Unique Summer Smoothies


Image: An Organic Conversation

Image: An Organic Conversation

Maybe you have an abundant fruit tree in your yard or you’re looking to make the most of summer fruits when they’re at their peak flavor and best price. Maybe you just love smoothies. Whatever the reason, here are three unique recipes that feature the season’s finest.

Peach Mint Smoothie
2 cups sliced peaches
4 spearmint leaves
1/2 cup rice milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Pinch sea salt
Stevia or raw honey to sweeten

Coconut Melon Smoothie
2 cups diced melon, such as Galia or Honeydew
1/4 cup full-fat coconut milk
1 tablespoon lime juice
Pinch sea salt
Stevia or raw honey to sweeten

Cherry Beet Smoothie
1 cup pitted cherries
1/2 cup chilled cooked beets
1/2 cup apple juice
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
Stevia or raw honey to sweeten

To make:
Combine ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. For the best texture, freeze or partially freeze the fruit before blending. Add 2-3 large ice cubes when blending if fruit is not frozen in advance.

Variation for Chocolate Cherry Beet Smoothie:
Add 1 tablespoon of raw cacao for a Black Forest Cake-like version  of this oh-so-good-for-you smoothie. Helge’s favorite!

Each makes about 2 cups


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