Avocado, Spinach, Orange, Cranberry, and Fig Smoothie (Serves 1-2)
When building a smoothie, you need something creamy. I had avocadoes. You need something acidic. I had oranges. I think you need something green. I had fresh spinach. You can add carrots, celery, a little onion, and all kinds of things, but I had cranberries and figs, so added them. My smoothie this morning really hit the spot. The figs I used came from a bucket load I picked months ago. I froze the ones I did not eat immediately and they have been waiting patiently for me. I have been using up everything in my freezer in anticipation of buying a quarter of a cow and finally came to the frozen figs. Despite the months of storage, they performed nicely in my smoothie. If you don’t have figs, you might substitute a small banana (fresh or frozen).
Prep Time: 5 minutes
1 avocado (peeled)
2 big handfuls of fresh spinach
2 small oranges (peeled)
1 big handful of fresh (or frozen) cranberries
1 big handful of fresh (or frozen) figs
Dump ingredients into blender in the order listed. Secure top on blender. Start blending at low speed and move up to high speed quickly, using a tamping tool to facilitate blending as needed. Continue about one minute or as needed to achieve a smooth consistency. Pour in a glass and drink.
Notes: A banana is a good substitute for the creamy component needed in a smoothie if you don’t have an avocado.
A bag of pre-washed fresh spinach will keep in the refrigerator for a week. However, I tend to wilt all the spinach in a bag for one meal (and I liked wilted spinach), so a bag usually doesn’t last long at my house.
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