Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Beet, mango, carrot and strawberry smoothie

Mango and strawberry flavours predominate in this beautiful and delicious beet smoothie. It contains four of your day's portions of fresh fruits and vegetables and all the wholesome goodness of raw beets.

Beet, mango, carrot and strawberry smoothie

                                                    Yield: 1 smoothie
Ingredients:

1 beet, approximately 5 c. (2 in.) in diameter, washed, peeled, chopped
4 large fresh strawberries, washed, halved, greens removed
1 carrot, washed, chopped
1 ripe mango, peeled, sliced
¼ cup carrot juice

Chopped beet, mango, strawberries and carrot

Preparation:

1. Wash the fruit and vegetables. 

2. Peel the beet. Chop it into chunks. Place into a blender with carrot juice. Pulse on 'High'.

2. Add chopped carrot to blender and pulse until pureed.

3. Add strawberries and mango. Blend to a fine pureed. 

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Swiss chard and mustard greens smoothie


You'll find this chard smoothie has a predominant pepper flavour. It provides a light, cooling break from your yard work. It's just in time to bring relief from the mid-afternoon temperatures that have begun to feel spring-like. 


Swiss chard and mustard greens smoothie

                                               Yield: 1 smoothie

Ingredients:
2 white Swiss chard leaves, stalks removed
2 - 3 large mustard green leaves, stalks removed
1 - 2 handfuls seedless green grapes, stems removed
1 - 2 stalks clery
¼ cup cold water
Garnish: 3 green grapes

Swiss chard, mustard greens, celery, and seedless green grapes

Preparation:
1. Clean the fruits and vegetables.

2.  Place 1 - 2 handfuls of seedless green grapes and ¼ cup water into the blender. Puree.

3. Slice the leaves of chard and mustard greens into 1 cm. (½ in.) slices.  Add to the blender contents. Puree.

4. Cut the celery stick(s) into 2.5 cm. (1 in.) chunks. Add to the blender. Puree.

5. Pour into a glass. Garnish with seedless grapes.*

* In summer, wash and freeze grapes before blending them. This smoothie becomes very cooling and slurpy-ish.