Kitchen Sink Smoothies; Delicious and Healthy, yes healthy!

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Recently inspired by a friend to work on our healthy diet and in particular drinking green smoothies. I also have the motive of getting my granddaughter to eat her veggies and fruits. I kicked it up a notch  and am now making daily vegetable/fruit smoothies that are out of this world delicious. If interested in going down this path, highly recommend investing in a powerful blender, that is, if you don’t already have one. I’m embarrassed to say that I have a Vita Mix which has been on my shelf for at least 20 years and is now finally being used!

Kitchen Sink Smoothies are just as they sound. Open up that refrigerator and pull out all or any fruits/veggies and the common denominator, which is OJ (orange juice). I like to put in items that are great sources of vitamins and fiber, including those lovely dark green vegetables we don’t always eat as we should. Depending on the time of year and your supplier sources (farmers markets for local produce etc.), concentrate on availability of seasonal products at a good price.

There are a few items, which I call the packaging, that I pick up at the store/restaurant supply outlet (cups/lids, fun colored jumbo straws). These items are mental pluses in that they trick you into believing you just spent $5/drink, when in fact you saved by making your own. I also like to use sugar-free berry syrups (restaurant supply/stores) for  my blender of flavors.

The finished product is whatever your imagination comes up with from your trip to the refrigerator. I typically choose items such as: celery (1 med stalk), pineapple (canned or fresh-1/3 cup with juice), 1 cup fresh spinach, 1/2 cups green grapes, 1 small to med banana, 5-6 large strawberries, 1/4 cup blue or huckle-berries, 5 finger sized carrots, 1 Tbl. fresh pickled ginger, 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, 1 Tbl. macha powder, 3 Tbl sugar free berry syrup (any flavor), 1 1/2 cup orange juice (MANDATORY ingredient), 1 cup Ice cubes. Be creative and use what you have. A typical blender (3/4 to 7/8 full) makes about three 12-ounce smoothies.

Place all items in blender. I also make these with my young granddaughter, allowing her to select the ingredients from a plate and counting or naming items as we put them in (to practice our math as well as to make her realize that the combination of fruits/veggies can taste great as well as help our bodies to be healthy.) Merely put on the blender lid and slowly start blending and once things are mixing, then put on high for approx 2-3 minutes; enough time for you to get cups etc ready. Wella–delicious and what a better or easier way to take in your daily vegetables/fruits, for everyone!

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