Unless you just love salads and raw veggies, I’ve found that one of the easiest and tastiest ways to get your daily intake of fruits and veggies is in a delicious smoothie! My kids have come to look forward to these cold, refreshing drinks in the summertime and they’ve even began to suffice for popsicles and ice cream!
One of the things I love about these healthy snacks, is that they’re very versatile and I can use whatever fruits and veggies I have on hand.
I usually always have a leafy green, such as kale or spinach on hand. I like to add a large handful of these because they’re full of fiber and are also a great source of vitamins A, C, K, and minerals, like iron and magnesium. I also like to add avocado, for its added nutrition, creamy texture, and not to mention it’s a heart-healthy fat.
For the fruits, the sky really is the limit. I prefer to use frozen, if possible, to make it cold and thick without watering it down, like ice does. Bananas are truly my favorite fruit to use in smoothies and I use it as a base for its sweet and creamy texture. It also aids in digestion and is a great source of potassium and other helpful vitamins and minerals.
Besides bananas, I typically add blueberries or strawberries…tropical fruits are also a yummy choice! In this smoothie, I decided to use peaches.
I just love big, juicy peaches, don’t you? They remind me of warm summer days, sunshine, smiles…all happy things:) They’re also my son’s favorite fruit! Whenever I’m able to use them in a recipe, I know he’s bound to love it!
I blended it up with some fresh orange juice and coconut milk. I find citrus juice is the simple ingredient needed to counteract the bitterness of kale. Orange and pineapple juice are my favorite choices and add a bit of sweetness as well, but a squeeze of lemon will work too, if you’re looking to cut out sugar.
The extra sweetener and cinnamon are both optional and dependent upon your taste. I don’t add extra sweetener to my smoothies. I think they’re plenty sweet already, but it really depends on how sweet your fruit is. Cinnamon compliments the peach and coconut flavors nicely, but isn’t necessary. I would suggest tasting the blended smoothie first and then adding these optional ingredients, as needed.
Takes less than 5 minutes to whip up this delicious drink! It’s as simple as blending up all of the ingredients in your blender and serving. You have 5 minutes, right?! Okay, then let’s get blending!
- 1.5 cups chopped kale leaves
- 1 cup frozen peaches
- 1 large frozen banana, in chunks
- ½ ripe avocado
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 cup fresh orange or pineapple juice
- ½-1 cup coconut or almond milk, start with less and add more if needed
- dates, honey, or other sweetener, if needed
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, optional
- Blend all ingredients in your blender until smooth. Start of with ½ cup milk and add more only if needed for blending. Depending on the sweetness of you fruit, you may or may not need the extra sweetener. Add to taste. Makes enough for 1-2 servings.