Energy-Boosting Green Smoothie

I love green juice, but we don’t have a juicer, so I started making this green ‘smoothie’ in my blender. I don’t bother peeling the fruits and vegetables because the skins are packed with nutrients. This drink isn’t intended to be very sweet, but feel free to play around with the combo of greens and fruit to get the flavor you like.


Serves 2 
1/2 cucumber, cut into 1-inch chunks 
2 ribs celery, cut into 1-inch chunks 
1 ripe pear or 1 Granny Smith apple, cored and cut into 1-inch chunks 
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (1 lemon) 
In a high-powered blender, combine the cucumber, celery, pear or apple, and lemon juice and pulse until combined. Add the kale, spinach, parsley, and 1/4 cup water and push down on the mixture with a wooden stick or the end of a wooden spoon. Pulse several times to combine, then blend until smooth, adding a little more water if you want a thinner consistency. Pour into glasses and serve immediately.

Reprinted with permission from The Yellow Table  published by Sterling Epicure, an imprint of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. © Anna Watson Carl. Photography by Signe Birck

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