Now that summer smoothie season has arrived, give your blender a permanent spot on the kitchen counter, and stock up on smoothie ingredients. Smoothies are so versatile it’s no wonder they’ve made the transition from novelty to mainstream. They can fuel you up, cool you down, quench a thirst and give you a nutrition boost at the same time.

Taste is just the beginning of why kids and adults alike enjoy sipping a smoothie. Great for when you’re on-the-go, they’re perfect for breakfast, snacks or even dessert, depending on the ingredients used to make them. Another reason smoothies are so popular is that they are super easy to make at home. You can use a recipe or just create your own with on-hand ingredients.

This fruit blast smoothie is just one example of an easy, delicious and nutritious option that can be ready to drink in just minutes. Six different fruits provide not only a yummy, summery fruit flavor blast, but also all of the vitamins, antioxidants and fiber that you get from fresh fruit. And eggs add a protein punch.

Now it’s safe to add fresh-cracked eggs to smoothies without the risk of foodborne illness from salmonella or other bacteria. It’s possible to enjoy all kinds of recipes that call for raw eggs with Safest Choice Pasteurized Shell Eggs. They are pasteurized in the shell with a warm water bath.

It’s a natural process using precise time and temperature to make them safe to consume raw. A red circle “P” stamped on each egg verifies that the eggs have been pasteurized by the Safest Choice all-natural water bath and are safe to use in raw or lightly cooked egg dishes.

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Fruit Blast Smoothies
Makes 2 servings, preparation time: 15 minutes

1 cup–green or red seedless grapes
1/2 cup–frozen cherries
1/2 cup–frozen strawberries
1/2 cup–peeled and sliced orange
1/2 cup–peeled and sliced ripe banana
1/2 cup–frozen blueberries
2–Safest Choice Pasteurized Eggs

Place all ingredients in blender container; blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

Nutrition information (1/2 of recipe): 270 calories; 5 g total fat; 2 g saturated fat; 215 mg cholesterol; 69 mg sodium; 51 g total carbohydrates; 6 g dietary fiber; 9 g protein; 635 IU vitamin A; 65 mg calcium; 53 mg vitamin C; 2 mg iron.