Fruit & Veggie Smoothies!
(They’re an Adventure!)
I am often asked to provide recipes for my Fruit & Veggie Smoothies. (Pam and I have a large one most mornings.) My reply is that I don’t really have a recipe. I use whatever fruits and veggies I have on hand.
But while I don’t have a recipe. I do have a plan I can share with you so that your fruit and veggie smoothies can become a taste adventure.
First, of course, you need a powerful blender. I use a Vitamix. This is a great “blender on steroids” and nothing less expensive will make smoothies as smooth. Literally, the Vitamix emulsifies the ingredients. But a Vitamix is $400 plus. It is a good investment being that it has a 7 year warranty and can make ice-cream, grind flour from the whole grain, make soup right inside the container that’s piping hot and so much more.
But you can also purchase a blender like the Ninja to make good smoothies. ($99-$149 at Wal-Mart). Also, just a good powerful generic blender should work.
First: Your INGREDIENTS.
1. Fruit & Veggies of all kinds (either fresh or frozen). Don’t be afraid of using frozen fruit & veggies. Studies show that these frozen items often have more nutrients than their fresh counterpart. Why? Because the time from field to your table with fresh produce can be a week or more. During this time, they lose as much as 40% of their nutrients. On the other hand, fruits and veggies go right from the field to the freezing plant sometimes within hours.
2. My plan – USE WHATEVER YOU HAVE ON HAND OR WHATEVER YOU FIND ON SALE!
3. USE ABOUT 1/3rd of your produce or fruit frozen in your drink. Fill the container 1/3rd with frozen items. This keeps the smoothy cold when served.
4. Also, MAKE AT LEAST 1/3RD TO 1/2 of your smoothy out of FRUIT. Today I placed a frozen Kiwi, Frozen Strawberries, along with a handful of homemade banana chips and homemade dehydrated oranges.
5. Fill the REMAINDER OF THE CONTAINER WITH FRESH ITEMS. I packed spinach into our morning drink right up to the top.
6. OTHER ITEMS TO CONSIDER ADDING: I add a few tablespoons of ground flax seed (Omega 3 fatty acids); 2 tablespoons of ground sunflower seeds and a small handful of walnuts (Magnesium). I grind these first in a coffee grinder and throw them in the drink while it’s blending. These really add a nutrition punch to the smoothy.
7. Add filtered water (we use a Britta water filter) so that the water fills the container 1/2 way. You can add more while blending if you want a more watery smoothy.
8. I also add a few sprinkled of concentrated STEVIA POWDER. I buy the concentrate of this mega sweetener (1 lb. of Stevia powder = 200 to 300 lbs. of tabel sugar). Stevia has no calories and comes from a tropical plant. I place my Stevia is a salt shaker and I find that 2 shakes into my smoothy is enough to add some sweetening. Most people don’t like the taste of Stevia alone (at least until they get accustomed to it). But I find Stevia works very well to enhance natural sugars in the fruit.
That’s it. BLEND YOUR SMOOTHY UNTIL IT IS SMOOTH. Serve right away.
A full container makes Pam and I each a 32 ounce smoothy. It’s a great way to start a day. ENJOY!