Strawberry-Peach Smoothie

When I did my three-day raw cleanse this summer (read about it here!), I seriously got into smoothies. I don’t have a juicer and certainly didn’t have $350 to spend on the one I want (I’ll save that for the wedding registry). Since I couldn’t prepare any kind of green juice, I decided smoothies were the next best thing and have continued enjoying them for breakfast or lunch (and tweaking my recipe) all summer.

You will notice that the recipe calls for frozen berries and peaches – I want to point out that I do not buy frozen fruit at the grocery store. You totally could, but I prefer farmer’s market produce.

To freeze the fruit, I wash and core (strawberries) or roughly chop (peaches) and lay them out on a baking sheet lined with saran wrap. I let them freeze in a single layer overnight, and them move them to a big ziplock. This keeps them from sticking together.

Laura went to Europe and all I got was this lousy smoothie?! It’s true – we’re headed out for a couple weeks. I will respond to any comments when I return. In the meantime…enjoy!

Strawberry-Peach Smoothie
serves 2

Side note: When I was doing the cleanse I used filtered water instead of juice, but off-cleanse…the orange and apple juices add more flavor, and I like that.

1 large peach, peeled, cubed, and frozen
1/2 ripe avocado
1.5 cups frozen strawberries
1 cup apple juice (I like Simply Apple)
1 cup orange juice (Simply Orange, Tropicana, or fresh-squeezed)

Combine all ingredients in blender, adding them to the blender in the order listed. Blend on medium until combined – you’ll know it’s good when you can see the “vortex” (which is when all the smoothie moves smoothly, forming a “wave” at the top). Pour into two glasses. I prefer to use a straw to drink these.

Cheers!

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