I can’t be the only smoothie hound low on last summer’s berries. A giant bag of Wawona Festival Blend from Costco is part of what’s tiding me over until June. It’s a combination of three tropical fruits: mango, papaya and pineapple, plus strawberries. The mix is non-organic. While mangoes and pineapples are among the least pesticide-contaminated produce, strawberries are among the worst and I don’t usually buy non-organic ones. But I guess I am making an exception in this case. The blend is inexpensive, about 47 cents a cup at my local Costco’s price, and it’s the only source I’ve seen for frozen papaya. It makes it very easy to whip out a breakfast smoothie (yeah, that’s what I have for breakfast a lot of the time).
- 1.5 c. Wawona Festival Blend fruit
- 1.5 cup unsweetened soy milk or other milk
- Put ingredients in Vitamix or other blender. Blend. I like my smoothies very thick and cold: if that's not you, or you have a blender that has trouble with frozen fruit, zap the fruit in the microwave to thaw it a little before you blend it.
Nutritional information: Calories, 315, Fat, 7.9 g., Sat Fat, 1.1 g., Protein, 18 g., Sodium, 157.5 mg., Carbs, 45 g., Fiber, 6.8 g., Sugar 33.8 g., Calcium 720 mg.