Contributed by Kathy Hester
Many of us started off the new year with goals to better our health. Eating seasonal fruit and produce is an important part of being healthy. A quick and easy way to add extra nutrition is to make smoothies with them. You will be surprised at how you feel after drinking one each day.
You can use any combination of fruit that you have on hand. You can use any kind of milk including soy or almond milk. Use about 2 cups liquid and 1 cup fruit for a thin smoothie per person. To make it thicker add yogurt, frozen fruit or ice.
Now you’re ready to add some green to your smoothie. Some greens are bitter, so start first by adding milder greens like lettuce, green cabbage, or spinach. As you get used to it you can go from a handful of spinach to 2 handfuls of bitter greens. Some people are reluctant to try a green drink, but after they taste it they will want more. You can change it to a chocolate color by adding red berries.
For a cooling dessert, use 2 cups fruit and 1 cup liquid. You will need a blender with a strong motor if you want to make your frozen dessert in one step. If your blender is not strong enough, use fresh fruit but no ice, and then add the mixture to an ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
This is a great everyday dessert that is good for you too. The green sorbet looks especially great in Nortiake Java Blue all purpose bowls.
A few combinations to try:
- mango, pineapple, paypaya, passion fruit with cabbage
- blueberry, mango, and a few leaves of kale (remove stem)
- banana, blueberry, and 1 collard leaf (remove stem)
- orange juice (instead of milk), blueberry, pineapple and spinach
- leftover chai (instead of plain milk), banana, and cabbage
Once you start experimenting with flavors it will be hard to stop. You will not want to give up the extra energy they add to your life, as well.