Hooray, for National Smoothie Day!

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peach smoothie in mason jar

June 21, 2020, is National Smoothie Day! This is a great time to enjoy a smoothie made with fresh fruits of the season. North Carolina peaches, are nice and juicy in June. Blueberries are also still around in some locations throughout the state. Many people enjoy adding vegetables in their smoothies for added nutrition. Kale and spinach are common ingredients in smoothies and can be found most of the year in North Carolina.

Smoothies are a quick and light way to make a treat that can be healthy for you when sugar is not added. To save money and keep fruit on hand, purchase fruits that are in season, then freeze in freezer bags. Even bananas that appear to be ripening too fast can be peeled and frozen for smoothies later. Sometimes, I like to add yogurt to my smoothie, as we do in our Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program recipe.

Smoothies are easy to make, just choose your base, (water, 100% fruit juice, milk) and add your fruits. You can use low fat, soy, coconut, or almond milk. Some people add protein powders. This is a good way to increase the daily nutrient content for people that do not eat a lot of solid foods.