My turn: Smoothie gets a fruity tweak

Argen Duncan

I know they say, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” but sometimes it’s not bad to tweak a good thing.

Case in point: Lemonade, strawberries and mangos.

Inspired while browsing through recipes in search of a column idea, I decided to create a strawberry-mango lemonade or raspberry-mango lemonade smoothie.

I went with strawberries because I couldn’t find raspberries during my late-night shopping trip. I added ingredients to the blender and taste-tested until I ran out of fruit and thought the smoothie was sufficiently tasty.

Strawberry-mango lemonade smoothie

• 1 cup frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed

• 1 1/2 cups water

• 2 regular-sized mangos, peeled and coarsely chopped

• 10 strawberries, halved, leaves removed

• Put ingredients in blender. Blend until smooth.

• Makes about 8 servings.

This is a thick smoothie with a lot of both tanginess and sugar. I recommend this high-flavor version in not-too-huge portions, but you may want to add a little more water to make it less strong and have bigger servings.

To suit your tastes, you could also add just part of called-for amounts of ingredients, taste test and see how you want to adjust the flavor from there. It’s a recipe for experimentation.