Smoothies -- A Sippers Spring Delight - Blog

You’ve just driven your camper past a most delightful fruit stand and picked out some fragrantly sweet peaches and the find of all finds, mangoes. Now that your back at camp dozens of recipes dance through your head but it’s hot and you don’t really want to cook. Then you remember running into a gal on your last visit to your Lethbridge RV dealer who was going on about smoothies. Into the kitchen you go to make some of these delectable yet simple delights. Best part is, besides sipping them of course, is you don’t even have to turn on the stove.

1 peeled and sliced peach (or if you missed that fruit stand, one cup frozen sliced peaches)

1 peeled and cubed mango (or one cup frozen chunks)

1/2 cup yogurt, preferably 2% (plain works fine but you may opt for vanilla, mango, peach or honey)

1/2 cup orange juice      

Pinch of cinnamon (to taste)   

1 tablespoon honey (peach or mango jam also work well)

Makes one large 16 ounce or two 8-ounce smoothies.)

Everything goes in the blender. Turn on and let the machine do it’s thing. If it is really hot, add ice, but not too much or it turns into more of a daiquiri, which isn’t a bad thing. In fact the alcoholic version is the pretty much the same except for leaving out the yogurt and adding rum instead. In this case you'll need lots of ice. Add a straw and you’re good to go.

How to Peel a Mango

Mangoes are a tropical fruit with a thick skin and a large, somewhat flat center pit. There is a trick to getting the sweet flesh out of that skin.

Cut the mango lengthwise, parallel to pit, as close as you can get to that pit. You’ll end up with about half the mango in your hand, skin on one side, and flesh on the other. Take a sharp knife and score the fleshy side, making little squares like on a chessboard. Hold the cut mango side in both hands and press on the skin with your thumbs. The side will arch out and the little squares will stand up in cubes. Take a knife and cut off the cubes where they attach to the skin. Repeat with the other side of the mango. If there is still plenty of flesh on the pit, cut or scrape it off to add to your smoothie.

This is a messy process so have plenty of paper towels on hand. An occasional lick of the fingers is allowed.