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I’ve been getting a lot of questions about smoothie making, so I thought I would talk about stocking your kitchen to make smoothies.  I’ll also list some great smoothie resources at the bottom of the post.

Getting Kids Doing! Tip:  My kids love to choose the kind of smoothie we have and what goes in it.  I let them select ingredients (within reason) and everyone happily enjoys their smoothies.

Just remember…the combinations are endless, so have fun!

Fruit

In season, local fruit is always best, but frozen fruit works really well.  You can cut and freeze your fresh fruit.  I prefer using frozen fruit over ice cubes because it makes the smoothie creamier and doesn’t water it down.

  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Avocado
  • Bananas*
  • Berries (strawberry*, blackberry, raspberry*, blueberry*, etc.)
  • Cherries (pitted)
  • Kiwi
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Mangos*
  • Melon (watermelon, honeydew, canteloupe, etc.)
  • Nectarines
  • Oranges
  • Peaches*
  • Pears
  • Pineapple*

*I always keep my freezer stocked with these frozen fruits.

Vegetables

  • Broccoli (raw or steamed; freezes well)
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower (raw or steamed; freezes well)
  • Cucumber
  • Leafy Greens (lettuce, kale, spinach, collards, chard, dandelion greens, beet greens)*
  • Pumpkin (cooked)
  • Sprouts
  • Squash (cooked)
  • Sweet Potatoes (cooked)
  • Watercress

*Leafy green season has started or is just about to start (depending on where you live).  If you end up with too many from your CSA or just want to stock up, blanche the greens, pat dry and freeze them!

Herbs

  • Basil
  • Cilantro
  • Mint
  • Parsley

Liquids

  • Almond milk
  • Brazil nut milk
  • Coconut milk
  • Coconut water
  • Hazelnut milk
  • Hemp milk
  • Herbal tea
  • Kefir
  • Oat milk
  • Pure fruit juice (also acts as sweetener)
  • Rice milk
  • Soy milk
  • Yogurt

Nut/Seed Butters

  • Almond
  • Brazil
  • Cashew
  • Hazelnut
  • Peanut
  • Sunflower

Sweeteners

  • Dates or date syrup
  • Honey
  • Maple syrup
  • Stevia

Extras

  • Aloe vera juice
  • Cacao nibs
  • Cacao powder
  • Carob powder
  • Chia seeds
  • Flax meal, oil
  • Hemp seeds, powder, oil
  • Maca
  • Sea salt
  • Spirulina
  • Vanilla extract

Here are three of my favorite resources on how to make green smoothies with lots of recipes:

Dreena Burton’s How to Make a Green Smoothie

Raw Family Green Smoothies

Green Smoothie Girl

What is your favorite smoothie combination? What else do you want to know about making smoothies?

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