Blender Beverages for Spring!

Enjoy the flavors of the season with these quick, healthy blended recipes for spring!

The four seasons yield a cornucopia of flavorful produce. Do you wish you had the time to chop a big bowl of assorted fruits every morning? Got a minute? Let the blender do the work for you. With a trusty blender at your fingertips, you can enjoy a variety of delicious fresh fruits and vegetables through the seasons.

Smoothies and other blender beverages provide delicious nutrients to supercharge the mind and body in the morning. Downing an energy drink after an exhausting workout will help to replenish minerals and rejuvenate. There’s nothing like ending a stressful day with a luscious smoothie. Blender beverages pack nutritious ingredients in quantities that your family might not otherwise consume daily. Sip through each season’s sensational flavors and achieve a healthier, more vibrant you!

Blender Beverage Basics
Great-tasting beverages start with quality ingredients. Fresh or frozen produce works equally well when making delicious drinks.

It’s not necessary to peel apples, pears, peaches, plums or to skin tomatoes beforehand. However, you may consider removing them if the produce isn’t organic, to avoid ingesting pesticides.
Remove seeds and stems from produce before adding to the blender to reduce wear on the blades and to avoid adding a bitter taste to your drink concoction.

Never start a blender until the ingredients have been added and the lid is firmly in place.

Always start a blender on the lowest setting and increase speed slowly, especially when ice cubes or frozen ingredients are included.

Transform any beverage into a smoothie by adding ice cubes and substituting frozen fruit for fresh. To convert a smoothie recipe to a liquid beverage, use fresh produce or juice instead of frozen and omit ice or yogurt from the recipe.
Never leave a blender when it is in operation, for any reason.

Here are a few blender recipes perfect for spring:

Ruby Sunrise
Ingredients:
1/2 of a Ruby Red grapefruit,
peeled and deseeded
2 cups fresh strawberries, de-capped, 6 ice cubes (or use
frozen strawberries and omit the ice)
1 cup orange juice
1 cup spring water
1 frozen banana, peeled
Local honey, to taste

Directions:
Add all ingredients to a blender and mix until smooth.
Yield: 4 cups

Kiwi smoothie on cutting board.

Kiwi Key Lime Smoothie
Ingredients:
1/4 cup vanilla yogurt
1 kiwi, peeled
1 teaspoon Key lime juice
1/2 cup almond milk
1 tablespoon sliced almonds or
sunflower seeds
3 drops herbal stevia liquid
extract or 1 tbsp. raw honey
4 ice cubes

Directions:
Mix all ingredients in a blender until smooth and creamy.
Yield: 1 1/4 cups

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Deborah Tukua

Deborah Tukua is a natural living, healthy lifestyle writer and author of 7 non-fiction books, including Naturally Sweet Blender Treats. She has been a writer for the Farmers' Almanac since 2004.

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Jo Wolf

This is the smoothie I’ve been enjoying lately.
GREEN SMOOTHIE:
1 C Milk (Almond is great) 1 carton Vanilla Greek Yogurt, 1 C fresh Spinach, 1 frozen banana, 2 T peanut butter and 1-2 Tbs Chia Seeds (milled), honey to sweeten if needed.
Chia Seed is a healthy 4g of fiber filled Omega-3 ALA fatty acids boost for this.
Hope you enjoy it too.

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