Smoothie Saturday makes a comeback! —Tropical Vacation

Tropical Vacation Smoothie

Flesh of one large mango

One kiwi

One orange

1/2 C frozen banana

Plus juice from 1–2 oranges

Maca Powder

A generous handful of greens


Smoothie Saturday Returns! With a shyummy little chai chai smoothie.

Banana Chai Smoothie

1 C frozen banana
1 fistful of kale or other greens
1/2 C (or more, as needed) of full-fat coconut milk
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t cardamom
1/2 t ginger
Small pinch each of black pepper and unrefined salt
1 t pure vanilla extract
1/8 t finely ground fennel seed (optional)
1/4 t molasses (optional)

It’s-still-technically-Saturday Smoothie: Apple Pie

Apple Pie

1/2 C cooked pumpkin or sweet potato
2 apples—I like to do one sweet, one tart—cored and, if your blender sucks as much as mine does, peeled
Sprinkles each of nutmeg, ginger, cloves
Two or three sprinkles cinnamon
Small handful very young dandelion leaves
1/2 teaspoon each fresh lemon juice, vanilla
Enough water to blend—this one I like to drink at room temp, but if you like your smoothies cold, add a little ice.

Smoothie Saturday! Watermelon Mint

If you haven’t noticed—and I hope you have!—I try to create smoothies with in-season produce, with the painfully obvious exception of bananas… which, as far as I know, have never-ever been “in season” in the US midwest. But there’s something delightful about using things that are in season. Actually, several somethings that are delightful about it:

In-season produce tastes so much better.

It’s also cheaper.

It’s also environmentally conscientious.

And it leads us to think of new ways to combine foods: ways that may have once been standard, but are now lost to our grocery-store and this-was-my-mother’s-recipe habits. Not all such habits are bad, but it is certainly fun to explore new flavor combinations and appreciate the different seasons in more than just our wardrobes.

This one may not be unique to some of you, but it’s delectable all the same.

Watermelon Mint Slushy
2–3 cups fresh watermelon, de-seeded (sorry to state the obvious, but ya never know)
Small handful fresh mint leaves
Small handful fresh spinach leaves
Tiny squeeze of fresh lemon juice

Smoothie Saturday: Peaches!


2-3 large, fresh peaches, or 5-6 small (by “small” I mean right-off-the-farm tiny)
1/4 frozen banana (for creaminess, if you use too much, you won’t taste the peaches) and enough water to blend
Enough almond milk to blend (and no banana; coconut milk or water will work, but then you’ll taste coconut and the whole point of this smoothie—yes, I said the WHOLE point—is to celebrate end-of-summer peaches!)
A hand-full of spinach

You can add other things in based on your tradition, but the flavor of peaches is very easily overpowered so… only do it if you don’t want to taste peaches… in which case, I think you are weird but I won’t hold it against you.