Cherry Blueberry Smoothie

Cherry Blueberry SmoothieTwo of my favorite fruits are in season here in Michigan and I can’t get enough of them :)

Trips to the farmer’s market are extra rewarding this time of year. While walking home with bags full of fresh, local food, feelings of gratitude abound. Remember, fresh tastes best!

Cherries and blueberries tickle your taste buds and are known to benefit your health in the following ways.

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Citrus Smoothie Popsicles

Citrus Smoothie PopsiclesThere’s nothing quite like a cool popsicle on a hot summer day.

Ditch the store bought variety loaded with sugar and artificial food coloring and make your own healthy treats.

Pretty much any smoothie recipe is a candidate to make popsicles with. However, this recipe is particularly tasty, cooling, and not too far from the real thing.

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Why Salt belongs in all your Smoothies

Why Salt belongs in all your SmoothiesSalt may sound like a strange ingredient for a smoothie, a food that is usually sweet rather than savory. But, there are several good reasons to add a dash of salt to your next concoction, not least of which is flavor. Salt is a flavor-enhancer. A little bit makes any food taste better, even sweet foods.

The next reason is even better. If you choose the right salt you can add a nutritional boost to your smoothie. While typical, refined table salt is detrimental to your health, rock and sea salts can add important nutrients to your diet and actually improve your health.

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Berry Beet Citrus Smoothie

Berry Beet Citrus Smoothie

Berries, Beets, and Citrus, Oh My!

This delicious and supremely nutritious recipe is not my own creation, rather the brainchild of fellow smoothie master, Niko. She sent me this recipe a couple of months ago, but I held off on making it until I could procure beets locally. That happened last weekend at the farmer’s market and this beautiful smoothie is the result.

The nutritional powers of berries and citrus are relatively well known. Beets, not as much. Coincidentally, I just finished reading a fantastic book that I highly recommend, Eating On The Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health by Jo Robinson. The chapter on beets really opened my eyes and has convinced me to start consuming these nutritional powerhouses more often.

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How To Make Healthy Smoothies Your Kids Will Love

Kids Like Healthy SmoothiesEveryone likes smoothies, right? What’s not to love when you combine creamy yogurt, fresh or frozen fruit, natural sweeteners, plus delicious and nutritious superfoods? If you have kids you know that they can come up with any number of reasons not to like something.

Smoothies are a great way for you to get all of your most nutritionally-packed foods into one glass, but it can also work for your kids. If they have been eyeing your concoctions with suspicion, assure them that smoothies taste good and get them in on making some. With the right ingredients you can craft tasty and nutritious smoothies that your kids will happily drink. Here are some tips to get you started:

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Super Strawberry Kefir Smoothie

Super Strawberry Kefir SmoothieLove strawberries and kefir? Then you’ll love this smoothie.

The majority of my recipes call for between 4 and 6 ingredients, and some up to a whopping 15. This recipe is the simplest to date, with only 2 ingredients, both of which should come as no surprise :)

My girlfriend and I recently purchased 13 quarts of strawberries from a local Amish farm. Many were eaten on the drive home, others sliced and dehydrated, and the rest frozen for smoothies. Like most berries, strawberries are rich in a variety of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients and are not too high in sugar.

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