Favorite Spring Super-Smoothie
Strawberries are in season! I just received a quart of organic strawberries in my bi-weekly produce box from local provider Green Buffalo. According to a flyer that came with my strawberries, more than half of 7-9-year-old kiddos say this is their favorite fruit. Good choice! A cup of these berries has plenty of antioxidants like Vitamin C, fiber, and only 55 calories. And since they taste fabulous, I decided to come up with a smoothie recipe featuring strawberries.
All of my smoothie these days are “Nutri-Blast” smoothies, which means you can really only properly make them using a Nutri-Bullet. I’ve had lots of cheaper blenders, and ended up with unpleasant chunks in my smoothies. These handy machines really do a good job of pulverizing everything I put in, which makes it possible to sort of hide good stuff like super-foods in the blend. (A Vita-Mix works too; but I do not have one.)
Each of these Nutri-Blast recipes starts out pretty much the same: fill the cup 1/2 full with green leafy stuff. In this recipe, I use Swiss Chard, because it is huge & beautiful right now! Be sure to rotate your greens every few days, as each kind contains different nutrients, & also different anti-nutrients. (To learn more about this, click here to see a 9 minute clip from the Renegade Health Show.)
I nearly always shred up a bit of root veggie to put into a smoothie, usually beet, carrot, or in this case, yam.
Now comes the fruit. No need to trim the green tops of the berries. I did trim off a couple of mushy brown bits though.
The next step is to add the liquid. I found some lovely peach Kombucha I made a month or so ago in my fridge. I don’t like a really strong taste of kombucha in the smoothie, so I added about 1/2 cup.
Next, it was time to add one of my favorite products: So Delicious coconut creamer. I put in about 1/4 cup. I also added a bit of water, to bring the level of the liquid up to about 2/3 of the level of the produce.
The last thing to go in was a little handful of goodness consisting of flax seeds & pistachios. Cashew butter is great in this recipe too; but I ran out yesterday. You could also add maca at this stage (which I also did yesterday.)
Blend & drink. Happy Spring!