Spring Clean with Locally-Inspired Smoothies

Spring has sprung and so has the urge to spring clean—and not just our closets. It’s time to tidy up our minds and bodies. It’s time to get immersed with nature. It’s time to be a “smoothista”.

Smooth·isita | smo͞oT͟Hēsta |
noun: someone adept at making smoothies

 

Here’s how:
Step 1—Visit Bear Island Farm in Colleton River Plantation or The Bluffton Farmer’s Market.
Step 2—Look for fresh local produce like cucumber, basil, mint, sweet peas, kale and spinach.
Step 3—Get a blender.
Step 4—Follow the recipes below.
Step 5—Feel a Pop Eye-like effect and go conquer not just spring, but the world.

People buying fresh produce at the Bluffton Farmer’s Market.

CUCUMBER-BLUEBERRY SMOOTHIE
Recipe:
1 large cucumber peeled and sliced
1 cup frozen blueberries
2 pitted dates
A dash of local honey
1 tablespoon chia seeds (soaked for 5 minutes)
1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt or kefir
3/4 cup coconut water
1 teaspoon no sugar added vanilla extract
the juice of 1 lemon (*optional-reserve zest as a garnish)
Blend all ingredients together. Enjoy.

Health Benefits of Cucumber:
• Keeps you hydrated.
• Fights heat, both inside and out.
• Flushes out toxins.
• Infuses your body with vitamins.
• Supplies skin-friendly minerals like magnesium and potassium.
• Aids in weight loss.

STRAWBERRY BASIL SMOOTHIE
Recipe:
1 cup frozen strawberries
8-10 basil leaves
1 banana
1 cup no sugar added almond or cashew milk
1 tablespoon local honey
Blend all ingredients together. Enjoy.

Health Benefits of Basil:
• Supports a healthy cardiovascular system.
• Reduces inflammatory bowel conditions and arthritis.
• Provides a rich source of antioxidants.
• Rich in vitamin K.
• Contains iron, calcium, fiber, manganese, and vitamin A.

SWEET PEA SMOOTHIE
Recipe:
2/3 cup of sweet peas (cooked)
2 cups of spinach
1 frozen banana
1-2 tablespoons no sugar added almond or peanut butter
1 cup no sugar added vanilla flavored almond, soy or rice milk
1 tablespoon agave
1 cup of ice cubes
Blend all ingredients together. Enjoy.

Health Benefits of Sweet Peas:
• Serves as a low-calorie vegan source of protein.
• Contains a high amount of a health-protective polyphenol called coumestrol that has been found to prevent stomach cancer.
• Strengthens the immune system.
• Fights aging.
• Used a preventative against alzheimer’s, arthritis, bronchitis, osteoporosis and candida.
• Regulates blood sugar.
• Reduces bad cholesterol.

MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP PROTEIN SMOOTHIE
Recipe:
1 cup no sugar added almond or cashew milk
1 tablespoon of NOW Liquid Chlorophyl (mint flavored)
1 tablespoon cacoa nibs
1 cup of spinach
1 cup of kale
1 dropper of liquid chocolate flavored stevia
1/4 avocado
1 cup of ice
1 serving of chocolate flavored protein powder
Blend all ingredients together. Enjoy.

Health Benefits of Mint:
• Improves digestion.
• Reduces inflammation.
• Refreshes breath.
• Remedies nausea and headaches.
• Clears congestion.
• Acts as a natural stimulant.
• Used as an antiseptic and skin purifier.
• Improves memory retention and mental alertness.
• Stimulates the metabolism.
• Aids in oral health.
• Inhibits the release of histamines therefore reducing allergies

Becca Edwards is the eco-wellness blogger for the Hilton Head Chamber and owner of b.e.WELL+b.e.CREATIVE.