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The 2014 Farmers Almanac
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Tasty Blender Beverages for Fall!

Tasty Blender Beverages for Fall!

The four seasons yield a cornucopia of flavorful produce. Do you wish you had the time to chop a big bowl of assorted fruits every morning? Got a minute? Let the blender do the work for you. With a trusty blender at your fingertips, you can enjoy a variety of delicious fresh fruits and vegetables through the seasons.

Smoothies and other blender beverages provide delicious nutrients to supercharge the mind and body in the morning. Downing an energy drink after an exhausting workout will help to replenish minerals and rejuvenate. There’s nothing like ending a stressful day with a luscious smoothie. Blender beverages pack nutritious ingredients in quantities that your family might not otherwise consume daily. Sip through each season’s sensational flavors and achieve a healthier, more vibrant you!

Blender Beverage Basics

Great tasting beverages start with quality ingredients. Fresh or frozen produce works equally well when making delicious drinks.

It’s not necessary to peel apples, pears, peaches, plums or to skin tomatoes beforehand. However, you may consider removing them if the produce isn’t organic, to avoid ingesting pesticides.
Remove seeds and stems from produce before adding to the blender to reduce wear on the blades and to avoid adding a bitter taste to your drink concoction.

Never start a blender until the ingredients have been added and the lid is firmly in place.

Always start a blender on the lowest setting and increase speed slowly, especially when ice cubes or frozen ingredients are included.

Transform any beverage into a smoothie by adding ice cubes and substituting frozen fruit for fresh. To convert a smoothie recipe to a liquid beverage, use fresh produce or juice instead of frozen and omit ice or yogurt from the recipe.

Never leave a blender when it is in operation, for any reason.

Here are a few blender recipes perfect for fall:

Spiced Tea (Hot or Iced)
To blender add:
2 cups brewed tea
1 orange, peeled, quartered and seeds removed
1 small apple, peeled and cored
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon powder
Honey or sugar, to taste

Blend ingredients on low. Increase blender speed slowly to high until beverage is smooth, approx. 45 seconds.  Sweeten to taste as desired.

Note:
To make Hot Spiced Tea, add freshly brewed hot tea to the blender with remaining ingredients and serve immediately. To make Iced Spiced Tea, add 7 ice cubes to the blender with chilled tea and other ingredients and blend.

Sweet Potato Pie in a Glass 

Featuring the Fantastic Flavors of the Thanksgiving Feast
Yield: 2 1/2 cups
Add to blender and whip until smooth and creamy:
1 cup sweet potatoes, baked, cooled and peeled (great use of leftover potatoes)
2 frozen oranges (Peel oranges, place in freezer overnight)
1/2 tablespoon pecan meal
1/4 cup grapefruit juice
1 tablespoon coconut flakes
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup almond milk or your milk preference
1/4 cup vanilla yogurt
1/8 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Note: To use fresh peeled oranges instead of frozen add ice cubes to the blender with the other ingredients. You can substitute canned sweet potatoes or pumpkin puree for the baked sweet potatoes.

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