A Word on Farmer’s Markets (plus a Berry Kale Smoothie)

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Drinks, Recipes, Smoothies | April 11, 2016 | By

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uprooted kitchen

Finally got to try Uprooted Kitchen!

I’m sure by now you’ve heard: Buying Local is Better. Lower emissions, higher nutrient count, and helping to stimulate the local economy.. I just don’t understand! What keeps people buying shitty produce from huge, overpriced grocery store chains? Even “Natural” and Organic grocers ship a majority of their produce in from across the globe! Think that’s fresh?
The average apple at a grocery store is 14-months old.
Most produce at a Farmer’s Market has been harvested within the last 24-48 hours.

tomatoes“But Where can I get fresh, local, or organic produce!?”

I’m guilty of it myself. I get busy (or just lazy) and find myself in the same grocery-store aisle looking at the same grocery-store produce. Feeling uninspired by the bland supermarket, I went and found a farmer’s market locator!
Instead of the same two markets I knew of, I discovered a whopping 61 listings! My standard excuse of not having certain days off was quickly dispelled. There is a local farmer’s market almost every day of the week. Talk about fresh!
If Arizonians can brave 110º summer days for quality produce, anyone can!

 

vegan french toast from uprooted kitchen

French Toast from Uprooted Kitchen

So much more than amazing local produce!

It was a blast checking out the Gilbert, Arizona Farmer’s Market. Puppy-princess Athena tagged along as Cameron and I and explored the many booths and farm stands. Aside from all the delicious vegan food we ate (yay!), we bought handcrafted tea, stunning houseplants, and loads of beautiful produce. We couldn’t leave without organic dog treats for the spoiled pooch, too!

 

kale

One thing we noticed was that not every farm was Certified Organic. The farmers explained that they follow all the regulations for organic farming, but lack funding to afford the certification process.
This tends to be a touchy subject.. I’ve found that a lot of organic supporters believe in strictly (and blindly) following the symbol. Personally, I would rather support a local, organically-grown, family owned farm. The alternative is a huge, company-owned farm that paid to get certified because they know it’s good for marketing.

Rather than stressing too much, just focus on eating real food. Any type of vegetable you eat is better than none!

berry kale smoothieA Berry Kale Smoothie Recipe to use up all these leafy greens!

Anytime I over buy a leafy-green (oops!), I go into full-on Green Smoothie mode! Handfuls of kale, spinach, or even lettuce! As soon as I notice them starting to wilt, I thoroughly wash, tear, and freeze for future smoothie endeavors.
The sweet fruit in this simple berry kale smoothie recipe masks the flavor of the greens perfectly. This is one of my go-to smoothies for after exercise, whipped together in less than 10 minutes!

Wondering why Kale is so awesome? Find out here!

Serves 1 Glass

A Word on Farmer’s Markets (plus a Berry Kale Smoothie)

The sweet fruit in this berry kale smoothie recipe masks the flavor of the greens perfectly. This protein-packed smoothie is one of my favorites after exercise, whipped together in less than 10 minutes!

10 minPrep Time

5 minCook Time

15 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1-2 cups fresh/frozen kale and spinach
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen berries
  • 1 banana
  • 1 scoop vegan protein (unflavored)
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1-2 tablespoons nutritional oil (flax (chia, pumpkin, coconut, algae, etc.))
  • Coconut water or soy milk

Instructions

  1. Place greens into blender first to be weighed down
  2. Toss in the rest of the ingredients
  3. Top off with coconut water or soy milk, just enough to cover the berries
  4. Run until smooth, pour, and enjoy!
Recipe Type: Smoothie
7.6.6
45
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Calories
220 cal
Fat
6 g
Carbs
35 g
Protein
7 g


Click Here For Full Nutrition, Exchanges, and My Plate Info

 

cameron eating kale

Cameron munching on Kale

What are you waiting for!? Get your ass to a Farmer’s Market and Get Your Kale On!

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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