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Green Smoothie

Green Smoothie
 
This smoothie came into my life this past summer.  We’d gone on vacation and overindulged like I’d never had before! It was a wonderful trip, but as soon as we returned home, I felt the need to detox! I bought a few books, did a lot of reading and began drinking green smoothies every morning. After a few days I started feeling so much better. I did find that after some time, my skin was brighter and I felt more energetic.
If you haven’t tried a green smoothie before, you probably made an icky face when you saw this recipe! Although, if you’re still reading this, maybe I can persuade you to give it a try! The first time I tried one, I prepared myself to spit it out! Seriously, I stood in front of the sink! I was completely surprised at just how much I liked it. I’ve tweaked the original recipe that I had tried. There were some things in that recipe that emphasized the “green” taste. I’ve also added some golden flaxseed meal for the healthy fats it contains and additional fiber. I think you’ll find this sweet and refreshing.

Don’t be scared off by the amount of ingredients. This is not a one serving recipe. This will make an entire pitcher full that can last you two or three days. I like to make a batch, have a large glassful for breakfast, then put the rest in a large glass jar and refrigerate.  

You can play around with these ingredients. Sometimes I add kale in place of the spinach or in addition to it. Try to add whatever seasonal fruits you enjoy. I’ve made so many versions of this. 
I’ll pass them on to you from time to time. 
 


Green Smoothie

1 C. water
6 ice cubes
3 – 4 C. baby spinach
4 -5 sprigs parsley
5 – 6 large stalks of romaine lettuce
1 organic apple, core removed, cut into large wedges
1 organic, ripe pear, core removed, cut into large wedges
1 very ripe banana
1 t. organic golden flaxseed meal (I use Bob’s Red Mill)
juice of one small lemon or half of a large lemon

Put the ingredients in the order listed into the blender up to the parsley. Blend on high until liquified, then add the romaine. Once that is liquified, add the rest of the ingredients and blend on high until nice and smooth.

If you’d like the smoothie a bit colder, serve over ice.

About 3 very large servings.



Notes:

  • If you do not have organic apples or pears, peel the skins before blending, otherwise, no need to peel.
  • The smoothie will retain its nutrients for 2 to 3 days max. Be sure to give your leftovers a good shake before serving.  
  • You can use two apples instead of the pear, try using one sweet red apple and one tart green apple!
  • Keep in mind…if you add something like blueberries…well, this won’t be a “green” smoothie!  I’ve tried it, and although it tasted amazing, the color was an interesting brown!  





Kale and Pear Salad

Kale and Pear Salad
This salad is kind of a nutritional overachiever. There are so many super-foods incorporated in it, but they are not all there just for the health of it! They all add flavors that compliment each other. It really is a delicious salad, but honestly, it just makes me feel so good that I’ve had a super healthy lunch. In fact, while photographing, I felt the  need to perform some “quality control” and couldn’t stop myself (see photo below). At that point, I just hoped I’d gotten enough photos that I’d be able to use!

Let me just tell you about some of the powerhouse ingredients in this salad. We’ve all heard a lot about kale lately. It is one of the most nutrient dense foods. It’s incredibly high in Vitamins K, A and C, fiber and antioxidants. It can lower cholesterol, reduce your risk of some cancers and can detox our bodies if eaten regularly. Honestly, there are so many health benefits to eating kale, you can read more about it at WHFoods.

Then there is the apple cider vinegar. Vinegar a powerhouse? Yes! If you use the raw and unfiltered type. It’s full of beneficial enzymes. I like Bragg’s. You’ve got to try it. It really does have a great, bright and apple-y flavor. You’ll never use any other cider vinegar again. You can find it in the organic section of your local store or on  Bragg’s website.
I also use chia seeds in this salad dressing. Chia seeds are flavorless, but they absorb a huge amount of liquid and become gelatinous. They are another super-food full of omega-3′s and 6′s, antioxidants and fiber. They are considered even more nutritious than flaxseed. They seem to thicken the dressing just enough to make it adhere much nicer to the greens and they do not alter the flavor at all. I like TruRoots Organic Chia Seeds.

Apple Cider and Chia Dressing

Apple Cider and Chia Dressing

1/3 C. organic raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar
2/3 C. extra virgin olive oil
1/2 t. sea salt
1/4 t. freshly ground black pepper
2 t. Dijon mustard
1 t. honey
1 T. chia seeds
Combine all ingredients in a cute jar with a tight lid (they don’t get cuter than Bonne Mamman). Shake well.
This makes a lot of dressing. You’ll love it on any of your green salads!
Chia Seeds

Kale and Pear Salad

1 bunch of kale, washed and stems removed
1 pear, sliced into segments
handful of pomegranate arils
1/4 C. toasted and salted pepitas
freshly shaved Parmesan
Apple Cider and Chia Dressing (recipe above)
After you’ve removed the stems from the kale, soak the leaves in water while you prepare the other ingredients. Soaking revives the leaves making them crisp. When ready, use a salad spinner to get the leaves nice and dry.
Arrange the salad on individual plates, topping each with about two tablespoons of dressing. Use more or less as you like.

 Notes:

  • Most grocery stores carry a lot of these items in their organic section now, but you can make this salad your own, using just the ingredients you want. The dressing specifically, works with or without the chia seeds.