On this very special Valentine’s Day, I’m excited to welcome a guest post from the lovely and talented Kendra Thornton (Former Orbitz Director of Communications and promoted into full time position in the care of Motherhood). Often featured as an expert in family, luxury and adventure travel for FOX News, ABC, CBS, NBC, and CW networks, Kendra has been to 28 countries on 6 continents, and has been quoted in the news about seasonal travel trends and destinations all over the United States. Today she is gracious enough to share her recipe for Smooches Smoothies. Welcome to MommiFried, Kendra! Glad you stopped by!
You might be looking for a way to start Valentine’s Day in a special way for someone you love whether it’s your children or another loved one. I’ve got a great treat for you. It’s a smoothie I first had when I was in Hawaii with my husband. We stayed at one of the top hotels in Honolulu, the Halekulani. It’s so luxurious and romantic, and when I make this smoothie, it brings that time back to me. But even without those memories, you and the people that you serve this to will love it.
I was lucky enough to get the recipe from the Lankai Juice Company where I first had it. Now, at home in Chicago, I can mix it up whenever I want, but I like to keep it for special occasions. Besides the fact that it’s so frothy and sweet, what makes it perfect for Valentine’s Day is its fuchsia color. What’s even better is that unlike so many Valentine’s Day candies and treats, it’s really healthy.
In the middle of gloomy February, this is also sure to give your spirits a boost. Even if you’ve never been to Hawaii, this will remind you of a tropical paradise. I’m planning on surprising my child with it before school tomorrow.
The ingredient amounts are not exact. That’s because you can experiment with smoothies and find the right proportions for you. If you follow the directions below, you’ll have a delicious smoothie, but over time, you may want to experiment. You may want a larger or smaller banana or a little more orange juice.
Here are the ingredients:
Half a small glass of orange juice
Frozen mixed berries, about two handfuls
4 spoonfuls of vanilla yogurt
½ of a lemon
Slice the banana and put it in the mixer with the orange juice. Blend the two together until the liquid is smooth. Add the berries and the yogurt. The berries are not just for the flavor but for the color as well. Blend again and squeeze a bit of lemon in to bring out the taste more. I add a little healthy flaxseed here as well because it’s healthy. You can experiment with other additions too.
Serve this island treat to your loved ones with a Valentine’s Day smile.