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Delightful Dairy-Free Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie

This cool and refreshing nondairy smoothie provides a blast of vitamin C while the strawberries and kiwi fruit give it a beautiful color. Let the pretty rose color show through by serving it in a tall, clear glass. If possible, use fresh, locally grown berries in season for the best flavor.

Preparation time: 3 minutes

Yield: Two 12-ounce servings

1 cup orange juice

1-1/2 cups nondairy vanilla ice cream

1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries

3 fresh kiwi, peeled and sliced

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 tablespoons pure maple syrup (or honey)

5 or 6 ice cubes

  1. Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend on high speed for about 1 minute, or until smooth, stopping every 15 seconds to scrape the sides of the blender with a spatula and to push the solid ingredients down to the bottom of the blender. Thin the mixture as needed with a little more orange juice until it reaches the desired consistency.

  2. Pour into two tall, 16-ounce tumblers and serve immediately with iced tea spoons and straws.

You can reserve half the smoothie in the refrigerator for several hours. It won’t be as frosty if enjoyed later, but it will still taste good.

Per serving: Calories 498 (from Fat 161); Fat 18g (Saturated 3g); Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 319mg; Carbohydrate 80g (Dietary Fiber 5g); Protein 6g.

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