Squeeze Fruits and Vegetables into your Diet with Smoothies and Juices

With the spring we’ve had so far, can you blame us for looking towards sunnier skies and warmer days? Today on the blog we’ll cover some refreshing smoothie and juice recipes; whenever possible, we’ve tried to include locally grown and produced products.

 

 

Mango Smoothies

 

Okay, we know that you can’t get any locally grown mangos – but we can’t resist including this Mango Smoothie recipe from the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

 

·     Flesh of 1 large ripe (or frozen) mango, chopped

·     2 mL (1/2 tsp) fresh ginger, grated
·     80 mL (1/3 cup) frozen orange juice concentrate
·     375 mL (1-1/2 cups) 1% milk, chilled
·     250 mL (1 cup) ice

 

In blender: purée mango, ginger and concentrate until smooth. Next, add milk and ice before blending again. The fresh ginger really takes the flavour of this smoothie to the next level!

 

Green Smoothies

 

To really kick up the nutritional value of your smoothies, add two large handfuls of greens to your favourite smoothie recipe; the standard is spinach or kale but choose whatever you’d like. Our favourite is this dessert-like raspberry coconut combination.

 

·      1 cup raspberries

·      1/3 cup coconut flakes
·      2 large handfuls of spinach
·      4 ice cubes
·      1 cup of liquid – use water, vanilla soy milk or a splash of apple cider

 

For a variation of the green smoothie try:

 

·      1 to 2 cups of sliced peaches

·      2 handfuls of a green of your choice
·      1 tablespoon of honey
·      ¼ cup of quick oats
·      1 cup of liquid

 

Adding oats to the mix really works to give you a full feeling that lasts throughout the day.

 

Pro tip: add the greens on the bottom before blending to help the mix blend better.

 

Looking for Ontario-grown fruit can be a challenge in the spring but you can still incorporate some local ingredients. The following products and brands are grown and produced in Ontario:

 

·      Plain or Vanilla Yogurt (Beatrice, Chapman’s, Natrel, Neilson, Kawartha Dairy, Mapleton Organic)

·      Frozen Ontario strawberries or blueberries
·      Preserves or canned fruits from a store or Toronto farmer’s market close to Wingreen Court
·      Apple juice or cider
·      Ontario maple syrup or honey for extra sweetness

 

Ontario-grown fruits and veggies that are currently in season include: Beets, Cabbage, Carrots, Apples, Cucumber and Rhubarb. These fruits and veggies are all easy to use in any smoothie or juice recipe and their subtle flavours won’t overpower your favourite blends.

 

If you’re looking for more ways to use these, try:

 

·      Orange & Beet Juice

·      Carrot-Apple Juice
·      Rhubarb Smoothie

 

For more information on where to get a juicer or blender in Toronto – check out our blog post from February: Offbeat Appliances That You Might Love.

 

Do you have a great smoothie or juice recipe to share? Any unexpected ingredients that really make a tasty combination for a breakfast on the go? Share your favourites with the Wingreen Court community in the comments.

 

The Wingreen Court apartment community (2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10 & 11 Wingreen Court) is set on a quiet cul-de-sac in a great location. These buildings offer convenience and affordability in an up-and-coming Toronto neighbourhood where you are moments away from the spectacular Edwards Gardens and Sunnybrook Park with easy access to the Don Valley Parkway.