This is definitely a "Wow, this is different!" smoothie. I had never thought to put oatmeal in a smoothie before, but after soaking, there is no stiffness to the oats at all! If using fresh blueberries, two or three ice cubes may be added to the blender to make a chillier treat.
Ripe for a refreshing treat? Try Patty Howse's fruit drink—it'll quench everyone's thirst sweetly. "We like to relax on the back porch after a long hot day with glasses of my slush," she writes from her Great falls, Montana kitchen.
Meet the Cook: Although it requires only a few basic ingredients and little preparation, this drink always draws raves from overnight guests about its "wake-up" taste.
My husband's a pastor. We have five children and six grandchildren.
-Joyce Mummau, Mt. Airy, Maryland
Sweet and refreshing, this pretty pink slush stores well in the freezer, so it's great to have on hand for summer guests. Just thaw and add ginger ale or lemon-lime soda. Aahhh! —Danielle Brandt, Ruthton, Minnesota
Whether you’re splashing poolside or watching the kids inside, this slushy beverage has just the right balance of minty crispness and limey tartness that’s sure to tingle your taste buds. Jessica Ring — Chicago, Illinois
Around our house, we often make these yummy shakes. To make the shakes healthier, we substitute fat-free milk and ice cubes for the ice cream. They are fast and nutritious! —Polly Coumos, Mogadore, Ohio
Whip up this creamy concoction from Martha Polasek of Markham, Texas as a refreshing and nutritious snack or a quick chilled breakfast. Because you can use frozen fruit, you don't have to wait until peaches are in season to enjoy this delicious drink.
Four berry flavors combine refreshingly in this cool, colorful beverage. It's the perfect complement to my mom's brunch menu, or sip it while enjoying a lazy summer afternoon on the patio.
Warwick, Rhode Island