Springtime is here – along with the delicious in-season produce we’ve been dreaming of all winter.
Smoothies are a delicious way to stay hydrated and get in your daily dose of fruits. Try cutting and freezing fresh fruit in small portions, so you can easily pull it out and whip up a quick smoothie on mornings when you’re extra tired. You can even blend your smoothie the night before.
Lacking some pep in your step? Try a protein powder, like a gluten-free, pea-based blend. Smoothies are also a great vehicle for supplements like hemp seeds, chlorella, or bee pollen. You can also mix them up with non-dairy alternatives, like flax milk or oat milk.
Try these easy blends next time you're craving a fruity treat:
Strawberry Rhubarb Smoothie
2 cups frozen or fresh rhubarb
2 cups frozen or fresh strawberries
2 cups almond milk
2 tsp. honey
Blend all ingredients. Pour into three glasses. Serve cold.
2 cups fresh or frozen pineapple
2 cups peeled and seeded orange
1 cup coconut water
Blend all ingredients. Pour into three glasses. Enjoy.
2 cups fresh or frozen mango
1 cup chopped collard greens
1 cup chopped kale
1 cup apple juice
handful of fresh, chopped basil
Blend all ingredients. Pour into three glasses. Serve Chilled.
Amie Valpone is a celebrity chef based in New York City and editor-in-chief of TheHealthyApple.com. Specializing in simple, gluten-free recipes, Amie has been featured in numerous magazines and on well-known websites, as well as TV. Visit Amie on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.