A smart summer smoothie

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A busy summer schedule requires plenty of energy, and while relaxation is sure to help, what you eat is your essential source of fuel. Just like filling up your gas tank, food is what makes your body go.

A well- balanced approach to eating is a smart way to ensure your body gets the nutrients it needs to power you through each fun- filled day and keep you operating in tip- top shape.

Reach for snacks full of seasonal fruits and vegetables like peaches, cucumbers, zucchini and raspberries that will satisfy your appetite and fuel your summer days. Find more warm- weather recipes and tips to stay energized throughout the season at Atkins.com.

Tropical Raspberry Smoothie


Recipe courtesy of Atkins

Prep time: 5 minutes

Servings: 1

•1/2 cup coconut cream

•4 ounces firm silken tofu

•1/2 cup red raspberries, plus additional (optional)

•2 teaspoons sugar substitute (optional)

•1/8 teaspoon coconut extract

•3 ice cubes

•whipped cream (optional)

In blender, combine coconut cream, tofu, raspberries, sugar substitute, if desired, and coconut extract; blend until smooth. To remove seeds, strain mixture through sieve then return to blender.

With machine running, add ice cubes, one at a time, and blend until smooth.

Pour into tall glass and garnish with whipped cream and raspberries, if desired.