I love this time of the year, not only because the weather is so great which means more outdoor time for me and the kids (great way to get some vitamin D) but also because the farmer’s markets near my office are back. That’s right, I said markets. I am lucky to work in downtown and have access to a farmer’s market on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Combine those with my regular Saturday farmer’s market and my family is pretty much eating seasonal fruits and veggies all week long and that means finding fun ways to incorporate more vegetables and fruit into our diets.
One of the things I love to do is make smoothies. It’s amazing how even my picky five year old can’t resist a smoothie or an “ice cream” made from frozen bananas and berries. To provide me with inspiration, I turn to my trusty friend Pinterest to find new recipes that either I adopt or adapt. I also turn to the website Simple Green Smoothies where they have a simple green smoothie formula to help you get started. To make things easier for us, my husband and I batch prep our smoothies for the week on Sunday. We freeze the fruit bought at the farmer’s market and then we put them into mason jars and stick them in the freezer. We blend all the vegetables and then put them into a muffin tin and freeze that and make green pucks that will go into the smoothies.
Of course smoothies are not the only way we incorporate fruits and vegetables into our everyday. We also have a juicer and we buy one of the big bag of organic carrots from Costco and juice enough to have a pitcher of fresh carrot juice. Juicing is a great option and Juice Recipes For Your Health has some great recipes.
Recently, I have also been getting into smoothie bowls. Some of my favorite recipes, that I adapt as needed to fit my dietary needs are:
Coconut Berry Smoothie Bowl from Taste and Tell
Avocado and Kale Smoothie Bowl via Buzzfeed
Green Smoothie Bowl from Kitchen Confidante
And just in case you do not have the ingredients at home to make a smoothie, juice or bowl, or let’s say you happen to run out the house fast because you were running late to work due to a toddler who woke up earlier than usual and you left your smoothie sitting on the counter (this situation is for fictional purposes only, right?) we also have options in this city to help ensure you get some fresh vegetables or juices into your diet. Two of my favorite places are Cap City Squeeze and Liquidology Bar . I’ve heard great things about the following places but I have not yet had the pleasure of visiting them: Sun & Soil Juice Company, and Vibe Health Bar.
So there you have it folks, three different ways of getting more vegetables: Stir-fries, Salad, and Smoothies/Juices/Bowls. I hope you have enjoyed this little series and that you find new creative ways of eating more vegetables every day.
My family and I are currently prepping to go on an almost month long vacation to Mexico ( finally because this mama needs a vacation so bad) so there will be no Linda’s Kitchen Corner until I return at the end of June. But when I come back I will share with you my experiences of trying to eat healthy and within my dietary needs in another county.
Till next time,