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Carnation Berry Banana Smoothie: Real Seal

Earlier this month I was asked to create a recipe for Real® Seal with the theme of “Beat the Heat, End of Summer Treat.”

What's Real® Seal? Real Seal is something that was created by America's Dairy Farmers more than 30 years ago to separate products that follow specific guidelines for processing and manufacturing. The products are registered and follow the required standards and are "made entirely with the wholesome goodness of U.S. - produced cow's milk." For more information, check out the Real Seal Facebook page.

You can also help out in choosing a name for the Real Seal character!!! Send your suggestions by August 31st.  

The only product with Real Seal I could find at my grocery store was the Nestle Carnation Evaporated milk. Since I don't always have fresh refrigerated milk on hand, I thought a can of milk would be a fun item to experiment with. And what's better on a hot summer day than a slightly sweet, fast-to-make, and actually good-for-you smoothie? That's how I decided to make Carnation Berry Banana Smoothie.

Carnation Berry Banana Smoothie
Serves 2 small children or 1 adult

1/2 cup frozen sliced banana
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup frozen raspberries
1/4 cup shredded coconut
6 ounces Nestle Carnation Evaporated milk

optional: sugar or any other sweetener
fresh berries and extra shredded coconut for garnish


1. In a blender puree the frozen fruit with shredded coconut and evaporated milk. Add sweetener if your berries are not sweet enough.
2. Pour into glasses.
3. Garnish with fresh berries and extra shredded coconut. {I used a straw for the photos because they are pretty, but you'll be better off eating this with a spoon!}

Have you seen Real Seal products in your grocery store? Have you cooked from them?

Disclosure: I was provided with a gift card to cover my time and ingredients. All opinions are my own.


Dixya Bhattarai RD said...

this is pretty cool - i have never thought about using canned milk for smoothies.

Megan said...

I've never heard of Real Seal before. Thanks for teaching us a little about it and sharing what looks like an awesome recipe!