CSA member Lauren Klimetz shared her recipes for two delicious and deceptively healthy breakfast smoothie, which she calls "Breakfast Ice Cream" and "Liquid Salad." If you have a recipe you’d like to share with your fellow CSA members email me, Sarah Ligon, at nativesonproduce [at] gmail [dot] com.
Breakfast Ice Cream
Pretty much all of our kale gets used up in smoothies. Every day my kids start off the morning with a smoothie, or what they call “Breakfast Ice Cream.” To make your own, take an avocado, a zucchini and/or a few leaves of kale, a few heaping tablespoons of very thick plain yogurt, vanilla essence, honey, frozen raspberries/strawberries, frozen mango. Blend.
Anything they don’t eat gets thrown into their post-school smoothie along with more kale and spinach, broccoli, kefir, pomegranate juice, frozen blueberries, any left over lunch fruit from the day before, frozen bananas—anything I can find lying around.
The only parts of the share that don’t go into my kids’ smoothies are beet greens, chard, celery, or a whole bunch of carrots, as they think those flavors are overpowering. But roasted pumpkin, butternut squash and sweet potatoes are surprisingly popular additives, even with my kids.
Lauren’s Liquid Salad
In my own smoothies, I use a combination of arugula, chard, bok choy, root vegetable leaves, and parsley. I call it my “liquid salad.” It’s also a good way to use the center of celery hearts, which would otherwise be discarded.
Take two to three packed handfuls of greens, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar (a thick, high-quality vinegar), 1/4 inch of fresh ginger, up to 10 basil leaves, 2 sprigs of parsley, 1/2-1 cup something sweet. At the moment I’m using frozen nectarines, as this is what I have in the freezer. Blueberries or strawberries work well, as does grapefruit. Add 1/2 an apple and 1/2 cup of grapes.
Fill with water and ice. I also add a teaspoon of Matcha powder (green tea) and Acai berry powder.
The only vegetable I have found that doesn’t work in a smoothie is mustard greens. That was the only smoothie I’ve not been able to finish!