Raspberry Chocolate Smoothie -- A hit with the kids!

  • 1 cup frozen or fresh raspberries
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 tbs. instant chocolate pudding powder
  • 1 cup cream soda
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 ½ cups ice

Blend all ingredients together in blender -- and enjoy!

Tips and tricks for making great smoothies:

  • Freeze glasses ahead of time to ensure smoothies remain cool and thick.
  • Instead of using whole ice cubes, always crush the ice before adding it to the blender.
  • Cut the fruit into chunks before blending.
  • Freeze fruits ahead of time to use in place of crushed ice for more flavor.
  • Always have thick straws on hand; these can be purchased at any health food store or kitchen supply.

About the author: Melanie Wallace is a freelance writer who lives in Frisco.