The summer heat isn’t over yet. With record breaking temperatures of 108° cooling relief is always welcomed. Since Green Smoothies are a daily staple in our home it’s only natural to concoct refreshing, cooling recipes for those baking hot days.
While it’s recommended to use only the freshest of ingredients when making your green smoothie, it’s perfectly fine to make use of frozen fruit to chill down your smoothie for a refreshingly cool elixir. Actually, I recommend keeping a well stocked freezer full of fresh-frozen fruit. If you grow own fruit it is common to get overwhelmed with the amount of fruit that ripens at once. If you don’t grow your own fruit then take advantage of your locally grown fruit when it is in season to fill your freezer.
One of my all-time favorite frozen fruits is peaches.
Whenever I think of peaches it reminds me of a wonderful childhood memory. When I was a kid my mom and I had a yearly ritual; we would go to the local orchard to buy several bushels of peach “checks”. Checks were the peaches that were so ripe at the time of harvesting they fell to the ground during picking. They usually had a small bruise or soft spot where they hit the ground, but oftentimes they were perfect. (Just in case you don’t know… the most flavorful, sweetest fruits are those that have the opportunity to ripen on the tree, as opposed to being picked green so they can make their long journey to the store before rotting.)
We would spend a couple of days making making peach jam, canning peaches, and freezing peaches.
Nowadays, I no longer have a local orchard to visit for checks and my young peach trees don’t produce all that many peaches so I order organic peaches by the case from my local store.
Today I made a most delicious, refreshing, green smoothie in my Vita-Mix with frozen blueberries, banana, and peaches.
Blueberry Peach Chiller
1 frozen banana
1 cup frozen blueberries
2 cups frozen peach
3 handfuls of spinach
1 very large Kale leaf
3/4 cup soaked chia seeds
1 tsp spirulina
water to blend
This smoothie is absolutely delicious, nutritious, and refreshing. My son and I drank the entire Vita-Mix container full in an afternoon. Be forewarned, this is not a very sweet green smoothie but that was part of the refreshing success for me. If you must have it more sweet feel free to add frozen dates.