Would you believe, I have never had a professional smoothie? Sure, I blend some concoctions at home but I have no idea what a real smoothie is supposed to taste like. Until now. The other day I stopped at a Panera’s to buy a bowl full of hot sobo noodle soup when I got offered a discount on a beverage. The people on line before me ordered two strawberry smoothies, so I decided to use my discount and try a real, live smoothie!
WOW! I had no idea smoothies could taste so good. So, the first thing I did when I got home (and after I finished my smoothie) was look on the internet to see if there was a Panera recipe and sure enough, there was:
- 4 cups fresh or frozen strawberries (hulled if fresh), blueberries, and/or raspberries.
- 2 cups 2% plain Greek yogurt.
- ½ cup 2% milk.
- ¼ cup honey or agave nectar.
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
- Pinch of salt.
The recipe makes four (4) smoothies, so divide the ingredients by four in order to make one smoothie. Delish! I make my smoothie with skim milk, low fat or non fat plain Greek yogurt, four to five fresh whole strawberries, honey to taste and a tablespoon of vanilla extract (I believe this is THEE secret ingredient to a fantastic smoothie!) I do NOT use salt!
The Panera recipe nutrition values are listed below but since I use skim and/or non-fat products and NO salt, my calories and values are different (if not better!)
Nutrition (Per Serving)
- 211 calCalories
- 13 gProtein
- 34 gCarbohydrates
- 3 gFat
- 10 mgCholesterol
- 55 mgSodium
- 3 gDietary Fiber
Next, I have a pesty summer problem and that is one of my cabinets in my kitchen is being hounded by ants! I can’t get rid of them no matter what I do. I tried cleaning, washing the interior down, covering the shelves in baking soda, place in ant traps and then eventually actually spraying ant poison on the interior shelves (plus I threw away anything in a permeable container). Not good!
And still those ants keep marching on. They’re the teeny tiny ants. I think they come in from the vent (yes! we sprayed there too!) The only thing I can do now is to keep everything in zip locked bags or containers. I may have to store the sugar in the fridge BUT that makes them too hard to use when needed.
In the interim, this is what the cabinet looks like now. I have the interior stuff all out on the counters. I’m hoping the light of day will permanently scare them away! If not, we may become a sugarless home.