Serves: 5



Smoothies are exciting and versatile offerings that can be enjoyed as a quick snack or incorporated in your diet as a means of reducing calories and fat. But at other times, when you're longing for that occasional indulgence, these glistening glassfuls can easily be transformed into a rich and creamy temptation. When this urge overcomes you, don't even think about the calorie content! Instead, splurge on any of the more than 15 fruit and ice cream sensations found in this chapter-and worry about dieting tomorrow. Made with such rich ingredients as ice cream, chocolate, caramel sauce, and even a few candy bars to tempt you, these smoothies were designed to satisfy your sweet tooth instantly. In fact, these treats are so temptingly delicious that it's hard to believe that a dessert so enriched in vitamins, protein, and calcium could taste so sinfully good.

While this chapter was created for your no-holds-barred indulgence, keep in mind that you can substitute fat-free, lowfat, or reduced-calorie ingredients such as skim milk or fat-free frozen yogurt for ice cream and whole milk if you're watching your calorie and fat consumption. The smoothies won't taste quite as rich as those made with the suggested ingredients, but they will remain flavorful and satisfying.

So, let your hair down and indulge in a creamy glassful of American Smoothie, made with raspberry, banana, and blueberry fillings layered into a wine glass, or succumb to Whirls Just Want to Have Spun, a delectable combination of peanut butter, banana, chocolate chips, and coconut gelato. You'll find yourself counting the days until the next special occasion.

From SUMMER SMOOTHIES: more than 130 cool and refreshing recipes. Copyright © 2002 Donna Pliner Rodnitzky. All Rights Reserved.

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