Watermelon,Strawberry & Pomegranate Punch

 

 

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The summer solstice is long gone and the summer school holidays have finally started here,which means in less than a month’s time we will be in the summer bank holidays which unofficially marks the end of summer.So there’s not much time in hand to enjoy and make most of the left over summer days.We are trying hard to catch up with the pace of summer ! But phew!! Last weekend when the sun was out, I thought of doing a bit of pampering to myself.Throughout the weekend this is what I did.Reading,eating,relaxing and repeat !

 

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I made this cool and refreshing drink for two of us.All I did was hurl all my favorite fruity red(s) together into a glass pitcher and made one of the most refreshing yet low calorie beverage possible.I don’t know about you ,but my favorite summer red(s) are watermelon,strawberry and pomegranate.If I am not making a salad with them,I am making a dessert with them,and if I am not making a dessert I am making some cool ,refreshing drink with them.

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Strawberry is my favorite smell ,whereas watermelon is one my most favorite summer fruit.Watermelon is not only sweet and refreshing on warm days,but it is also high on water content,which is fabulous for keeping you hydrated. A strawberry,watermelon,pomegranate drink was the order of the day.Whereas the  flavors of lime and mint added the much needed twist to the otherwise sweet and fruity drink.

 

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What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 litre water
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup assorted red fruits* : watermelon chunk(de-seeded) ,strawberry,pomegranate
  • 1/2 litre  fresh watermelon juice
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • lime slices,a few
  • crushed ice
  • few mint leaves for garnish

 

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How to make it :

  • In a liquidizer blend the water,water melon juice , watermelon chunks,honey  until smooth.
  • Add the lemon juice and crush ice and blend for a few seconds longer.
  • Put the red fruits*and lime slices into a pitcher and pour the blended drink on top of the fruits.
  • Coat the mint leaves with some honey and garnish it on top of the pitcher.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve,serve chilled.
  • Enjoy!

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Skinny Tiramisu Smoothie

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Tiramisu -the classic Italian dessert is  the coolest coffee trifle ever made.Delightful mascarpone cheese layered with espresso soaked sponge fingers with a touch of cognac or brandy.Coffee,cream and booze are possibly the best after dinner combination.But the moment I write cheese,sponge finger ,cognac  or brandy in one sentence my mind gets clouded with guilt feeling.Is there a way I can eat something so delectable but not feel guilty? I kept thinking to myself while battling the thought of gaining a pound or two by indulging in such luscious luxuries.And this is what I came up with as solution.Skinny Tiramisu Smoothie.I substituted the rich mascarpone cheese with a much nutritious banana , low fat milk and  vanilla yogurt along with  two tablespoon cream cheese for that decadent smooth texture.

 

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My cheat treat.Tiramisu smoothie well within 75 kcal per glass!! One hell of a tiramisu drink neatly poured in a glass.The feel good factor even enhanced with caramel drizzle on top.And I am good to go..errr drink my glass of skinny tiramisu smoothie.Oh! have I mentioned this is eggless too,which means the vegetarians out there can enjoy this treat as well.

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 Ingredients

  • 1/2 of a chopped frozen banana
  • 2 tbsp strongly brewed espresso coffee,cooled or 1 tsp espresso powder
  • 1/2 cup fat free or low fat  yogurt
  • 1/2 cup 5% fat milk or skimmed milk
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 2tbsp  cream cheese
  • cinnamon powder,a pinch
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract or essence
  • caramel sauce,for drizzling (optional,but highly recommended)
  • rum extract or essence,a drop (optional)

Serves : 2

Instructions

  • Place all the ingredients except caramel sauce in the blender.Blend until smooth and well combined.
  • Pour in to a cooled glass and top it with your favorite caramel sauce.
  • Serve chilled,enjoy!

 

 

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