Many things come to mind when we think of smoothies. Some people think of a breakfast drink, others think of dessert. Some think of a creamy yogurt/milk drink, others think of blended frozen fruits. A smoothie is all these things and the perfect drink to mix up lots of different fruits, vegetables, herbs, nuts, seeds and even different types of milk or yogurt. (For example sheep milk yogurt, or flax milk.)
Anatomy of a smoothie
What do you need for a smoothie to be a success?
* a blender
* a liquid base- yogurt, juice, water, milk (cow, goat, sheep, nut, seed, rice)
* fruits and vegetables (if desired) – apple, carrot, cooked pumpkin, pears, peaches, berries, pineapple, oranges, cherries, cooked sweet potato, plums, cooked beets, whatever you can find that sounds good there are thousands of options.
* something green (if desired)- broccoli, spinach, kale, asian greens, cilantro, parsley, peas, watercress, mint, mixed baby greens, nettle, anything green that fits in the category of edible.
* nuts or seeds (if desired)- almonds, cashews, pecans, peanuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, brazil nuts, coconut, nut butters, chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp seed, toasted oats, sesame seeds, etc.
* something frozen (if desired)- any of the fruits or vegetables above as long as they are in small enough pieces for your blender to handle.
* other- cinnamon, chocolate powder, cacao nibs, nutmeg, ginger, etc.
In short, you can put anything in a smoothie according to your tastes and preferences. (But, probably not meat. I’ve never heard of a meat smoothie, and it doesn’t sound very good.) I’ve seen recipes for chocolate banana almond smoothies, and for strawberry mango spinach smoothies. When we make a smoothie we usually add pineapple with juice, coconut milk and chia seeds as our base and then add an assortment of other fruits and vegetables, depending on what we have in the garden or freezer. A few favorite unexpected ingredients are autumn olives, cilantro, parsley and frozen broccoli.
This year we are trying to choose some new ingredients for our smoothies. Following are a few of our new smoothies and their ingredients. If you like it a little sweeter, try adding a little honey or maple syrup.
Granny smith apple, pineapple, kiwi, chia, watercress and coconut milk
Green anjou pear, pomegranate, coconut milk, wild raspberry, wild blueberry, florence fennel
Orange spice smoothie
Pineapple, orange juice, canned pumpkin, brown and golden flax seed, ginger
Almond milk, peanut butter, pecans, vanilla, sesame seeds, california mission figs, roasted cocoa nibs
Smoothies are a fun way to add diversity to your diet that everyone is likely to enjoy. We hope you will use the ever popular smoothie to increase the diversity in your diet this year too. If you have a favorite smoothie recipe, or something new you tried in smoothie form, let us know in the comments below.