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Drinking our fruits and veggies is a portable and easy way to add the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables to our diet. Making or buying healthy smoothies and freshly squeezed juices allows you to customize flavors to your individual taste. You can also reduce the amount of sugar by controlling what is added – perfectly making your own custom, healthy drink.
For hundreds of years, Eastern and Mediterranean cultures have served pureed drinks similar to smoothies. In South America, fruit slush, a puree of fresh fruits, is a popular refreshment. Prior to the invention of refrigeration, ingredients were limited to in-season fruits and vegetables. Exotic flavors became more readily available once fruits could be frozen and stored.
A well-known 1960’s bodybuilder, Jack LaLanne was one of the earliest to advocate juicing. He had his own television show and opened the first health and fitness club that promoted healthy eating and juicing. His TV program helped spread the word about juicing and smoothies to body-builders as well as the general public who followed his popular show. Some of his smoothie recipes are still very popular today.
Marco Island’s Summer Day Market and Organic Café offers 30-plus varieties of organic smoothies and fresh squeezed juices. Manager Beth Gerhardstein has been at the store for almost six years and can’t say enough good things about the quality of their menu items. She says, “Our smoothies and juices are 100% organic; free of synthetic additives like chemical pesticides, chemical fertilizers and dyes; most of the drinks are vegan or plant based.” You have the option to add organic smoothie boosters, such as whey protein, vegan protein, spirulina, turmeric, ginger, avocado, raw cacao or almond butter. The choices seem endless. Would you prefer something tropical or would you like berries in your smoothies?
Summer Day Market and Café was recently acquired by Dr. Michael Schulman, a practicing chiropractor and his wife, Angela. According to Sharon Pudleiner, Dr. Schulman’s mother, “When this opportunity opened, they jumped on it. It was a perfect fit for him, as Dr. Schulman and his wife always live a healthy lifestyle.”
What’s so special about Summer Day’s smoothies? According to Beth Gerhardstein, they do not add any additional sugar to their smoothies. The smoothies are sweetened naturally from the fruits. Further, the smoothies are not diluted by ice; instead, the fruits and veggies are kept cold so there is no need to add ice.
Kaylee Kolodziejczyk, a newly transplanted Floridian, ordered the Monkey Business smoothie, made with almond milk, bananas and chocolate syrup. While this is a popular drink for those with sweet tooth, there are many savory options for other tastes. If you prefer to drink your vegetables, try the Turmeric Elixir smoothie with kale, avocado, bananas, turmeric, cinnamon, ginger and almond milk.
Summer Day Market and Café is located at Marco Town Center Mall, 1069 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island. For more information visit summerdaymarket.com or call 239-394-8361.