Detoxifying Green Apple Smoothie
Detoxifying Green Apple Smoothie- made with spinach, kale, green apple, cucumber, lemon and agave. Packed full of healthy nutrients and cleansing fiber to help you glow from the inside out.
Happy November! I have a feeling this is going to be a good month.
Because anything that starts with an extra hour is always a plus, am I right?
Right, and anything that starts with a detoxifying green smoothie is even better.
Especially if you’re coming off a weekend filled with pizza, wine and candy, like me.
Those of you that follow me on Snapchat (username: makingthyme) might have seen that we spent part of Halloween in Napa, drinking wine, and picked up pizza on the way home from The Cheeseboard in Berkeley…holy cannoli, that’s some good pizza!
As far as the candy goes, I was actually pretty good and only ate one piece, a mini 3 Musketeers…which tasted awful. I’m not sure if it was because it was stale or because my taste buds have become accustomed to high quality candy like Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, but that was enough for me to keep my hands out of the candy bowl.
But either way, if you had too much candy or too many glasses of wine, this detoxifying green smoothie is just what the (holistic) doctor ordered!
The ingredients in this smoothie make it more like a juice, but you don’t need a juicer to make it and you don’t have waste the pulp.
It’s made with two powerhouse greens, kale and spinach which are packed with fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, iron and calcium. Pretty much everything you need to feel to a champ!
Because kale can be a little difficult to break down in a smoothie, a high speed blender works best for this recipe. However, if you don’t have one you can always replace the kale with more spinach.
The touch of sweetness from the agave (or honey, if you’re not vegan) cuts the bitterness of the lemon and the kale, leaving a light and refreshing flavor that’s easy to drink. If you want something a little sweeter to share with your children, you can try adding a half of banana.
Trust me, if you’re feeling a little rundown or in need of a pick-me-up, this is the perfect cure. Cheers to good health!
Detoxifying Green Apple Smoothie
Yield: 12 ounces
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
- 1 cup packed kale leaves, stems removed (or spinach*)
- 1 cup packed spinach leaves
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1 green apple, cored and diced
- 1/2 cucumber
- 1/2 teaspoon agave nectar (or raw honey)**
- 1/2 cup filtered water
- 3 ice cubes*
Cut the cucumber in quarters lengthwise then slice off the inner corner of each one to remove the seeds. Roughly chop it then add to the blender along with the remaining ingredients.
Blend on high until smooth, transfer to a glass with a straw, then let the detox begin!
*Spinach is much easier to drink in smoothie form than the kale so feel free to omit the kale if you like.
**If you’d like to make this a green juice, simply leave out the ice and agave. Use a fine mesh strainer (with a spatula to help it along) or a nut milk bag to separate the pulp. I like to blend the leftover pulp with another 1/2 cup water then strain once more before composting.
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