I decided to take advantage of both the fresh fruit and the sunshiney inspiration instilled in me by the beautiful, clear skies out west, and I decided to make a smoothie that I could drink and just imagine the sunshine. Looking out the window, that appears to be the only sunshine I’m going to get around here, at a balmy 50 degrees and cloudy.

Here’s the recipe:

2 cups cantaloupe chunks
1/2 of a mango
About a 1 1/2 cups of orange juice
About 1 cup of carrot or carrot mango juice

Make sure you blend it for long enough to break apart the mango. If you can find a puree somewhere or have a food processor, I would recommend running it through that, first. Not blending it enough isn’t bad, it just makes for a chunky, chewy smoothie (which I don’t personally mind, in this case).

Step by step

While we’re on the subject of mangoes, did you know that they are part of the same family of plants as poison ivy? 

This smoothie also packs tons of vitamins:
Vitamin C, which aids your immune system
Vitamin K, which supports healthy eyesight
Beta-carotene, which your body processes into Vitamin A (it’s also what gives carrots their orange color)
and Vitamins B-1 and B-6, which help out most of your body’s systems.

As it turns out, a lot of orange foods (ironically, except for oranges) contain Vitamin K, so if you don’t like carrots, enjoy some mangoes or cantaloupe, instead, for your daily dose of Vitamin K (among others).

Today’s fun facts brought to you by the Letter J — for “juice!”
Well, there you have it! A tasty smoothie to bring out the sunshine in your day, whether you live in a beautiful sunny somewhere or a gray, dreary… other somewhere. Trust me, it actually works! See for yourself:

Before and after

Works like magic (just don’t mix up your potions)…

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this smoothie, and stay tuned because once the peaches I bought have ripened, I’m making peach dumplings! Also, after this week, I’ll be moving to apartmenteats.com (I’ll post on social media when the change is made).


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