Sara's Kitchen Adventures | Apple Mango Smoothie

By: Sara De Leeuw

One of the best things about living in the Inland Empire is our local Farmers Markets! We are fortunate to have at least a dozen that happen year-round! Some take place on weeknights; others are open early mornings on the weekends. Guaranteed, there’s a farmers market to fit your busy schedule happening somewhere in the Inland Empire this week! And since it’s January and many people are thinking and eating healthier, Farmers Markets fit perfectly into that new, healthy lifestyle. Not only do Farmers Markets provide fresh produce, grown locally from great farmers, you get exercise walking around the market!

 

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Recently, my husband and I went to the Saturday morning Corona Certified Farmers Market and spent a nice hour walking around, enjoying the weather! 

 

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We came home with a few Pink Lady Apples and tangerines, add to that romaine lettuce, blood oranges, several heads of garlic and probably the longest green onions I’ve ever seen! All for less than $10. It’s a nice feeling knowing you are eating healthy and shopping local, supporting our regional farms.

 

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Check out some of the other great options available at the market this week!

 

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So what do you do with this gorgeous produce? Well, as I mentioned, it’s January, and I’m focused on eating healthier. Lately, I have been making a lot of smoothies for breakfast. They’re easy to make, and when you use fresh ingredients, you are in control of what goes into your body! 

I made a simple apple and mango smoothie, using one of the Pink Lady Apples and some of the romaine lettuce from the market. Yes, romaine lettuce in a smoothie! If that’s too weird, you can add spinach instead. Either way, it’s a nice way to add greens to your diet! 


 

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Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year!

 

Apple Mango Smoothie

 

Ingredients:

2 cups water

2 Pink Lady Apples, cored and finely chopped

1 cup lightly packed romaine lettuce (or spinach)

1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 cups frozen mango (this takes the place of ice)

1/2 cup plain vanilla Greek yogurt

1 tablespoon chia seeds

2 teaspoons honey

 

Directions:

Place all ingredients into a blender, and blend on high for 30 to 60 seconds until smooth and creamy!

 

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