Kale, Apple, Carrot Smoothie

Kale, Apple, Carrot

The more greens you eat, the better you feel.  Kick off 2012 with green smoothies galore!

This veggie blend rocks our world.  Though it may seem like a grown-up blend, even our little tyke, Johnny Red adores it!  We love it even more knowing that the lovely leaves of the kale plant provide more nutritional value for fewer calories than almost any other food around.  We keep purchased carrot juice on hand for convenience to avoid pulling out both the juicer and the blender.  Use this recipe as a launching pad for other creative blends.  We sometimes add chopped fresh ginger, other times fresh parsley, spinach, chard or event Brussel sprouts (1/2 cup/55 g, quartered, for this recipe).  Kale-app-carrot is a divine combination and insanely healthful, too, but customize this recipe to suit your buds.

Kale, apple, carrot

Makes about 3 cups/720 ML; serves 2

1 ½ cups/360 ml fresh-pressed carrot juice
½ cup/120 ml filtered water
1 cup/30 g firmly packed chopped kale leaves, tough stems and spines removed
1 small apple, cored and diced
2 tbsp raw sunflower seeds
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

Combine the carrot juice, water, kale, apple, sunflower seeds, and lemon juice in a blender.  Blend until smooth.  For best results, use a high speed blender such as a Vitamix.

Have you taken the plunge into green smoothie land?  What is your favorite recipe?

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