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BREAKFASTS: Fruit and Smoothies

Fruit and Smoothies

Fruit and Smoothies

FRUIT SALADS CAN be as simple as a few fresh fruits chopped and served in a bowl. While I’ve specified fruits here, feel free to vary the recipe based on whatever is in season. Start with fresh, great-tasting fruits and you won’t need to do much besides eat them.

Fruit Salad

SERVES 4

1 pint fresh strawberries, stems removed, sliced

1 pint fresh blueberries

2 cups seedless grapes

1 ripe pear, cored and diced

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons date syrup, optional

Pinch ground cinnamon

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Chill until ready to serve.

VARIATION

Make this into a fruit gazpacho by adding pineapple juice to cover the fruit, plus 2 to 3 tablespoons finely chopped mint.

Mean Green Smoothie

EVEN IF YOU don’t like kale, you won’t notice it in this drink. This delicious, plant-based smoothie is an excellent way to add more greens to your diet.

SERVES 1

1 cup unsweetened almond milk, or water

1 cup frozen berries

1 banana, peeled

2 cups kale, ribs removed, coarsely chopped

½ cup pitted and coarsely chopped Medjool dates

Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth and creamy.

Spicy Tropical Green Smoothie

Recipe by Julieanna Hever

THIS BRIGHT AND refreshing beverage will wake up your taste buds with ice-cold flavors of the tropics.

SERVES 1

2 cups tightly packed spinach leaves

1 cup frozen pineapple chunks

1 cup frozen mango chunks

1 small tangerine, peeled and pitted, or juice of 1 lime

1 cup coconut water

¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth. Enjoy cold.

Very Berry Smoothie

WHEN BERRIES ARE in season, their flavor is perfect. You can also make this easy breakfast any time of year with frozen berries.

SERVES 1

1½ cups unsweetened almond milk, plus more as needed, or water

1 cup berries, such as strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries

½ cup pitted and chopped Medjool dates, or to taste

Add all ingredients to a blender and process until smooth and creamy. Add more almond milk if necessary to achieve a smooth consistency.

Banana Cranberry Smoothie

BANANAS, CRANBERRIES, AND dates come together to make this sweet and tangy breakfast drink. I like it with almond milk, but you can use whichever plant-based milk you prefer.

SERVES 1

1½ cups unsweetened plant-based milk, or water

1 cup frozen cranberries

1 large banana, peeled

½ cup pitted and chopped Medjool dates, or to taste

Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth and creamy.

Strawberry Peach Smoothie

BUY FRESH FRUIT at the farmers’ market when it is in season and freeze some to have on hand for smoothies. It’s an excellent way to get the wholesome benefits of seasonal fruits throughout the year.

SERVES 1

½ cup chopped frozen strawberries

½ cup frozen peach slices

1½ cups unsweetened plant-based milk, plus more as needed

½ cup pitted and chopped Medjool dates, or to taste

Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth and creamy. Add more plant-based milk, if needed, to achieve a smooth consistency.

Chunky Monkey Smoothie

THIS IS A quick, filling, and tasty breakfast that’s ready in less than 5 minutes. If you prefer, use any other nut butter in place of the peanut butter and substitute carob powder if you prefer it to cocoa. If you don’t have bananas in your freezer, use fresh instead and add a few ice cubes to the blender.

SERVES 1

1 cup unsweetened almond milk, plus more as needed, or water

2 medium frozen bananas, peeled and cut into chunks

1 tablespoon peanut butter

½ cup pitted and chopped Medjool dates, or to taste

1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa

Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth and creamy. Add more almond milk as needed to achieve a smooth consistency.

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

THIS SMOOTHIE COULD easily be dessert on Thanksgiving. It’s like having pie without any of the extra fat or sugar.

SERVES 1

1 cup unsweetened almond milk, or water

½ cup pumpkin puree

½ cup ice cubes

4 Medjool dates, pitted and chopped, or to taste

¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Pinch ground nutmeg

Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth and creamy.

Gingerbread Smoothie

THIS SMOOTHIE IS almost a dessert in a glass. It makes a great holiday breakfast treat. I prefer unsweetened almond milk in this recipe, but you can use whichever plant-based milk is your favorite.

SERVES 1

1½ cups unsweetened plant-based milk, or water

1 teaspoon unsulfured molasses, or to taste

6 Medjool dates, pitted and chopped

½-inch piece ginger, peeled and grated, or to taste

Pinch ground cinnamon

Pinch ground nutmeg

2 to 3 ice cubes

Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth and creamy.

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