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Photo Credit: © Jamba Juice Strawberries Wild “At Home” Smoothie
By Jamba Juice

Ingredients

  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1 cup strawberries, frozen
  • ˝ cup bananas, frozen
  • 1 cup nonfat vanilla frozen yogurt
  • ˝ cup ice

Makes approximately 3 cups

Directions
Pour the apple juice in the blender. Add the strawberries, bananas, frozen yogurt and ice cubes.
Blend until smooth with a thick consistency.

Reprinted with permission from Jamba Juice Company. All rights reserved. Copyright © 2007.


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By Mary Corpening Barber and Sara Corpening Whiteford

It may be hard to believe that this indulgent blend of chocolate and raspberries is good for you, but it's true. There's evidence that chocolate can stimulate the pleasure centers in the brain. And soy contains plant-based hormones that can help relieve some of the mood swings that sometimes accompany PMS. Fresh mint is not only the perfect garnish, but it may also help reduce cramps.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup chocolate soy milk
  • 1 1/4 cups frozen unsweetened raspberries
  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • 3/4 cup chocolate sorbet
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint