Sunday, March 9, 2014

A Sunday Smoothie in Shades of Green (Kale, Pear & Cucumber)

Smoothie break! I know that I promised not to make this blog an all-blender recipe trove, but I just had to share our latest green wonder from the Vitamix. Kale, which is of course super healthy and all the rage these days, becomes much more palate-friendly when combined with very ripe, sweet green pears. Throw in some cucumber, celery, and a splash of lemon or lime juice, and you have a lightly sweet and energizing low-cal drink. The pretty green hue doesn't hurt either.

Green Smoothie with Kale, Pear, Cucumber, and Celery will give you an instant boost! Photo: NK

Shades of Green Kale, Pear & Cucumber Smoothie
Adapted from Giada's Feel Good Food, Giada De Laurentiis
Serves 2-3

2 Green Pears, such as Anjou, cored, seeded and chopped
4-5 inch length of Seedless Cucumber (Hothouse/English), chopped
1 small Celery Stalk, chopped
1 Cup packed Baby Kale or Chopped Kale Leaves (ribs removed)
1 Cup Ice
1/2 Cup Water
Optional Squeeze of Lemon or Lime Juice
Optional Sweetener to taste - add a bit of light Agave or Honey if you like it sweeter

Place all ingredients in a high-powered blender (particularly Vitamix) and blend until smooth! Taste and add optional Lemon or Lime Juice and/or additional sweetener if you like. It should be sweet enough with just the ripe pears. To your health! 

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