A Delicious, Healthy Summer Beverage
SoupAddict cannot get enough of summer’s fruits and vegetables. Look at these organic strawberries, grown locally by my CSA, Bergefurd’s Farm Market. Have you ever seen anything so gorgeous?
But the summer growing season also brings a challenge to SoupAddict: she has a difficult time using up everything she buys and grows. It’s heartbreaking to open the fridge and find unused fruits and veggies slipping past their prime. This year, however, SoupAddict is a on a mission to use what she buys. And with limited freezer space, this means thinking outside the recipe box.
SoupAddict knows what you’re thinking: smoothies. SoupAddict likes smoothies, but they have their downsides: they’re not particularly original, and they’re often very high in calories. Healthy calories, yes, but a calorie is still a calorie: it must be burned by the body or risk becoming part of the body. And not in a good way.
But SoupAddict recently stumbled on a different kind of smoothie. She approached it cautiously, skeptically, stalking around it suspiciously. Much like her kitties do to an out of place pile of clothes on the floor (not that SoupAddict ever lazily leaves clothes on the floor. No, sir).
And then she took a deep breath, and gulped down the first taste. Hooked, she was. Immediately.
SoupAddict is really lucky to have a local farmer (the aforementioned Bergefurds) who grows organic blueberries and strawberries. SoupAddict is growing them, too, but her strawberries are a favorite breakfast food of the furry woodland creatures who live in her yard, and her two-year old blueberry bushes are too young to produce much in the way of quantity yet. Thank you, Bergefurds!
Now, for the next part, I’ll ask you not to scream too loudly.
Don’t run away. Hold my hand, and we’ll get through this together.
Trust SoupAddict. She would never lead you astray.
To the delicious fruit, we’ll add some lovely, organic …
The flavors of the fruit completely overwhelm the flavors of the greens. While the resulting color of the drink might be odd, the flavor most definitely is not. Use your favorites fruits: bananas, peaches, mangoes. But not too much – remember those calories!
Add some ice, some water (SoupAddict likes to add a little pomegranate juice, too). Blend until smooth.
Cold, creamy and delicious. Tip: if you’re a skeptic, try it first with a little spinach and/or kale. Both have flavors that will disappear right into the fruit.