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…
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 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
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!