The sun is glistening. The birds are chirping. The air is light. No, you’re not in a Disney movie—though we wouldn’t blame you for thinking that’s the case. These are the welcome signs that spring is finally here.
It’s impossible not to feel a bit more optimism and inspired when spring rolls around, which is a mood that extends into the kitchen, too. And the best way to channel that newfound energy is by taking advantage of the new crop of local, seasonal produce—which is not only better for the environment, but more nutritious as well.
Best of all? Incorporating these colourful, flavourful whole foods into your repertoire is so easy. All you need is a Vitamix blender, which boasts easy-to-use features and a super-powered motor that takes the hard work out of…pretty much anything culinary.
To ring in the new season, we’ve rounded up four low-effort, high-reward recipes for you to try in this spring.
Mix up your smoothie rotation
A quick and easy smoothie is a classic for a reason, but we can’t blame you if you don’t want to drink the same one every day. Switch things up with this vibrant Blackberry Beet Smoothie Bowl. Almond yogurt ups the creamy factor, while blackberries, peach slices, beets and chia seeds add thickness and nutrition. And your Vitamix? Well, it will make sure everything comes together as smoothly as possible.
To liven up salads
There’s no denying that salads are good for you, but they’re not always the most fun thing to eat. No more with this delightfully earthy and citrusy lemon grain salad with kale pesto, which subs traditional basil with the nutritious leafy green. Use your Vitamix to blitz kale, fresh lemon juice and olive oil to make an irresistible dressing, and drizzle it over some barley for a hearty and guaranteed-to-be-satisfying dish that’s ready in no time.
For a seasonal soup
The end of winter doesn’t have to—and shouldn’t—mean the end of your soup-eating days until the cold returns. This bright and seasonally appropriate spring soup blends some of your fave spring veggies, like leeks, green onions, watercress and russet potatoes, into one bowl. Simply add your cooked-through ingredients into a Vitamix for a seamless lump-free consistency, and serve while hot or chilled.
Try a feel-good treat
Can’t resist a sweet snack? You’re not alone. Try puréeing some of your favorite frozen fruit, like strawberries, with some maple syrup. Then, pour your mixture into an ice cube tray and pop it into the freezer. Once frozen solid, attach the shredding disk to your Vitamix Food Processor Attachment, then feed the cubes through the food chute, using the food pusher as needed. The ice will be rapidly broken up, and you’ll be left with a delicious whole-fruit shaved-ice treat.
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