Summer Smoothie: Citrus, Beet, and Blueberries

Happy weekend, friends!
The rooster crowed at 4:45 this morning.  
I can arise at such an hour due to running buddies.  And naps.  Oh how I love them both.

There were hills involved

Mama needed a refuel
Spinach was involved.  I adore summer and its bounteous produce.  A three-week stay in Arizona didn’t do much for my garden.  Perhaps a weed smoothie? Thankfully, others are gardening for me.

Beets!  Isn’t the color gorgeous?  I don’t actually like beets, but half of a small beet turns the green smoothie a beautiful ruby red blue hue – you can fool many a green smoothie doubter with a small beet.  A recent addition?  The stems, which are full of antioxidants; vitamins A, C, and some B; minerals; and even protein; calcium; fiber; and beta carotene.  

Do I peel the beet?  Only a little.  Skin on is okay.

Beets are known to be natural healers for their ability to purify the blood and the liver.  Who knew.

We are now insta-friends with the beet, aren’t we?

I must also add that too much beet can make your smoothie taste like the backyard – but only in large doses 🙂

Grapefruit and lime!  Leave the skin on the lime and you’ve got some ZEST to your smoothie.  I peel the grapefruit though – too much skin.

Banana, frozen or not

Chia Seeds:  Known to be a super food “revered by ancient Aztec warriors and modern-day athletes,” the chia seed is mineral rich and a good source of dietary fiber and omega 3 fatty acids.  They have no taste and can be sprinkled in everything!  Muffins, cereal, casseroles…

3 grams of protein per one tablespoon.  Available everywhere.

Flaxseed, another superfood that has healthy fat and 3 grams of protein per 2 tablespoons.

Summer days, morning sun…

Pretty seeds

The flax seeds have a nutty flavor.  I got Whole Ground Flaxseed Meal so it was easy to use and digest.

I’m in a serious relationship with peaches and nectarines.  Did I mention I love summer produce?  Heart pounding true love.

Fresh or frozen blueberries – in season right this very moment!  New Hampshire is bursting with blueberries.

At the last moment I added some frozen broccoli because you know, who doesn’t love frozen broccoli?  Besides, I was out of avocado.

Then away it whirled in the Vitamix.  I sold my father one in Arizona.  It was like Christmas.

Goodness in a glass

Made six glasses, enough for the whole family

Citrus, Beet, and Blueberry Smoothie:
1 Cup Water
1 Pear
1 Large handful Spinach
1/2 Small Beet w/ greens on, half peeled
1/4 Lime, skin on
1/4 Grapefruit, peeled
1 teaspoon Chia Seeds
1 teaspoon Flax Seeds, ground or not
1 Green Apple, skin on
1 Peach, skin on 
1 Cup Blueberries, frozen or fresh
1/2 Cup Broccoli, frozen or fresh
Ice

Makes a lot!  2 adults, 2 teens, and 2 children were mighty happy.

What I love about smoothies is you don’t have to follow a recipe.  Just dig around your fridge, stock your freezer, and put in what you’ve got.  I never follow recipes, just throw the yum-yum in and hope for the best.  It’s always the best.

And I’m feeling so groovy these days! 
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What are you eating or drinking for breakfast?  Do tell!

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