Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Spring Smoothie, More Than Delicious!

This week your share includes micro greens, kale, asian greens, dried apples,  rosemary, and apple mint. Apple mint is slightly sweeter than other types of mint and smells as delicious! It has a little more mild flavor, and can be used in a variety of recipes. Fruit salads, beverages, and our delicious Spring Smoothie are just a few ideas to get you thinking!

Spring Smoothie
Add all ingredients to a high powered blender, or for a regular blender, add in batches, mix and then add more. It may not sound good, but don't knock it until you've tried it! We think you will be pleasantly surprised.  It may take a few sips to grow accustomed to the super-fresh taste, but by the end you will be wanting more!

3 c. kale
2 c. spinach
1 granny smith apple, cut into wedges
1/4 lemon slice
a sprig or two of apple mint
2/3 c. water
ice, if desired

This smoothie is so much more than simply delicious! It packs a real nutritional punch.  The greens and the apple will give you a fiber boost.  Fiber is essential for so many reasons. It helps everything balance from bowel issues to cholesterol! It also is helps reduce the risk of many types of cancer. Eating fiber can also help you feel full and allow you to cut down on more calorie rich foods.

You may be surprised to know that the kale will also give you a good start on meeting your calcium needs for the day. When you blend the greens into liquid you also release the chlorophyll from the leaves. Chlorophyll is helpful in cleansing the body and in giving an energy boost! All of the ingredients contain phyto-nutrients that can't be seen, but their benefits will be felt. Mint is known to be good at soothing the digestive system, so it adds a delicious flavor and more!

Freezing mint leaves in ice cubes is a fun and easy way to add mint flavor to your water, or tea!

If you decide that the apple mint won't fit into your menu this week, just place your sprig in water and wait until you see roots growing from the cut end. After this happens you can plant your own apple mint plant and increase your  summer harvest!

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