• by Cathy Smith

The Sailaway Gourmet

As I write this, I am watching that last big football game of the season. As you know I will mourn when the NFL season officially ends. What a cold, cold winter it’s been, but our New York and Pennsylvania ground hogs didn’t see their shadow, so are we are closer to spring and the excitement of boating season? I hope so! I didn’t have the healthiest of winters, seemed to catch everything that was going around. I was shopping at Costco 2 weeks ago and there was a demo going on for the latest, greatest Vitamix mixer. I have always liked smoothies and blended vegetable juices, so after a few cups of whatever the guy put together and making sure I could make carrot juice with it (my favorite), I walked out of the store with a new kitchen toy. So where is all this going? We could all use a good dose of fresh fruits and vegetables every day. Salads can be a good source, but learning to make your own homemade juices is much healthier. And you don’t need a big fancy mixer to make them (though my new big fancy mixer can also make nut milks, sauces, soups, ice cream, nut butters, etc, etc.). Prior to my purchase I was using a simple Nutribullet, though any blender/juicer you might own will do. Just be aware that the more powerful your mixer, the less prep you have to do with your ingredients. The basics for most all juices are a mixture of greens and fruit. Kale, spinach, watercress, romaine, celery, cucumbers, lemons, oranges, pineapples, apples, beets and carrots are just some of the wide variety of produce that can be used. After buying your produce, always wash and store it properly and use before it goes bad! I could go on and on here about the health benefits of these juices, but need to leave room in this column for some recipes! So let’s drink some of this good stuff so we’re filled with vim and vigor going into the boatyard! For all recipes, prep your ingredients per your particular blenders’ (mixer) or juicers’ instructions. Cinammon Date Smoothie 1 cup water 2 ripe bananas, peeled 1/2 tsp. each cinnamon and vanilla 1/2 cup of dried pitted dates 1 cup of frozen cherries 1 cup of ice cubes Easy Refresher 1-1/2 cups fresh spinach 1 peach, peeled, pit removed 3 sprigs mint Cucumber Cooler 1 cucumber 1 green apple 1/2 cup fresh basil 1/2 lime, peeled Green and Sweet 1/2 honeydew melon, peeled and seeded 1 pear 1/2 cucumber Melon and Ginger Smoothie 1-1/2 cups honeydew or cantaloupe 1/2 cup banana slices 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt 1/2 cup ice cubes 1/4 tsp. grated, fresh ginger Apple Kale Smoothie 1/2 cup water 1 cup of green grapes 1/2 orange, peeled and seeded 1/2 green apple, halved and seeded 2 cups kale 2 cups ice cubes

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