Smoothies are everywhere: at the mall, at fast-food restaurants, in coffee shops. But for the most part, those smoothies might be better termed fruit milkshakes. Stuffed with sugar, frozen yogurt, even ice cream, those smoothies do more harm than good. But made properly, smoothies condense large amounts of fruits and vegetables into one compact and very tasty drink.
Just two go-to smoothie recipes won't do, though. Plants are most nutrient-dense at peak season (here are some tips on how to keep a seasonal diet). So when putting together a smoothie, try to use the freshest organic ingredients from the garden or farmers’ market. When something is in season, it packs the healthiest punch.
+ Add smoothie recipe ingredients like milk, yogurt, water, or juice first to get the blender moving. Then, add lighter, drier ingredients, like leafy greens, followed by heavy ingredients like ice and fruit pieces.
¼ cup carrot juice
½ cup orange juice
1 cup spinach
1 cup roughly chopped kale, ribs removed
4 small broccoli florets, sliced and frozen
1 banana, peeled, sliced, and frozen
1 apple, cored and roughly chopped
Combine ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
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