Farmers Market Smoothie
By Veronica Shah at www.healthsomeness.com
If you want to combine many of the different ingredients that you buy at the farmers market into one recipe, a great way to do so is by making smoothies. They are easy to prepare, taste delicious and are packed with nutrition.
1/2 an avocado – avocados are a great source of healthy fats and dietary fiber, both of which your body needs in order to stay healthy. Adding an avocado to this smoothie will make it creamier and thicker.
1/2 a beet – the bright pink colour of this smoothie is thanks to the half beet that it contains. These vegetables are rich in magnesium, potassium, manganese and folate. Consuming beets has been shown to enhance exercise performance, making this smoothie ideal to have as a pre workout drink.
1 cup of spinach – it is recommended that you have 3 servings of vegetables a day, and a cup of spinach accounts for 1 serving. Smoothies make it easy for you to sneak leafy green vegetables in, without having to taste them.
1 cup of frozen mixed berries – berries are super sources of vitamin C, which our bodies need for lots of different functions. Berries are also rich in antioxidants, substances that minimize free radical damage. This smoothie uses blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and raspberries.
1 cup of carrot juice – you can use any lots of different liquids as the base for smoothies, including nut milks, vegetables juices or even plain old water. This smoothie uses carrot juice because it tastes wonderful with beets and spinach. If you need to buy one, you can read some carrot juicer reviews here.
1 tablespoon of chia seeds – and finally, nuts and seeds help to add some more flavour to smoothies. Chia seeds work the best in smoothies, but flax and sunflower seeds are great options too.
Add the carrot juice to a blender, followed by the other ingredients and blend for 20 seconds, until everything is well mixed.