It’s really easy to make a bad smoothie - even for me and I’ve worked as a smoothie mama for years. All this recipe testing for our new book is exciting and humbling at the same time! We want to pass on all the tips and tricks we’re learning to making a perfectly craveable smoothie. We’re doing the hard work for you so you don’t have to trudge through terrible blends to find your favorite combos. So far, I am finding that it takes the perfect balance of sweetness, tartness and bitterness as well as finding a balance in texture and thickness. We don’t all own a Vitamix so sometimes making the perfect smoothie becomes a delicately honed skill. No one likes chunks in their smoothies!
Pro tip: I’m finding it best to blend the kale (or leafy green) with the liquid first, THEN add the frozen bits. That's the way to get the texture down, but then comes the flavor. I personally don’t really enjoy drinking 100% veggie smoothies. But I find if I add a half of banana and a lemon to the smoothie it provides that mouth-watering, crave-worthy kick.
To find the most delicious ingredients, we are letting the abundance of the Summer season guide us. Berries are my favorite fruit, and New England in the Summer produces some of the BEST berries! Schanen is going to have to ship me up some Southern peaches and butter beans and I’ll trade her for berries and rhubarb! (Yes, I am currently in the North. I just can’t seem to stay in one spot for too long ;)
It is really important to be aware of nature’s bounty and eat what’s in season.
We are having so much fun being inspired by goods from our local farms. Tougas Family Farm in Northborough, MA, is my favorite farm to pick your own strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and cherries. They use organic pesticide and sustainable practices and have THE BEST fresh fruit, donuts, and slushes! I am going this week to get my haul of strawberries - they run out quick! Next month will be blueberries and raspberries :)
Pro tip: For a guide to what's in season in YOUR region, we highly recommend the Seasonal Food Guide from Sustainable Table. You can filter results by your location, time of year, or the produce you're interested in learning about. A great resource all around!
Our book will contain 21 days of smoothies highlighting the flavors of Summer! When recipe testing, it’s obviously important to write down measurements, because when you knock it out of the park you are going to want to replicate it! This has always been a struggle for us - we tend to taste-test and add a little of this, a little of that. So our upcoming smoothie guide is a labor of love FOR YOU!
Here is one of our favorites we've blended so far:
-1 cup frozen raspberries
-1 cup vanilla almond milk
-1/4 cup almonds
-1/4 tsp cinnamon
-Handful of ice
Stay tuned for more smoothies that will be anything but boring!