Drink Du Jour: Green Smoothie

8:04 AM

Everyone knows greens are good for you, and it seems a lot of people are forsaking the scrambled eggs or cereal for breakfast and starting the day with a lean, green smoothie. Am I the only one not on the juicing bandwagon these days? It just seems like a whole new expensive piece of kitchen equipment I won't really use all that much, so I like that this recipe is blender-friendly. My friend Becca did a 'green drink' cleanse a few weeks ago, and she nearly gagged every time she took a sip of her liquid concoction. Apparently the kale and lemon made for one extremely bitter, nasty drink. I believe it 100%. This recipe looks like it has plenty of naturally sweet stuff in it....should make sipping and slimming down a whole lot more enjoyable. Another bonus of this recipe? The carotenoids found in kale are the bomb diggity for your skin...prepare to get glowing.

Ingredients:
1 cup cleaned spinach leaves, firm packed
1 cup cleaned kale, rough chop, firm packed
1 cup green seedless grapes
1 Bartlett pear, core, stem and seeds removed
1 orange, peeled and quartered
1 banana, peeled
1 teaspoon chia seeds
1⁄2 cup water
2 cups ice

Recipe by Jim Perko, C.E.C., for the Cleveland Clinic Lifestyle 180 program via YouBeauty

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9 comments

  1. love my green drinks in am...feel so much better all day.try it.

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  2. Yum! I've totally been into juicing after I watched the documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. Definitely made me think more about what I was putting into my body.

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  3. Frozen fruit works well in place of ice ..... my green drink recipe: spinach, kale, carrots, frozen pineapple, frozen mango, apple (cored), 1/2 banana and a little water - YUMMY!

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  4. i like carrot, apple, and orange juice, but other then that i prefer smoothies to juices. i used to drink a spinach green juice, but i haven't in awhile. it actually wasn't too bad though! xo

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  5. I taking these smothies for a month and I feeling great, lost a few pounds and I have a lot more energy. I love your recipe, it's quite similiar to mine and I always looking for a change of flavours. My recipe: spinach, kale, mint, lettuce, apple, pear, lime juice, banana and a little water.

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  6. I love green smoothies! My favorite is strawberry + raspberries + a little skim milk + tons of spinach!

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  7. Hmm...I don't ever drink smoothies but this sounds good!

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  8. Oh this sounds so good! We have been obsessed with smoothies over here lately

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