Fruitful Flavors

Peaches and “Cream” Smoothie

Peaches and "Cream" smoothie

Here’s a filling peach smoothie with a subtle, mellow flavor from coconut yogurt. Use only lush, ripe summer peaches or nectarines for this refreshing treat. more→

10 Fresh Peach Recipes for Summer

Tomato and Peach Salad

Late July into August is when peaches taste as they should — no more buying them hard as rocks and waiting for them to ripen into mush! Look for locally grown (and organic) peaches, if at all possible. They should have a little give when you press them. Aside from eating out of hand, consider some of these fresh peach recipes for your summer pleasure. By the way — any recipe that calls for peaches is just as good with nectarines as long as you remember the ideal trio: local, organic, and ripe.

Summer Tomato and Peach SaladThis late summer salad, shown at top, is perfect for using ripe tomatoes and peaches of the garden or farm market variety— not the kind that come with stickers on them! Fresh local tomatoes and peaches seem to reach their peak of flavor at the same time, and are a surprisingly compatible duo. Walnuts or pecans add a surprising twist to this easy salad. more→

Fresh Peach Chutney

Fresh Peach chutney

Peach season is frustratingly short — that is, that brief period when fresh peaches from your local area are available, not the perfect-looking fruit that’s shipped across the country hard as rocks. These ripen into mush, often not very flavorful mush as well. Look for peaches at your local farm markets that already have some give when pressed lightly. They’re just right for making fresh peach chutney.

Lots of chutneys are cooked down, but why go there? This combination of fresh fruit (nectarines are just as good here as peaches) and chile peppers strikes just the right balance of sweet and spicy, making a fantastic relish to serve alongside grilled vegetables, curries, and samosas (we used frozen samosas for this delicacy — no way we could have made better ones from scratch!). more→

Refreshing Green Lemonade

Green lemonade with sprouts and cucumber

A trio of cleansing veggies—cucumber, lettuce, and sprouts—result in a great green lemonade.This blended juice is incredibly refreshing on a hot summer day, but can be used year-round as a tonic, especially on a day when you feel you’ve eaten too much. Try some of the variations suggested, or alter it to suit your taste. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

Mango Papaya Smoothie Bowl

Mango Papaya Smoothie Bowl

If you’re new to smoothie bowls, you’ll soon understand their their appeal. This one combines two juicy tropical fruits, mango and papaya. Add-ins are the best part of smoothie bowls, making them a little more interesting, better-looking, and possibly more filling too (depending on said toppings)?

Speaking of toppings, choose as many or as few as you’d like; just don’t skip the beautiful golden syrup to add a little sweetness, tartness and flavor boost. You can replace the coconut milk with any unsweetened plain vegan yogurt you like. If the results are too thick for your taste, you can thin them out with an unsweetened plain plant-based milk of choice. more→

Strawberry-Watermelon Slush (with ACV option)

Strawberry-Watermelon Slush

There are few beverages more hydrating for summer’s hottest days than a fresh watermelon slush. With added strawberries, this semi-frozen sweet drink will keep you cool and refreshed. If you’d like, give it a probiotic boost with a little raw organic apple cider vinegar — its benefits are legion, and you’ll hardly taste it! more→

Green Smoothies That Don’t Taste Green at All

Fresh green smoothie outdoors

There’s nothing quite like the invigorating color of bright green smoothies. Just looking at the deep chlorophyll green makes you feel healthy. But looking at it reminds you of the taste of spinach or what you would imagine grass to taste like.

Actually, a brilliant green smoothie can taste amazing. Added flavors like spices, berries and tropical fruits can make a green smoothie taste divine. So below are several types of green smoothies that don’t taste green. more→

Pomegranate, Berry & Avocado Smoothie

Pomegranate smoothie

January is spring cleaning time for the body. Getting plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet is highly recommended because they bring with them many health benefits. An easy way to consume lots of different plant-based foods in one sitting is to make smoothies. They take very little time to prepare and taste absolutely delicious. more→

The One Tonic: Turmeric, Ginger, Lemon, Rooibos Tea & ACV

Ginger-lemon, rooibos, and turmeric tonic

Here on VegKitchen, reader come in droves for our posts on ginger-lemon tea, rooibos tea, and apple cider vinegar. These teas, infusions, and tonics are awesome in and of themselves, and if you’re anything like me, you want all of them as part of your regimen!

But how many beverages can a person squeeze into one day added to all the plain water we’re supposed to drink? My solution was to invent the “one tonic,” which combines all of these amazing ingredients in one bracing beverage. And this combo of ginger, lemon, turmeric, rooibos tea, and apple cider vinegar is indeed bracing! If you like these flavors separately, you’ll love them together. more→

Apple Cider “Ginger Ale”

Apple Cider beverage

This bracing apple cider ginger ale beverage has lots of good things in it — ginger, apple cider vinegar, and lemon juice. This just might become your go-to tonic! You can drink it straight, without the seltzer, if you don’t want the fizz. And you can warm it gently (don’t boil) if you want to drink it hot. Make sure to see the variations below the recipe box.

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie

Peanut and jelly smoothie

Based on the famous PB&J sandwich and full of nutrition, this berry smoothie is antioxidant rich. And peanut butter gives you protein and fiber as well as well as vitamin E, B6 and magnesium. Recipe and photo from How to Be a Smoothie Criminal by James McLoughlin, published by Green Press. Reprinted by permission. Subscribe to Green Press and get this pdf e-book at no cost! more→

4 Vegan Coffee Smoothies for Summer Refreshment

Coffee and Banana Smoothie

A great cup of coffee is the best way to begin your day. However, some people would prefer a smoothie for their breakfast. What if you could combine the two in one delicious blend? The caffeine in your java will get you started,and the energy packed into fresh fruits that will keep you moving. If you’re on a plant-based diet, you’ll love these five coffee vegan smoothies. Try them all this summer! Recipes contributed by Gimoka.

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