Get FREE Greens at the Farmer’s Market & Strawberry Lemonade Green Smoothie

source: Tess Masters

Back in October of last year, I posted my top 7 Tips For Boosting Immunity With Green Smoothies.

Tip #5 was: Get Affordable or FREE Greens at your local Farmer’s Market

I want to talk about this again, as I receive countless emails every month from readers who want to include more fresh organic vegetables and leafy greens into their diet but find the cost a challenge.

To recap on tip #5: Most people ask to have the greens cut off of their beets, turnips, and carrots, etc. at market stalls. Ask your local vendor for any tops they have cut off for other customers. These greens are absolutely loaded with nutrients, and very often you can pick them up for free (they are just going to throw them away) or for a couple of bucks.

Another top tip for getting affordable produce is to make friends with the stall owners, and at the end of the day you can pick up large boxes of surplus produce for a song! This can include leafy greens, as well as other seasonal fruits and veggies. You can then create all kinds of smoothies, juicessalads, and other delicious creations for a fraction of the cost.

A nutrient-dense green smoothie is a quick, easy, delicious way to get your daily dose of greens and other fruits and vegetables in one hit. It is also a fabulous way to help inspire confidence in novice cooks and children. Picking up seasonal produce boxes at the market keeps things interesting and diverse, and expands the family’s gustatory repertoire and experiences.

Here is one of my favorite summer green smoothie treats. I love this green smoothie because it tastes just like a refreshing strawberry lemonade without any hint of “green” which makes it the PERFECT way to ease children and greenophobes into the concept of “drinking your greens.” If you use romaine, the smoothie stays a beautiful vibrant red color too.

Other Green Smoothie Recipes:

Enjoy :)

Strawberry Lemonade Green Smoothie

Makes two 16-ounce servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups filtered water or raw coconut water
  • 3 cups fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 2 cups chopped romaine lettuce or baby spinach
  • 2 cups ice if using fresh fruit
  • 1/4 cup lemon flesh (1 whole lemon peeled with pips removed)
  • 1/4 cup or 1/3 cup chopped pitted dates depending on your taste preference
  • 6 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Sprout Living Broccoli & Kale Sprout Mix, other dried sprout powder (optional)
  • pinch of Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salt

Instructions:

  1. Place the water into your blender (I use a Vitamix) first and then add the strawberries, romaine or spinach, ice if using, lemon flesh, dates, lemon juice, dried sprout powder, and salt.
  2. You will need your tamper to help start the mixing.
  3. Puree until smooth and creamy.
  4. Tweak flavors to taste and devour. You might want some more lemon juice or sweetener.
  5. Makes two 16–ounce glasses. You could thin this out with more water for more of a drink consistency. YUMMO!

Tess Masters, AKA “The Blender Girl”  writes a quirky blog called Healthy Blender Recipes, sharing super quick and easy allergy friendly vegetarian, vegan, and raw recipes using a blender, mixer or food processor. All of her healthy recipes are gluten free, and utilize whole foods and natural flavoring and sweeteners. Many of the recipes are also dairy free, egg free, nut free, and soy free. You can search for recipes for specific diets or food allergies by using the handy clickable icons on her website.

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7 Responses to Get FREE Greens at the Farmer’s Market & Strawberry Lemonade Green Smoothie

  • What a great tip for finding cheap/free greens! Thanks! And I am loving your smoothie recipe. Strawberry, lemon, and greens would make such a refreshing, healthy start to the day. I’m off to explore that broccoli/kale sprout mix. Intrigued!

    Heather

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  • Cindy Vien says:

    Nice, greens are tasty in soups, simmered on low in the last 10 minutes of the soup, to keep the vitamins at their peak! I need to try kale with the strawberries, thanks for this suggested recipe!

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