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How to Make a Healthy Creamsicle Smoothie

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Creamsicles were a favorite childhood treat – but as an adult, I try to avoid desserts loaded with artificial flavors.

That’s why I decided to experiment and create a healthy creamsicle smoothie recipe. The combination of pineapple and carrots creates a delicious, naturally creamy flavor without dairy. As an added bonus, this recipe is gluten-free and can easily be incorporated into a vegetarian or vegan diet.

What You’ll Need

  • Blender
  • 1.5 cups of pineapple (cubed)
  • A handful of shredded carrots
  • 1 small celery stick (optional)
  • A dash of lemon juice
  • 1 cup of ice

How to Make It

  1. Put the pineapple, shredded carrots, and celery (optional) in the blender. I prefer to shred the carrots (or purchase them pre-shredded) because it helps to create a creamier texture. The celery is optional, but it’s a nice way to add another vegetable to the mix without changing the flavor of the smoothie.
  2. Add the lemon juice. You can use freshly squeezed lemon juice or bottled organic lemon juice.
  3. Add the cup of ice. 
  4. Press the “juice” setting on your blender. If your blender does not have this setting, start at the lowest setting for approximately 10 seconds and slowly increase the speed every 5 seconds after. Stay on the highest setting for about 20 seconds.
  5. Enjoy!

Consume immediately for optimal freshness.

Interview: Sara Polon, Soupergirl

Photo Credit: Geoff Chesman

When it comes to soup, Sara Polon’s got it covered – even in the summer.

As the founder of Soupergirl, Polon has spent the past five years bringing delicious vegan and kosher homemade soups to the DC area, ranging from cool summer gazpachos to hearty winter stews and everything in between. The fresh, seasonal recipes are developed by Polon’s mother Marilyn, who is affectionately known as Soupermom and Soupergirl’s Chief Anxiety Officer.

The business began with informal soup tasting sessions in Polon’s living room and has blossomed into a veritable soup empire with a robust online delivery and grocery retail business, stands at multiple area farmers markets, and, of course, Soupergirl’s flagship store in Takoma Park.

We talked to Polon about her inspirations, her advice on getting into business with family, and why you’ll never see potato gazpacho.

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