Verry Berry Smoothie

Everyone enjoys a good smoothie. Here is a smoothie recipe which has gone through many variations and is now practically perfect in everyway.  I enjoy it almost every night and it keeps my immune system super strong.  I never get hungry between meals anymore (thanks chia seeds!), never cold colds/flues, and have never grown tired of it.  Its not only delicious, it’s gorgeous purple/red color makes it visually appealing.  As a vegan it gives me crucial vitamins I might not get regularly or in large enough amounts with other meals.

VEGGIE/BERRY MIXTURE
1 head red chard, chopped slightly
1 head rainbow chard, chopped slightly
1 large beet or 2 medium beets, uncooked, chopped into chunks
1 medium head red cabbage, uncooked, chopped into chunks
2 pounds strawberries
1 pint blueberries and/or blackberries and/or black grapes

“Vitamix fruits and pour equal amount into 16 jars.  Divide vegetables equally into three bowls.

Pour liquids (below) into Vitamix, blend 5 seconds with one-half of a bowl of vegetables, add remaining half of bowl, blend 5-10 seconds (may be slightly lumpy, but you’ll be mixing it more each night).
Pour equal amounts into 16 jars. ”
1 cup pomegranate/blueberry juice
1 cup water or orange juice

SMOOTHIE RECIPE
1 T nutritional yeast
1 T hemp seeds
2 T chia seeds
2 T golden flaxseed, ground (Bob’s Red Mill – in refrigerated section at Fred Meyer nutrition center)
1 10 oz. jar veggie/berry mixture (recipe left)
2 bananas
handful raisins/goji berries
ice cubes
“Put dry ingredients into Vitamix first, add veggie/berry mixture, blend 5-10 seconds.
Add banana, raisins/goji berries, ice cubes, blend 45 seconds.  Let sit a few minutes to allow flavors to blend.
Serve with straw.”

 

NOTE ON VEGGIE/BERRY MIXTURE:
“You can also just add the chopped veggies and berries/juice to the Vitamix each time you make a smoothie, if you don’t want to make the  veggie/berry mixture ahead of time.   I started making the mixture because  my fridge is tiny and then discovered I like having the mixture ready so I can quickly make smoothies each night.”

Note: For best taste results use a Vitamix or equivalent.  However, don’t let this detour you from mixing with a blender if that is all you have.  Just blend for extra long!

-Submitted by one of our readers 

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