Simply Fresh Smoothies

By Mackenzie Burgess

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It’s summertime and that means it’s the perfect time to blend up a delicious,
fresh smoothie! Even if you’re a leafy green hater, this recipe might just
make you love them! This basic smoothie template is one that I’ve used at
several cooking demonstrations and have surprising turned green smoothie
skeptics into believers. The mix between the naturally sweet fruit and
nutrient-packed greens makes for the perfect, energy-boosting smoothie
combo.
This recipe template is great because it can be super flexible. You can
choose various milk options or sweetener options to cater to different
dietary preferences. If you find that the smoothie is sweet enough with just
the fruit, you can take out the sweetener all together. For the additional
add-in options, I typically like to throw in some chia seeds and flax meal for
some added fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, but the options are endless. Find
that you don’t like the more bitter leafy greens like kale? Swap it out for
greens with a milder flavor like spinach or collard greens. Want a thicker
smoothie? Add a spoonful of greek yogurt to it. Just ran out of apple juice?
Use another kind of fruit juice or use a whole apple instead.
This is a perfect recipe for meal prep too. Prepare the fruits and leafy greens,
throw them into a zip lock bag, and store it in the freezer. When you are
ready to make the smoothie, add all of the other ingredients. Omit the ice
here since the frozen fruit and greens will act as the ice.
To achieve the beautiful layering displayed in the pictures, blend the fruit,
banana, ice, and half of the liquid and pour it into the bottom of your glass.
Then, blend the leafy greens, sweetener, add-ins, ice, and the other half of
the liquid and pour it over the fruit layer. With a straw, gently stir the
smoothie along the sides of the glass to create the fruity green swirl effect
that is sure to impress.
From the basic smoothie template, I have developed three of my favorite
flavor variations–Strawberry Kale, Peach Spinach, and Blueberry Swiss
Chard. I tend to make the Strawberry Kale Smoothie more at the beginning
of the summer, the Blueberry Swiss Chard Smoothie towards July, and the
Peach Spinach Smoothie more towards the end of the summer– based on
when the fruit and leafy greens are in season. Feel free to get creative and
make your own smoothie combination from the flexible template.
So it’s time to get out in the sunshine (soak up that Vitamin D!), shop the
local farmers' market and grab some leafy greens and fruit because these
are three super refreshing smoothie recipes you'll have to try. Enjoy!

Simply Fresh Smoothie Template Recipe

| Total Time: 10 minutes | Serves: 1 smoothie |

Ingredients:
1 cup fruit
1/2 banana
1 cup leafy greens
1/2 cup liquid
1 tablespoon sweetener, optional
1 to 3 tablespoons additional add-ins (chia seeds, flax meal, wheat germ, peanut butter, greek yogurt, protein powder etc)
1/2 cup ice

Directions:
Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
Pour into a glass and enjoy!

Strawberry Kale Simply Fresh Smoothie

Strawberry Kale Simply Fresh Smoothie 

| Total Time: 10 minutes | Serves: 1 smoothie 

Ingredients:
1/2 cup strawberries
1/2 cup pineapple
1/2 banana
1 cup kale
1/2 cup milk or apple juice
1 tablespoon honey, optional
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1/2 cup ice

Directions:
Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
Pour into a glass and enjoy!
 

Peach Spinach Simply Fresh Smoothie

Peach Spinach Simply Fresh Smoothie 

| Total Time: 10 minutes | Serves: 1 smoothie 

Ingredients:
1 cup peaches
1/2 banana
1 cup spinach
1/2 cup milk
1 tablespoon maple syrup, optional
1 tablespoon greek yogurt
1/2 cup ice

Directions:
Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
Pour into a glass and enjoy!
 

Blueberry Swiss Chard Simply Fresh Smoothie

Blueberry Swiss Chard Simply Fresh Smoothie 

| Total Time: 10 minutes | Serves: 1 smoothie 

Ingredients:
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup pineapple
1/2 banana, optional but recommended
1 cup swiss chard
1/2 cup milk
1 tablespoon honey, optional
1 tablespoon flax meal
1/2 cup ice

Directions:
Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
Pour into a glass and enjoy!
 

Keilen Shigematsu