Juicing & Blending


Instead of a juice I decided to switch it up and post a smoothie. It's a quick and simple recipe:

• 2 bananas (not frozen*)
• 2 cups frozen peaches*
• 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk*
• 1 date (as a natural sweetener)

I don't have one of the fancy Vitamix blenders so I place everything in the blender starting with softest ingredients first. Start the Vitamix on low and after about 10 seconds I switched it to high.

* I usually use frozen bananas. Which would have called for more almond milk.

*The frozen peaches used contained 9g of sugar per serving.

*The brand used was Califia Farms.
Anyone who juices knows the word of realizing you have produce that's on the verge of being tossed yet is still viable. So here's a tasty creation I recently came up with:

* 2 handfuls of spinach
* 1 1/2 handfuls of chopped pineapple
* 1 Bartlett pear
* 1 kiwi
* trimmings of wheat grass
** filtered water to thin it a consistency you enjoy and to cut the sweetness.

My daughter and I enjoyed this last minute creation. Nothing hurts more than throwing away produce that you either forgot you had or just not having the time to make juice. You never know what combinations you could end up creating. Until the next juice...drink up!

The seasonal cranberry makes great juices. This juice contained about a half a cup of cranberries, half a lemon (hand juiced), one orange (I used a navel orange), and three apples (Gala, Fuji, or Pink Lady apples all work well with this recipe.) I did not mix and match...I used all of the same type of Apple each time I've created this. You may also use 1/4 thumb of ginger (or less) for an extra kick. But that's totally optional. This recipe yields enough for at least two people to share. The lemon gives it a lemonade spin. Let me know if you try to recreate this recipe and if you enjoyed it as much as we did.

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