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    >>> it's time to take you back in today's kitchen to check out what's cooking and today we're hitting happy hour a few minutes early with some ?@ refreshing and healthy smoothies to cool you off for the summer.

    >> we hear a few of them have a little sip of something going on to suit our tastes, so "cooking light" contributor editor allison fishman taft has a new book out called "cooking light chill."

    >> you look beautiful.

    >> you guys doll immediate all up.

    >> we spare nod expense.

    >> sometimes people worry about these frozen drinks and smoothies because they're packed with calories. is that something we should worry about?

    >> that's exactly why we made the book. we wanted to take some of your favorites and make them lighter. i've got two here that i know you ladies are going to love.

    >> what are they?

    >> who would like a cucumber refresher and then we have a watermelon mojito.

    >> we tried that one in the opening. so let's go with the green one.

    >> thank you.

    >> and it's a healthy for us.

    >> a little cucumber. lime, fresh cucumber water.

    >> it's a little like a pimm's cup.

    >> what's nice about these is everything in the book can be made with a blinder. you don't have to get a juicer if you don't have one. we're starting with an orange creamsicle. we serve it in a little orange. we've got a low-fat ice cream . we've got a sorbet. fresh orange juice , orange zest .

    >> all of it in.

    >> all of it.

    >> and we have vanilla. yum.

    >> you've got a lot less. sugar and sorbet.

    >> what would you say, calorie count on that little baby be?

    >> this is going to be under 200.

    >> a little guy. what i like about it is, it could be a smoothie or you could put it in a freezer and serve it as dessert.

    >> this one looks healthy.

    >> thank you for saying that.

    >> maybe we'll like it anyway.

    >> this is the green smoothie. sometimes i hear green smoothie and i hear, i'm not going to like that.

    >> i've grown to love them.

    >> you've got spinach, honey dew and kiwi and a little bit of that honey yogurt. and then soy milk .

    >> i told you my sister was making some of these and she was adding avocado to thicken it up and it was such a great treat. delicious.

    >> if you wanted to make this one dairy free, that would be a great addition. it would do the job.

    >> coconut milk ?

    >> soy milk .

    >> and 83 of the smoothies in this book are dairy-free.

    >> which is nice.

    >> there you go.

    >> that's so satisfying.

    >> i love that!

    >> i could watch that all day long.

    >> but i'm too busy eating taco bell .

    >> what's the last one?

    >> one of my favorites, an innovative flavor, s'more. we've got the ice cream already in it a lighter vanilla ice cream. and we've got four you know what these are, 45 minutes, 45 seconds in the broiler?

    >> a marshmallow toasted.

    >> okay.

    >> awesome.

    >> and it tastes like graham cracker .

    >> there are four kram crackers inside.

    >> thank you so much.

    >> i can't.

    >>> tomorrow, khloe kardashian is going to be with us.

    >> and also actor comedian, bill

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updated 5/28/2013 11:42:07 AM ET 2013-05-28T15:42:07

Recipe: Cucumber agua fresca

  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 3/4 cups peeled English cucumber slices (about 1 medium cucumber)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 2 large limes)
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed ice
  • 2 cups lime-flavored sparkling water, chilled
  • English cucumber ribbons (optional garnish)

Combine sugar and 3 tablespoons water in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 2 minutes or until mixture boils, stirring every 1 minute. Cool.

Place cucumber slices and ¼ cup water in blender; process until smooth. Strain mixture through a cheesecloth-lined sieve into a bowl to measure 1 cup liquid; discard solids. Combine cucumber liquid and sugar syrup in a small pitcher. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour or until thoroughly chilled; stir in lime juice.

Place ¾ cup crushed ice in each of 2 glasses. Pour ½ cup cucumber mixture into each glass. Add 1 cup sparkling water to each glass. Garnish with cucumber ribbons, if desired.


CALORIES 44; FAT 0.1g (sat 0g, mono 0g, poly 0g); PROTEIN 0.5g; CARB 11.1g; FIBER 0.5g; CHOL 0mg; IRON 0.2mg; SODIUM 32mg; CALC 12mg

Serving Size

Makes 2 servings

Recipe: Go-getter green smoothie

  • 1/2 cup vanilla light soy milk
  • 1 (5.3-ounce) carton fat-free Greek yogurt with honey
  • 1 cubed peeled kiwifruit
  • 1 cup (1/2-inch) cubed honeydew melon
  • 1 cup bagged baby spinach
  • 1 cup sliced ripe banana, frozen (about 1 large)

Place all ingredients in a blender; process until smooth.


CALORIES 224; FAT 1.1 g (sat 0.2g, mono 0.2g, poly 0.5g); PROTEIN 9.4g; CARB 47.9g; FIBER 4.3g; CHOL 0mg; IRON 1mg; SODIUM 91mg; CALC 180mg

Serving Size

Makes 2 servings

Recipe: Orange cream shake

  • 1 cup vanilla light ice cream
  • 1/2 cup orange sherbert
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange rind
  • 6 tablespoons fresh orange juice (about 1 orange)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Place all ingredients in a blender; process until smooth.


CALORIES 220; FAT 4.3 g (sat 2.5 g, mono 1.2g, poly 0.2g); PROTEIN 4.5 g; CARB 40.4g; FIBER 0.4g; CHOL 23mg; IRON 0.2mg; SODIUM 74mg; CALC 148mg

Serving Size

Makes 2 servings

Recipe: S'mores shake

  • 8 stackable marshmallows
  • 4 graham cracker sheets
  • 1/2 cup 1% low-fat milk
  • 1/2 ounce semisweet chocolate, grated
  • 3 cups fat-free vanilla light ice cream

Preheat broiler.

Place marshmallows on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Broil 45 seconds or until puffed and toasted. Cool on pan 2 minutes.

Crush 4 graham cracker sheets into a blender. Add milk, 4 toasted marshmallows, chocolate and ice cream; process until smooth. Pour milk shake into 4 glasses. Top each shake with 1 marshmallow. Serve immediately.


CALORIES 288; FAT 3g (sat 1g, mono 0.8g, poly 0.7g); PROTEIN 7g; CARB 60g; FIBER 0.7g; CHOL 2mg; IRON 0.8mg; SODIUM 170mg; CALC 162mg

Serving Size

Makes 4 servings

Recipe: Watermelon mojito smash

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 (5-inch) mint sprigs
  • 2 cups cubed seeded watermelon
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 2 large limes)
  • Ice cubes
  • 1 cup lime-flavored sparkling water, chilled
  • Mint sprigs (optional)
  • Lime slices (optional)

Combine ½ cup water and sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Cook, uncovered, 1 minute or until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and stir in 2 (5-inch) mint sprigs. Cover and steep 15 minutes. Remove and discard mint. Cool mint syrup completely.

Place watermelon in a blender; process until smooth. Strain watermelon mixture through a sieve into a bowl; discard solids. Stir in mint syrup and lime juice.

Fill each of 2 glasses with ice cubes. Pour ¾ cup watermelon mixture and ½ cup sparkling water over ice in each glass. Garnish with additional mint sprigs and lime slices, if desired.


CALORIES 147; FAT 0.2g (sat 0g, mono 0.1g, poly 0.1g); PROTEIN 1g; CARB 38g; FIBER 0.7g; CHOL 0mg; IRON 0.4mg; SODIUM 25mg; CALC 13mg

Serving Size

Makes 2 servings

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