As the Latin bang continues to forge its place within American culture, Americans continue to see an influx of Latin-American cultural imports. Among these are the Licuados (pronounced LEE-KWA-doh); a blended beverage that is popular throughout Latin America that blends milk, fruit and ice to provide a light, healthy, nutritional drink.
With obesity and diabetes rates soaring among Americans, it is no wonder that Americans are looking for an alternative to sugary drinks and empty calorie snacks by opting for simpler, natural beverage choices. For this reason, consumers are discovering that Licuados offer the perfect infusion of health, nourishment and great taste. The simple beverage provides calcium and protein from the milk and vitamins, minerals and fiber from the fruits making it the perfect rejuvenator, whether it is consumed during breakfast or as a mid-afternoon snack. All that is needed is milk and some of your favorite fruits to create a healthy and vigorous mixture.
1 cup cold milk
1 1/2 cups stemmed fresh California strawberries
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 cup ice
2 whole strawberries, for garnish
Place milk and ice in blender or food processor canister. Blend 15 seconds. Add strawberries and 1 tablespoon sugar (depending on sweetness of strawberries); blend 15 seconds or until smooth and frothy. Pour into two chilled 12-ounce glasses. Garnish glasses with whole strawberries. Serve immediately with straws.
Papaya Splash Licuado
1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup fresh or frozen papaya
2 tablespoons caramel syrup
1 cup ice
Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor canister. Blend until smooth. Serve chilled. Extra portions may be refrigerated or frozen for a fast, healthy snack.
(Serves two 16-oz cups)
12 ounces milk
24 ounces canned or frozen crushed mango
2 tablespoon brown sugar
12 ounces ice
Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor canister. Blend until smooth. Serve chilled.
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