It's hard to believe, but summer is over and fall has appeared. 

I loved walking my dog to my local farmer's market and picking up fresh produce and big leafy heads of romaine lettuce, kale, greens of all kinds and whipping them in to lovely green smoothies.

I do have a confession to make.  I did very little micro green growing over the summer.  There was so much at the market's, and my heart was into supporting our local farmers and taking advantage of all the great fresh produce.

But, my heart has now come home.  The greens are ready to start sprouting and my body is ready to start benefiting from all those micro nutrients again.

I found another favorite this year to add to my smoothies.  Dandelions!  Yes, your common dandelion so many people put chemicals on top of to try to rid them from their yard.  I am a bit ashamed to admit, that I used to be one of those.  But for the last few years, I have stopped chemical application for the sake of our health and our planet earth.

Now, I am very excited to grow some micro greens and add some FREE dandelions to my smoothie.  I'm not sure how long I will have to continue to be able to harvest my dandelions until the harsh weather sets in, but I'm going to take advantage of it now while I can.  My smoothies are going to be so nutrient dense, I just won't be able to stand it.  This is reason to shout for joy!


 
Here's a great way to use the last of your green harvest.
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Spinach Pesto

10 oz./310g
spinach, fresh 
3 oz./90g 
pine nuts, toasted
3 oz./80ml
extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup/60g
parmesan cheese
3   
garlic cloves
1/2 oz./15g
fresh lemon
1/2 cup/15ml
water, as needed
 sea salt to taste
   cracked white pepper to taste




Yield: 3 cups / 750mlSecure lid on Vita-Prep® container. Set speed controls to Variable, #3. While machine is running, feed cheese through lid. Gradually increase speed to Variable, #8 for 10 seconds until finely ground. Add remaining ingredients in Vita-Prep®container. Secure lid. Set speed controls to Variable, #10. Using the Accelerator Tool, press ingredients into the blades until a gritty paste is achieved, approximately 20 seconds. Set speed control to High. Continue to process mixture, adding enough water to achieve desired consistency, approximately 20 seconds. Use Accelerator Tool to press ingredients into blades.
*suggestions: Serve with all types of pastas, use as a plated sauce base for fish, veal or chicken, use in a squeeze bottle as an intense green color addition, accompanying sauce or salad dressing.
 

 

 
This is too good to pass up!

Apple Pie Smoothie 


1 Frozen Banana
½ peeled apple
8 oz apple juice
½ teaspoon cinnamon
pinch nutmeg


Blend. Control the consistency by adding more or less chopped apple. Do not blend too long or you will have a nice warm Apple pie smoothie. Which is pretty good also!
 
This video explains a few benefits of why using green smoothies benefits your health.  Don't forget, whatever green smoothie recipe you use, add a handful of micro greens to put your body in high gear.
 
This a fun recipe I found on the internet.  It uses Heart Healthy Walnuts and utilizes the benefits of soaking/sprouting the nuts.

Pear Walnut Pancakes

This is a great recipe for breakfast, or you can try it out during the afternoon or evening to spice things up.

You will need:

  • 1 ripe pear
  • 1 cup walnuts (soaked for 6 hours and then drained)
  • 1 cup pine nuts
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
The directions:

Add all the ingredients to your blender and blend until you have created a smooth batter, without noticeable lumps. On a solid dehydrator sheet, pour dollops the size of silver dollars. Place in your dehydrator for about 6 hours, or until one side is dry. Flip the pancakes over and repeat until the other side has dried.


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This is a wonderful recipe.  With our local farmer's markets in full bloom, we can take advantage of all the yummy fruits and vegetables available.  Try something different and experience the joy!

KALE AND PEAR SMOOTHIE


Yield: 4 cups (960 ml)

Variable to High 1 1/2 minutes

Ingredients:

1 cup (160 g) green grapes
1 orange, peeled
1/2 Bartlett pear
1 banana, fresh or frozen, peeled
1 cup (70 g) kale
1/2 cup (120 ml) water
2 cups (480 ml) ice cubes  

1. Place all ingredients into the Vita-mix container in the order listed and secure lid.
2. Select Variable 1.
3. Turn machine on and quickly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.
4. Blend for 1 1/2 minutes or until desired consistency is reached.

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Health Classification: Diabetic Friendly, Low Fat, Low Sodium, Low Cholesterol, Heart Healthy, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Vegan, Raw  Meal Type: Green Smoothies, Beverages 



Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 cup (240 ml) Amount Per Serving Calories 102   % Daily Value* Total Fat 0g Saturated Fat 0g Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 10mg Total Carbohydrate 26g Dietary Fiber 3g Sugars 16g   Protein 2g   *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on you calorie needs:
 
Calories:
2000 2500 Total Fat Less than 65g 80g Sat Fat Less than 20g 25g Cholesterol Less than 300mg 300mg Sodium Less than 2,400mg 2,400mg Total Carbohydrate 300g 375g Dietary Fiber 25g 30g Calories per gram: Fat 9
Carbohydrate 4 Protein 4
 
I like this video as it shows a small setup in a tight space.
What do you think?