Guest post by Katie Mae of Nourishing Simplicity
Quick, simple and delicious! There is nothing quite like a cold smoothie on a hot day. While parts of the world are still having cool springs, my area of Baja California has seemed to skip spring and jump right into summer. That leaves me craving a smoothie every day!
I love smoothies; the combination possibilities are endless. While I like these drinks I have to be honest and say that I am not a huge green smoothie fan. I tried to convince myself for years that I was but really I’m not; it doesn’t really worry me since most green smoothies contain thyroid suppressing greens, like kale and spinach. Instead I am a fan of slightly sweet yet nutrient and vitamin packed smoothies like my Blood Orange Vitamin-C Smoothie and my Chocolate Strawberry Delight that uses dairy kefir.
If April showers bring May flowers that must mean that May flowers bring cherries! There are very few things that can beat a cherry picked fresh off the tree. If you haven’t experienced that pleasure before I am sincerely sorry. Don’t despair, though, because cherries happen to be one of those marvelous fruits that taste amazing frozen as well. When it comes to making smoothies I actually prefer the frozen variety.
I was definitely one of those teens that would hang out at the local smoothie shop with my friends. It was the cool thing to do back in the day. I used to snub my nose at my mom and little sister when they ordered their smoothies without the sherbet. Now I would never even consider using or buying a smoothie made with an unhealthy sherbet! Instead I prefer to use sweet fruits.
Cherries have been my favorite fruit to add to smoothies the past few months. They have a sweet yet slightly tangy flavor and make every drink beautiful! I’ve gotten in the habit of adding unflavored water kefir to my smoothies. It provides the needed liquid, adds a touch of sweetness and gives your body an extra boost of probiotics without dairy–which is great for those who are dairy-free.
- • 2 cups fresh or frozen mango, cubed
- • 1 1/2 cups plain water kefir
- • 1 cup frozen cherries
- • 1/2 cup pineapple chunks, fresh or canned
- 1. Add all your ingredients to a blender and blend on high until smooth.
- 2. Pour into two glasses and enjoy!
- Makes two small servings
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What is your favorite smoothie?
Katie Mae Stanley is a lover of Jesus and a missionary dorm “mama” to a gaggle of deaf girls in Mexico. She is a small space homesteader and nourishing cook who is almost always barefoot. She thinks that fair-trade tea, coffee and chocolate make every day better. Katie Mae is the author behind the blog Nourishing Simplicity and the cookbook Steeped: Simple Nourishing Teas and Treats. She is living simply by God’s grace.