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Spring Smoothie

Spring Smoothie

Using the list of fresh fruits and veggies coming into season this Spring, why not pull them together into a delicious Spring Smoothie. Smoothies are a great way to quickly and easily increase your fresh produce intake. They can be enjoyed as a snack or for breakfast or lunch. They are also the perfect receptacle for adding in super-foods, supplements, or other nutrient dense boosters.

Smoothie Breakdown

Let’s first take a look at my basic template for pulling together a smoothie. Once you have the template then you can mix and match your favorite ingredients to find your perfect blend. Here’s how I like to build my smoothies.

  • 2 cups seasonal greens
  • 2 cups seasonal fruit
  • 2 cups liquid
  • 1-2 tsp spices

If you are using your smoothie as a meal replacement, then I also like to add in protein and healthy fat. This creates a perfectly balanced meal option.

  • 2 Tbsp (1-2 ounces) protein
  • 2 Tbsp healthy fat

The other thing I try to do with my smoothies is include an ingredient from every color of the rainbow. This ensures I get the most variety of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. Here are some ideas of ingredients you can play with.

  • Red: raspberries, strawberries, beets, cherries, pomegranates, red apple
  • Orange: orange, mango, nectarine, peach, carrot, cantaloupe
  • Yellow: lemon, banana, pineapple
  • Green: spinach, kale, chard, parsley, cilantro, green apple, celery, mint
  • Blue/Purple: blueberries, blackberries, plums, figs, dates

Here are a few more ideas for ingredients you can experiment with.

  • Spices (fresh or dried): ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, cayenne
  • Proteins: nuts or nut butter, silken tofu, protein powder
  • Fats: coconut oil, avocado, ground flax seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds

Spring Smoothie

Preparation Time: 5-10 minutes

Serves: 2 to 4 (depending on how much you want to share)

Step 1: Combine the following ingredients in a high powered blender

  • 2 cups spinach (optional: mix in dandelion greens and/or baby kale)
  • ½ cup strawberries
  • ½ cup pineapple
  • 1 blood orange (or regular orange)
  • 1-2 dates
  • 1 inch each, fresh ginger and turmeric; peeled (or use ½ tsp dried)
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • Optional Add-Ins: 2 Tbsp almond butter + 2 Tbsp chia seeds

Note: choose at least one frozen fruit to make the smoothie cold and creamier

Step 2: Blend for 1-2 minutes; until thoroughly combined and creamy

Step 3: Enjoy! Share with others or store half of the smoothie in a mason jar for either later in the day or the next morning. Make sure you shake it up well before drinking.

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