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A Scottish Green Smoothie

By 1st June 2020 No Comments

Smoothies are a tasty and convenient way to include fruit and vegetables in your diet. However, the ones sold in supermarkets are expensive and tend to be fruit based only. If you have a blender you can make your own ultra-fresh smoothies with seasonal and local produce for a fraction of the cost. Don’t be afraid to experiment with ingredients. It will soon be berry time in Scotland and that will provide loads of scrumptious ingredients such as strawberries, rasps and blueberries. For this smoothie I have avoided the temptation to buy polytunnel grown fruit from the UK, or fruit and vegetables that involve foodmiles (such as the ubiquitous banana). I have used produce from my garden with additional Scottish ingredients. Just bung the ingredients into a blender and 30 seconds later you have a delicious and healthy drink.


  • Rhubarb (2 medium sized stalks cut into small chunks)
  • Parsley (small handful of leaves)
  • Mint (dozen leaves or so)
  • Porridge oats (2 tablespoons)
  • Scottish natural plain yoghurt (2 tablespoons)
  • Tayport Apple Juice (1 cup)
  • Scottish honey (2 teaspoons)


I grew up on a farm in the NE of Scotland so have always had a close affinity to land and growing my own food. As a family we ate only what was in season and preserved fruit and vegetables if there was a glut. I am still passionate about cutting air miles on the food I eat. I’m lucky to live close to the Tayport Community Garden and pop in regularly for advice and produce.

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