June is National Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month, and we're giving you the ripest, greenest, and best produce there is to suit your needs.
We're starting off with the best fruits and vegetables to consume when you're feeling exhausted and in need of an energy boost. People with hectic daily schedules sometimes find themselves lost for strength and stamina long before the week ends. If this happens to you a little bit too often, feel free to whip up these simple recipes to get your energy back up where you need it to be!
Tales of a Kitchen has a recipe for a green smoothie that combines fresh fruits (bananas and strawberries) with Matcha green tea for a super-energizing drink that will keep you on top of your tasks for the day.
Energizing and antioxidant mint Matcha fruit smoothie from Tales of a Kitchen
Handful of fresh mint leaves
1 orange, peeled & pitted
handful of strawberries
1 tsp Matcha green tea
1 TBSP chia seeds
1 cup water
Deliciously Sprinkled has a very different green smoothie recipe that owes its yellow-green color to spinach, mango, pineapple and bananas.
Energizing Green Smoothie from Deliciously Sprinkled
2 cups fresh spinach
2 cups water
1 cup frozen mango
1 cup frozen pineapple
2 Tablespoons chia seeds
This next smoothie is almost a dessert and is a sure hit among peanut butter lovers. It features a combo of protein-rich peanuts and almond milk with potassium-packed bananas.
Protein-Packed Peanut Butter Smoothie with Cinnamon from Organic Authority
2 frozen bananas, chopped
2 tablespoons peanut butter
2 cups unsweetened almond milk
¼ tsp cinnamon
⅛ tsp pure vanilla extract
Who says cookie monsters can't have their own load of energy boost? This cookie recipe from How Sweet Eats is packed with blueberries that supplies the body with multivitamins that can unlock energy. Munch on these babies for an extra kick of power throughout the day.
Brown Sugar Blueberry Cookies from How Sweet Eats
1 stick butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 tablespoon milk
3/4 cup fresh blueberries
TIP: Use a silicone mat when making cookies to make them easier to take off from the pan.
Know someone who can use a boost of energy? Sharing is CARING! :-)