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5 seasonal smoothies

By: Enrique Gili on Sept. 15, 2012, 2:09 p.m.
A red-purple smoothie in a clear glass surrounded by beets, carrots, ginger roots, lemons, and a jar of honey

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A treat any time of year

Smoothies hit the sweet spot between convenience food and better nutrition for noncooks and the time-pressed. With a little bit of imagination you can enjoy them year round, pairing seasonal fruits and vegetables with basic ingredients like milk, yogurt, ice and bananas. Produce picked at the height of its season tastes better and costs less than at other times of the year, making it well worth the few minutes of kitchen time needed to create smoothies from scratch.