Smoothie Tips

•   Cut up your fruits/veggies the night before and stash them in containers so you don’t have to do prep work in the morning.

•   Even though they’re a little pricier, I recommend buying organic fruits and vegetables as often as you can. They’re better for you, better for the environment, better for the farmer who grew them… and easier to clean. Just give them a good rinse before you begin chopping and dicing. If you’re buying non-organic, give your produce a good wash with water and soap or a spritz of chemical-free produce wash. You can make your own with 2 cups cold tap water, ¼ cup distilled white vinegar, and 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Mix the ingredients and put them in a spray bottle. Then give your produce a couple of spritzes, let it sit for a minute, rinse it off with water, and you’re good to go. Please note: The ingredients I use in the recipes that follow are all organic, unless noted otherwise.

•   If your blender needs help blending, hit the “pulse” button a few times. Or some blenders/mixers come with a wand, which you can use to push everything down to the blades.

•   Add a scoop of bee pollen (found at your local health food store) to any smoothie for energy-boosting B vitamins and allergy-symptom relief.

•   Break a peeled banana into a few pieces, put the pieces in a plastic baggie, and throw it into the freezer. Use that for your smoothie the next morning to add creaminess, plus lots of chill without diluting the flavor.

•   Add 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon (based on personal taste preference) coconut oil to any smoothie to boost absorption of the other nutrients in your drink.

•   If things get sticky in your blender, scrape down the sides with a spatula and try blending again. •   Some of my recipes call for honey—the kind you get at the farmers’ market is the best. If you buy fresh and local, you can also help ease allergies!

•   All the smoothie recipes in this blog make two small servings or one big one. Indulge according to your preference.

•   Feel free to modify any recipes—either by making your own little tweaks or leaving things out that don’t sound tasty to you. Or just use whatever you have.

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