Smoothies for your Health

The best investment in my health I made last year was to buy a good blender. I wanted to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into my diet and smoothies seemed like the tastiest option. Although many fruits and vegetables are at their peak in summer, we are fortunate in Arizona to have a steady supply of local greens and citrus throughout the winter. I learned the basic formula for making a good smoothie so now the possibilities are endless. For one large smoothie or two medium size ones, you need one cup of liquid, one to two cups of fresh fruits or vegetables, and two cups of frozen fruit. You place the ingredients in the blender in that order and blend until smooth. Here are a few recipes to get your started:

Chocolate Blueberry Smoothie 1/2 cup milk of your choice 1/2 cup pomegranate or grape juice, no added sugar 2 large handfuls of spinach or kale 1 banana 2 cups frozen blueberries 3 tablespoons pure cocoa powder

Green SmoothieTropical Green Smoothie 1 cup unsweetened coconut water 2 large handfuls of spinach or kale 1 banana 1/2 orange, peel and seeds removed 2 cups frozen mango

Cherry Almond SmoothieCherry Almond Smoothie 1 cup unsweetened coconut water 1 banana 1/3 cup oatmeal 1/3 cup unsweetened Greek yogurt 1/4 cup almond butter 2 cups frozen cherries

Superfood SmoothieSuperfood Smoothie 1 cup pomegranate juice, no added sugar 2 large handfuls spinach or kale 1/2 ripe avocado 1 banana 1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional) 2 cups frozen blueberries

Spinach Coconut Smoothie Spinach Grape Coconut Smoothie 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut water 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk 1 apple, without core 2 kiwis, skin removed 2 large handfuls spinach 2 cups frozen grapes