Summer Harvest Smoothies

  • Difficulty Rating: Beginner
Summer Harvest Smoothies

A harvest of summer fruits and veggies can be overwhelming…whether from your own garden, or your CSA (community supported agriculture).

Turning those crops into juices and smoothies is a great way to ensure that nothing goes to waste. They’re also a clever way to add more servings of fruits and veggies to your children’s (or your own!) diet. Read on for tips on making the most of your summer crops…

Equipment

The first decision to make is what equipment to purchase. Smoothies require a blender, while juice requires a dedicated juicer. For smoothies, there is no need to purchase a specialty blender…just a standard blender will do the trick. Juicers range in price from $40 to $200+ and can be purchased at many department stores.

Juice vs. Smoothie

Besides equipment, the choice between juice and smoothies really comes down to preference. Some people prefer the instant energy that comes from juice, and believe that our bodies can access the vitamins much more quickly in this form. Smoothies contain more fiber, so they may keep you full longer. I enjoy both! I tend to lean toward smoothies when I’m using more fruits, and juice when I’m using more vegetables.

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Recipes

The best thing about juice and smoothies is that there is no “wrong” recipe! You can experiment with produce on hand to find your favorite blends.

Here are a few ideas to get you started –

Juice

  • Cucumber, green apple, pear
  • Spinach, red apple, red beet, ginger
  • Cucumber, carrot, red apple
  • Cucumber, celery, green apple
  • Kale, green apple, pear

Smoothie

  • Spinach, peach, pineapple
  • Spinach, banana, pineapple, mango
  • Kale, banana, strawberry
  • Dandelion greens, mango, pineapple
  • Spinach, blueberries, strawberries

Additional notes for smoothies

Start with water, and blend greens. Once greens are thoroughly blended, begin adding fruit. Smoothies will have a better texture if some of the fruit is frozen. Bananas and avocados are both terrific for lending a creamy texture. Continue adding water until your desired texture is reached.

 

fruits

One of the most frequent questions that I am asked is “how do you get past the color?” I usually tell people that green is one of my favorite colors – so it really doesn’t bother me! If you’re having trouble persuading little ones to gulp down a green drink, you can either try giving it a cool name (Shrek smoothie anyone?) or make the smoothie purple by adding berries.

Enjoy experimenting with different fruits and veggies. Cheers to drinking GREEN!