7 Local Products, 3 Kick-Ass Smoothies

 

Hey, Vancouver! Today is full of local inspiration–5 in-season fruits and veggies plus 2 local food products equals 3 variations of yummy smoothie recipes.

See, I can do math! Except 5+2=3 is probably alarming our more educated visitors.

Aaaanyway…let’s get started:

 

Strawberries. Ok, they’re not genuinely in season until June, but strawberries have been exploding in numbers at local grocers for the past two weeks, so I’m including them. Freeze them in clean zip-lock bags for easy access, and a foundation for an incredible summer smoothie.

 

Rhubarb. The first rhubarb sighting of the year always gets me excited for summer. Most people think of baking when they think of eating these bright red stalks, but I love to blend rhubarb in smoothies. It adds a tartness that I personally think is delicious.

 

Spinach. This leafy green is in-season, and ready to rock your next smoothie. There is almost zero taste to spinach in a smoothie (when mixed with other ingredients, such as blueberries), and adds a boatload of iron to your fave cold drink. Since most of North America is deemed iron-deficient (a condition called anemia), spinach is an important addition to your diet.

 

Kale. I know—you’re probably getting tired of this green. But kale has so many health benefits, it’s hard to just ignore it! Plus, it’s in-season, and easy to grow on your own.

 

Mint. Mint is such a fun ingredient to add to smoothies, and because I’m a pretty hardcore mint-lover, I use plenty of it. Again, in-season and easy to grow, the several varieties of this herb are no-brainers for when you want to add a kick to your smoothie. Also, they’re fabulous for aiding digestion.

 

Enough with the produce—want a booster? Check these two local food companies out: their products make fantastic additions to any smoothie:

 

Vega. A high-quality hemp protein supplement developed by Brendan Brazier, Vancouverite and former ironman triathlete, this product is available almost anywhere, and in a variety of flavours. It’s packaged and produced in our very own Burnaby, BC.

 

Nutracleanse. This high-fibre supplement is created in Mission, BC, about 75 km outside of Vancouver. I can personally attest to the quality of this product, and the benefits one can receive by adding 1/3 cup to their morning smoothie. It’s an easy, cleansing addition that is guaranteed to greatly increase one’s digestive health. (It’s sold at Save-On Foods, and you can visit the website for more info.)

 

Fruit Smoothies

 

Recipes:

Strawberry-Rhubarb Smoothie

Ingredients:

8 frozen strawberries

½ rhubarb stalk, chopped

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

Method:

Combine ingredients together in blender, and blend on high until smooth.

 

Superfood Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 cup chopped spinach

2 kale leaves

10 frozen strawberries

1 cup water

Method:

Combine ingredients together in blender, and blend on high until smooth. Add a little extra water, if too thick.

 

Coco-Mint Smoothie

Ingredients:

6-8 frozen strawberries

1 banana

Handful mint leaves

1 cup coconut milk

Method:

Combine ingredients together in blender, and blend on high until smooth.