Yogurt Smoothy

4–6 ice cubes

1/2 cup plain yogurt

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup fresh, frozen, or canned fruit

1 teaspoon honey

Put ice cubes in blender, then add other ingredients and blend until smooth.

Makes 1 or 2 servings.

Banana Boats

1/4 cup chopped peanuts

4 large, unpeeled bananas

1 (4 1/2 ounce/125 g.) container frozen whipped topping, thawed

4 maraschino cherries

  1. After washing bananas, carefully slit top of each banana peel lengthwise, leaving 1″ (2.5 cm.) uncut at each end. Cut away 1/2″ (1.25 cm.) of peel on each side of slit with scissors.

  2. Place whipped topping into bowl. With teaspoon, scoop fruit in small pieces out of each banana and fold into topping.

  3. Fill each banana peel with topping mixture. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts and top with cherry. Serve immediately.

Energy Bars

1/4 cup chopped dates

1/4 cup toasted wheat germ

2 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons peanut butter

1/4 cup chopped nuts

1/4 cup flaked coconut

Mix dates, wheat germ, and nuts together. If mixture seems dry, add a few drops of water. Form into bars and roll in coconut.

Illustrated by Beth Maryon; photo by Eldon K. Linschoten