Eat Well May. 26. 2015
Beverages

Through the Garden Smoothie

May. 26. 2015
Beverages
McKel (Hill) Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel (Hill) Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

Dietitian, Founder and CEO

I’m writing you all from the airport, heading back home to Nashville from our two week stay in San Francisco shooting my first cookbook…it was such an amazing experience and I can’t tell you all how much all of your kind words, support, and suggestions for what to visit- so appreciative beyond words. It has been a whirlwind of emotions the past couple of weeks to say the least! We’ve worked non-stop for 14 days to the point where sometimes I thought I couldn’t do it anymore yet most of the time feeling really excited, grateful, and happy about the project and how far it’s come…but I’m ready to let my mind and body relax, refuel, and refocus for the next chapter ahead. I know many of you took a holiday this weekend so you might be in the same mode as I am- let’s just say a “bounce back” mode.

Before leaving for San Francisco, I found myself utilizing beets almost every day (especially in my Beetroot Pineapple Salad) but also in my morning smoothies post workout for an extra body boost. This smoothie has earned the title “Through the Garden” by having a über delicious earthy/sweet mix of beets, spinach, lemon and lime, apple, strawberries, and bee pollen.

In Nashville, both strawberries and beets are abundant right now and they’re one of my favorite antioxidant rich foods that support the body in carrying out detoxification- you can read a bit more about them here and here! I promise this smoothie won’t “taste” like a garden. Both lemon and lime breakdown the grassy-earthy taste in this smoothie, therefore I highly recommend you to use both the lemon and lime plus it’s added vitamin C! The bee pollen is a completely optional ingredient, but I truly love adding this into smoothies, into porridge, or just taking a little spoonful here and there- heres a little bit more about bee pollen here.

Through the Garden Smoothie
Recipe Type: smoothie
Author: McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN
Serves: 1-2
A spring and summer inspired smoothie utilizing fresh produce of the gardens.
Ingredients
  • 1-2 cups of water
  • 1 beet
  • 2 cups raw spinach
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 1 green apple
  • 1/2 cup fresh strawberries
  • Juice of 1-2 lemons
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 jalapeno (optional)
  • 2-3 ice cubes to chill
  • Bee pollen to garnish, optional
Instructions
  1. Simply combine all ingredients in a high speed blender, you’ll need this to blend raw beets, and blend until smooth.
  2. Adjust sweetness by adding 1 date or 2 to sweeten naturally. Enjoy immediately and while cold.

I hope you all give this a try today or tomorrow morning to refuel your body! In the meantime, my mind is totally in vacation mode, if you have any recommendations for somewhere to go…preferably a beach, please comment! Wishing you lots of love and I’ll be back with more behind the scenes of the cookbook shoot once I’ve gotten settled back in.

xx McKel

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The Recipe

Serves 1-2

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Ingredients:

  • 1-2 cups of water
  • 1 beet
  • 2 cups raw spinach
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 1 green apple
  • 1/2 cup fresh strawberries
  • Juice of 1-2 lemons
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 jalapeno (optional)
  • 2-3 ice cubes to chill
  • Bee pollen to garnish, optional

Directions:

  1. Simply combine all ingredients in a high speed blender, you’ll need this to blend raw beets, and blend until smooth.
  2. Adjust sweetness by adding 1 date or 2 to sweeten naturally. Enjoy immediately and while cold.

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