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The Smoothie: 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.

Start with what you love. SoupAddict loves citrus. Navel oranges and limes. One of each will do.

Peel them and drop them in your blender.

Next, berries and sweet, red grapes. Just a small handful of each. Freeze the grapes first. Or don’t. Soupaddict does.

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!

Into the blender they go with the citrus. Look how pretty!
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 …

Greens! Yes, greens. Heathy, nutritous … low calorie … greens. Here’s the thing: greens such as spinach and kale, flat leaf parsley and carrot tops, Swiss chard and dark leaf lettuces contain an entire array of essential vitamins and minerals. But most folks find it difficult to consume enough in a given day because, let’s face it, in the end, it’s like eating leaves. That’s where the delicious fruit smoothie comes in.

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.

Mmm, the strawberry and grape flavors really stand out. SoupAddict gives this concoction two green-thumbs up.


Saturday 21st of August 2010

This would possibly help me to convince my husband to eat something green--I really want to try this out. Thanks so much for sharing!


Tuesday 29th of June 2010

Why didn't I think of this? I love V-8. Thank you for shaking me silly!