Healthy Cooking Thursday – Super Green Smoothie

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Happy St. Patty’s Day!  While this holiday has inspired drinkables such as green beer and, ahem, Shamrock Shakes, here at Green Mountain, I can’t think of any way better to celebrate than one of Robyn’s liquid salads.

It may sound odd, but I love these!  To be honest, sometimes even I don’t feel like eating my vegetables.  On those days, this recipe is a great, simple way to still ingest them.  A wonderful way to start the day, and a perfect mid-afternoon pick-me-up, the ginger and lemon awaken your senses, impart an energetic sensation (with or without the green tea), and leaves you feeling, well, AWESOME.  When you pay attention to how food makes you feel, you begin to realize that produce is most definitely your friend.

While Robyn gave a basic guideline for these a while back, here are some measurements for those of you who are particular like that.  Keep in mind, however, that not all produce is created equal: sometimes the ginger has more bite, the lemon is less juicy, or the apples are more tart or sweet, so it’s a good idea to keep a few ingredients on hand to adjust the flavor if necessary (i.e. honey, another lemon).

Robyn’s Super Green Smoothie – about 4 servings

2 cups kale, washed very well
2 apples, cored
1 kiwi, peeled
1 piece of ginger, about the size of the tip of your thumb from the knuckle
juice of one lemon
2 teaspoons fresh mint, cilantro, or basil, or 4 teaspoons parsley
1-2 cups green tea or water, depending on desired consistency and juiciness of produce

Puree in a blender (a food processor will not do in this case) and enjoy immediately.

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