As the temperatures start rising my system automatically switches to “craving for smoothies mode” and I love it. I find it much easier to prepare a smoothie than a meal. And with the variety of fruits and veggies now available (hello, farmer’s markets) the options are endless. When it comes to a smoothie I like a little bit of sweetness but not too sweet, so I try to stay away from adding too much stuff aside from the fruits or veggies I am using. So how do I choose the flavors? Produce availability and previous smoothies that I have tried.
|photo via carta buena|
One of my favorite places for smoothies and juices is a little truck juice bar in Rincon, Puerto Rico called Carta Buena. This place is basically a pop-up smoothie/juice bar shack that offers fresh juices and smoothies, as well as a variety of healthy snacks. This place makes some insanely delicious concoctions that are perfect for the locals and visitors alike. Rincon is the Puerto Rican haven for surfers and outdoor activities enthusiasts alike. So this type of place is the perfect spot to get a boost throughout your day. One of my favorite juices there is the Dawn Patrol. When I make it at home, I have to go the smoothie route because I do not have a juicer, which is key in getting the deep color of the Carta Buena juices. But I am able to get the essential: the flavors.
For my version I added the following to a blender: 1 cup carrot-orange juice (no sugar added), 1 starfruit, 1/2 tsp grated ginger and 1/4 tsp turmeric. If you want that smoothie consistency, add some ice and blend the heck out of it!
Have you ever had star fruit?
Ever been to Carta Buena? Ricon?
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