Strawberry-Peach Smoothie

from "Mollie Katzen's Sunlight Café"
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Yield: 1 large, or 2 smaller, servings
Throw this together in minutes flat, for breakfast or for a complete (meaning delicious, nutritious, filling) snack. You can make this any time of year using frozen or canned peaches and frozen strawberries, but there is absolutely nothing to compare with the fresh peach version. So let this be your Summer Special!

The recipe calls for ripe peaches, and this includes overripe peaches as well, as long as they are not downright rotten. No matter how bad your overripe (or damaged) peach looks before you blend it, the smoothie will be beautiful when you're done. If you are shopping at the farmers' market, look for bargain peaches ("seconds") which are often sold at a discount, because they might be soft or bruised. Give these peaches a job! Once blended, no one will ever know they had been marked down. A Cinderella story for fruit.

NOTE: If all the ingredients (except maybe the banana) are chilled ahead of time, you'll have a cold smoothie, ready-to-drink. If not, you can chill the smoothie after it's blended.

2/3 cup orange juice
2 medium-sized ripe peaches„peeled, if necessary, and cut into chunks
1/2 a ripe banana
1 to 2 cups strawberries (hulled and sliced)
1 cup plain, vanilla, or lemon yogurt

Up to 1/2 cup protein powder (vanilla-flavored whey- or soy-based)
Up to 2 teaspoons flaxseed oil
Maple syrup to taste

Put everything in a blender and pureé until smooth. Chill until serving time.

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