Virgin [Bloody] Mary Smoothie

"Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in." - Robert Frost

Every four years, an internationally-spanning event happens, that has the power to unite the whole world for the span of an entire month... and I'm the happiest girl in the world!!! For those that don't know, the FIFA WORLD CUP officially started yesterday, with this amazing futbol (soccer) event being hosted in Russia. Basically, this is like a global Superbowl for futbol fans everywhere. Every day for the next month, millions across the globe will be glued to TV/cellphone/tablet/computer screens everywhere watching futbol matches, whether they are for the teams their rooting for or for other countries' teams. The energy everywhere is electric, and I, for one, will be glued along with everyone else! Yesterday, I made sure to watch both the opening ceremonies and the Russia vs. Saudi Arabia match from the comfort of my cellphone, while at work. Sorry, but not sorry... :)

Along with futbol matches will come many, and I mean, many, watch parties! Weekday, weekend, all types of watch parties, and parties in general, will be happening everywhere! The interesting part of this year's matches is that most of them happen in the morning or during brunch hour (if you're counting the weekend matches). And, what pairs well with brunch? Bloody Marys! I know, they usually are made with vodka, but I'm bringing you a "smoothie" alcohol-free alternative. It's quick to make, and can be jazzed up with any additional toppings you usually enjoy with a Bloody Mary. However, I'm not sure if vodka can be added... Would it react badly with the yogurt? If any of you try it, please let me know.

I'm going to go catch up on my Tivo from this week (The Bachelorette, World of Dance, MasterChef). I need to clear up some room for tomorrow's games! Good luck to whichever team you're rooting for!

Virgin [Bloody] Mary Smoothie
adapted from: Smoothies! by Stella Murphy

*makes: 1 smoothie*

"A pick-me-up or pre-lunch drink."

9 3/4 oz ripe red tomatoes, quartered
4 1/2 oz plain non-fat Greek yogurt
dash of Tabasco pepper sauce
dash of Worcestershire sauce

1) Place the tomatoes, yogurt, and sauces into the blender and blend until smooth.
2) Pour into a glass over crushed ice.

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