How is it possible that we are nearing the end of July? Lucky for us here in the gorge, mid-summer means that our orchards and farms are bursting with fruit and vegetables, ready for you to pick or for your favorite restaurant to turn into an amazing dish. I can't get enough of the beautiful photos I'm seeing of peaches, tomatoes, and cherries.
From Farm to Blender: Unleashing the Magic of Local Fruit in Fantastic Smoothie Creations
Story and photos by Sarah Harper
Treat your taste buds to a burst of vibrant flavors while supporting local farmers by incorporating in-season, locally-grown fruit into your smoothie recipes.
Smoothies can be a nutritious and delicious addition to a balanced diet. They can be nutrient-rich, full of fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals, and smoothies offer hydration.
Smoothies are also a delightful way to introduce nutritious foods to kids. In addition, smoothies can be utilized as an effective tool for managing weight in adults, or as a protein supplement to support nutrition and fitness goals.
Crafting a smoothie is more than simply tossing ingredients into a blender. If you are seeking advice on creating delicious and nutritious smoothies this article is for you.
Let us explore my blueprint for making smoothies and master the art of crafting the perfect blend.
the ingredients for making a fantastic smoothie
My Smoothie Blueprint has four main categories: Liquid, Fruits/Veggies, Flavor, and Other.
the steps to making a fantastic smoothie
Making a fantastic smoothie does not need to be complicated. Below are my simplified steps for crafting smoothies.
smoothie making tips
Below are several tips I find helpful when creating fantastic smoothies.
smoothie FAQs (ask a dietitian!)
Here are a few frequently asked questions, answered by me! A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.
Are there specific local fruits that work well in smoothie recipes?
Yes! Local fruits are a fantastic choice for crafting delicious smoothies. Here are some that you can find at your local farmer's market.
No, smoothies do not need to be made with yogurt or milk. Most of the smoothies I make are 100% plant-based. I use non-dairy milk, particularly soy milk, thanks to its notable protein content. While some people use yogurt to thicken their smoothies, I prefer to incorporate other ingredients such as nut butter, frozen ripe bananas, and even silken tofu.
What do you sweeten smoothies with?
When it comes to sweetening smoothies, there are numerous alternatives to table sugar. Here are five of my favorite natural sweeteners:
Now that you have explored my smoothie-making blueprint, you are now prepared to unleash your creativity in the kitchen. However, to further inspire your smoothie-making adventures, here are some tried and true smoothie and smoothie bowl recipes that are sure to delight your taste buds.
Almond Joy Smoothie
Berry Bliss Smoothie
Strawberry Smoothie Bowl
Interest in making smoothie bowls? Here is my article all about Smoothie Bowl Toppings.
Sarah Harper is a Registered Dietitian, creator, and one of many eaters behind The Addy Bean. She is also an avid hiker, a registered yoga instructor, and a former nursing home dietitian.
Based in Hood River, Oregon, Sarah lives with her husband Jacob, her dog Huey and her blog’s namesake – her cat Adeline.
It is a somber week here in the gorge as we watch the fire burn in Underwood and hope for the best for all of the families and businesses who are affected. Let's make sure to give lots of love and support to the restaurants and wineries in Underwood once they are able to reopen. In the meantime we have a relatively short list of tidbits this week. Stay cool and stay safe!