Hey there, fellow smoothie enthusiasts! With the sun high in the sky and our gardens bursting with vibrant greens, it's time to embrace the summer spirit and dive into the world of garden fresh veggie smoothies.
Who says smoothies are all about fruits?
In this blog, I'M going to take a delightful detour and explore the magic of three common vegetables that will turn your sips into a summer sensation!
So, dust off that blender, grab your gardening gloves, and let's embark on a veggie-filled adventure.
- The Mighty Spinach Surprise
If you thought spinach was only meant for salads and Popeye, think again! Spinach brings an earthy yet surprisingly sweet twist to your smoothies. It's packed with essential vitamins and minerals, making it the perfect green powerhouse for your summer beverage.
Recipe: "Tropical Green Delight"
- 1 cup fresh spinach leaves
- 1 ripe banana
- 1/2 cup diced pineapple
- 1/2 cup diced mango
- 1/2 cup coconut water
- A handful of ice cubes
Instructions: Blend the spinach, banana, pineapple, mango, and coconut water until smooth. Add ice cubes and blend again until you achieve the desired consistency. Pour your vibrant green concoction into a fancy glass and enjoy the tropical flavoUrs!
- The Radiant Beet Elixir
Beets may seem intimidating with their intense colour and earthy taste, but they are a wonderful addition to your summer smoothies. They boast natural sweetness and are rich in antioxidants, helping you stay refreshed and energised throughout those hot summer days.
Recipe: "Berrylicious Beet Blitz"
- 1 medium-sized beetroot (cooked and diced)
- 1 cup mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- A dash of lemon juice
Instructions: Toss the diced beetroot, mixed berries, Greek yogurt, honey, and almond milk into the blender. Squeeze in a hint of lemon juice to brighten the flavours. Blend until you achieve a velvety texture. Pour your berrylicious beet blitz into a mason jar, add a fancy straw, and revel in the vibrant colours and tantalising taste!
- The Playful Carrot Tango
Carrots, with their sunny disposition and natural sweetness, are a delightful surprise in summer smoothies. Packed with beta-carotene and Vitamin A, these orange wonders are perfect for maintaining healthy, glowing skin during the sunny season.
Recipe: "Sunshine Carrot Tango"
- 2 large carrots (peeled and chopped)
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 orange (peeled and segmented)
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- A drizzle of maple syrup
Instructions: Combine the chopped carrots, banana, orange segments, plain yogurt, chia seeds, and a drizzle of maple syrup in the blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. Take a moment to savour the citrusy aroma as you pour your Sunshine Carrot Tango into a cheery glass. Add a sprig of mint for an extra pop of freshness and enjoy the tangy sweetness!
Congratulations, you've officially become a master of garden fresh veggie smoothies! With spinach, beets, and carrots as your trusty summer companions, you've unlocked a world of delightful flavours, vibrant colours, and healthy nutrients. So, take a break from the usual fruit smoothies and let your garden's bountiful produce shine in your refreshing concoctions.
Remember, smoothie making is an art, and experimentation is the key to uncovering new taste sensations. Embrace your inner smoothie artist, try different combinations, and let your taste buds dance to the rhythm of the summer breeze!
Happy blending and sipping, my fellow gardeners and smoothie enthusiasts! Cheers to a sun-kissed summer filled with health, happiness, and endless veggie delights!
Phil - Founder of The All Gardening and The All Gardening Cafe
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