I am AMAZED by this smoothie. It's 100% natural and is the equivalent of eating a pear, an apple, a banana*, half a bag of lettuce, half a bag of kale and three stalks of celery. More nutrients than some people get in an entire day (or week!) and I got it all in one glass. Thanks Brooke!
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 bunch kale
3-4 stalks organic celery
1/2 head of a large bunch or 3/4 of a small bunch of spinach
1 organic apple, cored and chopped
1 organic pear, cored and chopped
1 organic banana
Juice of 1/2 fresh organic lemon
1/3 bunch organic cilantro (stems okay) (if you know me you know I passed on the cilantro;)
1/3 bunch organic parsley (stems okay)
Add the water and chopped head of romaine to the blender. Starting the blender at low speed, mix until smoothi. Gradually moving to higher speeds, add the celery, apple and pear. Add the cilantro and parsley, if you are choosing to add them. Add the banana and lemon juice last.
Blend until smooth. This may take several minutes and, as smoothies tend to get warmer the longer you blend, be sure to serve over ice. (It makes enough for two smoothies so you can keep the other half in the fridge and won't need ice the second time.)
* Just as olive oil and avocado are "good fat" fruit is "good carbs" and is much healthier than other sources of carbs like rice, bread and pasta. However, for those who prefer to get less sugar from fruit use the chart below to substitute.
Low to Medium in Sugar:
Strawberries, Papaya, Watermelon, Peaches, Nectarines, Blueberries, Cataloupe, Honeydew, Apples, Guavas, Apricots, Grapefruit Fruits
High in Sugar:
Plums, Oranges, Kiwi, Pears, Pineapple
Very High in Sugar:
Tangerines, Cherries, Grapes, Pomegranates, Mangoes, Figs, Bananas