The Flying Pig Garden, is open for business (yay) and harvest is huge! Monday July 8th and Tuesday July 9th Sonia will be bringing the first harvest of the summer greens! Yum! This harvest will include, LOTS of salad greens and chard, arugula, spinach, asian greens/ stir fry greens, rosemary; tarragon; Yukina savoy (type of bok choi); Pac Choi (ditto); Bok Choi; Asian greens (for salad or stir fry), Peas are blooming, so we may get into those in the next several weeks. She will have these available for sale after 9 am.
With all these wonderful greens if you haven't tried a green smoothie now would be an awesome time try. We've includes a basic smoothie recipe that you can change-up as you want, as additional fruits and veggies come into season.
Basic’s on Green Smoothies, from Lisa Bova Health and Wellness Coach.
You don’t need a fancy blender to make great smoothies. Although they do help, here are a couple hints on making smoothies with any blender, I have even used my Cusinart immersion blend in a pinch. The key to making a delicious green smoothie is to blend, blend, blend! Contrary to what most people think, you don’t have to have a high-speed blender to make a decent green smoothie. (Although it is definitely easier!) Start with 2 cups of your favorite liquid and 1 cup of greens. If you don’t have a high-speed blender with a powerful motor, begin by blending your greens and liquid before adding any fruit or supplements. This will ensure that your greens are completely liquefied because no one likes chunks in their green smoothies.
Another key to creating a proper texture is to use frozen fruit and no ice. Most blenders can’t blend ice completely so you end up with icy chunks in your smoothie. Instead, frozen fruit blends to create a creamy texture and natural sweetness without the chunks.
Frozen bananas in particular are a great way to bulk up a smoothie. Simply peel ripe bananas, chop them up, and freeze them overnight. I always keep a batch of these in my freezer for smoothies
Basic Green Smoothie Recipe
- 1 cup of raw greens (kale, chard, collards, spinach, etc)
- 2 cups liquid (non-dairy milk, fresh juice, coconut water, green tea, or water)
- 1 frozen banana (remove the peel, cut into 1-inch slices, and freeze overnight)
- 1 cup of frozen berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and/or blackberries)
- when you get the hang of this change it to 2 cups raw greens, 1 cup liquid and one cup fruit.
Have fun and play with it!