A few weeks ago, we went peach picking at a local farm and picked over 22 lbs of peaches. I used some for sweet recipes, like my Peach Hand Pies, and the Godfather requested another round of Peach Cobbler, but most of the peaches we didn’t eat immediately went into our freezer, and will likely all be used over the next few months making smoothies. I love the convenience of frozen fruit for making healthy smoothies because I want creamy smoothies that feel a little more milkshake than slushie juice, and I don’t want to use too much ice.
This summer I’ve been very into green smoothies since we picked up our new blender (aff) since this one breaks down the greens so there’s no weird chunkiness – an issue I had with our previous blenders. At first, I thought I needed specific greens, but now I take more of a “whatever I have on hand goes in there” approach. It’s a smoothie, not science. If you’re new to green smoothies, or have picky family members you’re trying to convert, I do have an important tip for you. The best “green” to start using in your smoothies is spinach. Spinach, especially baby spinach, is naturally sweet, so the flavor isn’t very pronounced and blends right in with whatever fruit you are using. If you use kale, chard, or even arugula, you will have more “green” flavor, which may be too strong for some. Start with spinach as your gateway green. 😉
If you have really picky family members of the small variety, one of the ladies in my running group has a great trick. She blends up the smoothie greens she’s using with a little water or almond milk and keeps the “monster juice” in the fridge. So when she makes smoothies for the kids, she adds the fruit, a little ice, extra liquid, and “monster juice”, and everyone is happy. If they see the whole greens go in, they aren’t. Go figure.
Another friend of mine has a great idea to make adding the greens convenient. She blends fresh greens with water into a slurry she can put into an ice cube tray, and then pops one or two cubes frozen cubes into her smoothie. This is a GREAT tip if you buy greens in bulk, or harvest a lot from the garden, because you can store them in the freezer for a while like this.
Since I like to use the same greens we use in our salads in my smoothie, I have to add a little sweetness. You can use honey, local and raw would be ideal, and I use it frequently, but I love love love using dates when I have them on hand. Medjool dates are my personal favorite; they’re large, sweet, and soft enough to use for stuffing or sweetening a variety of things, like these smoothies. Just don’t throw them in whole, they contain large pits that you need to remove.
You can even make this smoothie a day in advance and store the extra in a mason jar in the refrigerator. Just shake it really well (lid on) before drinking. I did this with the extra from the smoothie I made for the photos and enjoyed it the next day as I drove out to a local farm to pick up an order I placed. Still delicious, with all the fresh summer flavors you could want in a smoothie. I hope you enjoy my Peach Green Smoothie recipe!
- 2 cups frozen peach slices
- 2 cups dark green vegetables (spinach kale, chard, etc)
- 1 c fresh banana or about 3/4 frozen banana slices
- 1 1/2 cups orange juice
- 2 tsp dates pitted or 1-2 honey (optional)
- 1-2 tbsp chia seeds or flax optional
Place all ingredients in a blender.
Blend until smooth.