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All-purpose smoothie

Summer zero waste smoothie recipe
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 5 minutes


  • Blender


  • 1/4 cup Liquid: milk, juice, kombucha, water to the top of the blender blades
  • 1 cup Fruit: bananas, leftover fruit salad, berries, mango, etc. or to taste
  • 1 cup Leafy greens: kale, spinach, mint, etc.
  • Additions: yogurt, protein powder, chia seeds, flaxseed, cocoa, nut butters, sweeteners, spices, ice


  • In the blender jar, add liquid to the top of the blender blades
  • Chop and add fruit. Include 1 c. or more to taste of dark leafy greens. Avoid mixing copious greens with red fruits since red and green makes brown.
  • Add additions to increase thickness, flavor and nutrition. Go easy on sweeteners if you are making a meal replacement and not a dessert.
  • Blend until smooth and thick. Add liquid if the smoothie is too thick. Taste and add ingredients if needed to adjust flavor.


Use smoothies to use up leftover fruit salad, farmer’s market finds (bushel basket of seconds peaches anyone?), and bumper fruit tree harvests from your own trees or your neighbors.
Once you have made a couple of smoothies you will never need a recipe again. As long as the smoothie is thick enough to suit you and tastes good to you, it's a good smoothie. The best smoothies are made with some care to be sure they're attractive and to pay attention to balanced flavors.