Hallmark designer Leslie Seibert is behind some of our favorite plush creations. Turns out, she has a real passion for fresh summer fruits and veggies as well. Today she’s sharing four of her favorite smoothie recipes that are vibrant in both color and flavor.
It’s summertime: my most favorite time when fresh fruits and vegetables are plentiful and affordable. I tend to drink my produce in chilled smoothie form during warmer months. And I’m mildly obsessed with using my blender to create flavor and color combinations that are not only delicious but also lovely to behold. Sure, I’ll drink a straight up brown smoothie for the sake of getting my leafy greens. But because it’s possible to achieve equally nutritious results in all the colors of the rainbow, why not mix and match with purpose?
Here are a few simple summer smoothies that please my tastebuds as well as my eyes. I mean it, these are REALLY simple—just two types of fruit and one veggie per recipe. Just toss these into your bender (remember: juicy ingredients go in first, leafy second, and heaviest ingredients on top) and add a few ice cubes and 1/2 cup of water to preserve the naturally bold hues (or coconut milk if you’re in more of a pastel mood).
If you prefer thicker smoothies, you can attempt to use less liquid. Because my blender is far from fancy, I have to add sufficient liquid or blades refuse to move. I used 1/2 cup of water for each of the following recipes.
BLUEBERRY // RED SPINACH // KIWI
- 2 parts blueberry
- 2 parts red heirloom spinach
- 1 part kiwi (peeled and sliced)
GRAPEFRUIT // RASPBERRY // BEET
- 3 parts grapefruit
- 3 parts raspberry
- 1 part beet (peeled and sliced)
MANGO // CARROT // BANANA
- 2 parts mango (peeled and pitted)
- 2 parts carrot
- 1 part banana (peeled)
PINEAPPLE // LEAFY GREENS // GRANNY SMITH APPLE
- 2 parts pineapple
- 2 parts spinach/kale
- 1 part granny smith apple (sliced)
I admittedly focus more on getting the portions right for flavor and color than worrying about how much it’s going to make. Because all fruits and vegetables vary in size, flavor, and color, it’s hard to say exactly how much of each you should use. Taste as you blend until you get the result that suits you. And don’t forget to peel and pit your fruit!
Cool tip: If my blender yields more smoothie than will fill my glass, I pour the rest into ice cube trays (good for adding to future smoothies) or popsicle molds and freeze for later!
Photography by Leslie Seibert.