The house phone rang as I was peeling a banana for my Mint Mango Smoothie; my sister was calling from college. She was having a bad day— one of those terrible-horrible-no-good-very-bad days. To help, I did what I do best: humor.
I talked her through my process of managing to pour ingredients into a blender, take photos, all the while talking to her on the phone. I’d yell at her to hold on a second while the blender roared, yet still try and talk over it.
She’d giggle and ask, “What are you doing?” I can’t say there weren’t a few swear words while the phone cord to our kitchen phone formed a booby-trap around my legs.
I may not have been able to solve her problems, but we kept each other company. I just wish she had been there to try the Mint Mango Smoothie from The Garden-Fresh Cookbook with me! It was mouth watering-good. The mint and mango was a surprising and refreshing combination, and the natural sugar in the mango with the high potassium in the bananas made this smoothie the ideal afternoon snack. Add a little frozen yogurt and it would be impossible to resist.
Best part, it’s so easy to make! Try this next time you need a filling snack that can be ready in five minutes. Warning, drinking this smoothie without a straw will result in a mustache!
Mint Mango Smoothie
1 small ripe mango, peeled, pitted, and coarsely chopped
1 banana, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup vanilla frozen yogurt
8 spearmint leaves
1/2 cup or more fresh orange juice, as needed for consistency
Put the mango and banana into a blender or food processor. Add the frozen yogurt, spearmint, and orange juice and blend until smooth. Add more juice as necessary for a smooth consistency. Makes 2 servings.
Jane received her Bachelor's in Fine Arts at Western Washington University where she studied Creative Writing. She now lives in the greater Seattle area, where she writes and drinks copious amounts of coffee. When she isn't writing, cooking, gardening, or taking photos, you can find her at local shows and concerts, or running to prepare for yet another half marathon.