Tangy Raspberry Smoothie & A Healthy Challenge

Tangy Raspberry Smoothie

I have joined the 10in10 challenge, “10 weeks to healthy in 2010″. I may be two weeks late in posting about it, but I do have a good reason. I’m sure you’re not interested in the minuscule details of my goals so I’ll keep this brief. I haven’t been able to settle in one spot for very long this past year and it’s made a routine very hard to come by. Now that the future is looking a little more settled I thought 10in10 was the perfect way to help me start that routine. My goals are to exercise more and eat healthier. It’s all about being healthy people! Although I do consider myself a fairly healthy person, I know I could do a little better, and educate myself a little more. Especially when it comes to snacks.

Any mother knows that when you are on the go with your little ones you eat whatever is in front of you so you can keep on trucking. You don’t have time to even think about what you’re eating. Part of my goal is to find healthier grab and go snacks to keep on hand partly because fruit just doesn’t fill me up when I spend the afternoon chasing a toddler around the house. I plan to share with you some of my best findings.

To kick start this new endeavour I wanted to share with you one of my favourite, of all time, smoothies. It’s every bit as good as Orange Julius or other such smoothie shop. Smooth, creamy, tangy and filling. The perfect afternoon snack to slosh around the house while chasing your little ones or to jump in the car with and rush to the office. And, the great thing is, you can swap out the raspberries with whatever fruit suites your fancy. Add some wheat germ and you have yourself one healthy breakfast.

If you are interested in joining the 10in10 challenge visit this page (it is never too late to join). Or, if you are interested in what the other participants are up to check out the blog list here.

What are your favourite healthy snacks?

Ten in Ten

Tangy Raspberry Smoothie
 
Makes: 4 small servings or 2 large servings
Ingredients
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup natural yogurt
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • ½ cup apple juice
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups ice
Instructions
  1. Make a simple syrup by combing the sugar and water in a small saucepan set over medium heat. Bring to a boil and simmer until sugar has dissolved. Cool for 20 minutes.
  2. Pour the simple syrup along with the remaining ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth. Serve immediately.
Notes
  1. It may seem like a lot of work to make a simple syrup for a smoothie. But really the only work is remembering to make it ahead of time in order to allow it to cool. It’s worth that extra effort to not have those granules of gritty sugar in your smooth-ie. The simple syrup can be stored in the fridge and should last for a couple of weeks. If you would like you could make a larger batch to store in the fridge. This recipes makes ½ cup simple syrup. So, if you cut the recipe in half use ¼ cup simple syrup.
  2. If you would prefer not to use a simple syrup you could always substitute it with honey, by taste preference.
  3. The natural (unsweetened) yogurt is what gives this smoothie most of it’s tanginess. For a creamier smoothie use a thick full fat yogurt such as Greek yogurt.

Adapted from Giada at Home.