Susanna’s GREEN SMOOTHIE
If possible, try to get as much as you can organic. And if you can’t find all the vegetables, there are a lot of them, no problem. Just double up on similar ones that you have. And again, if possible, soak all the vegetables in a sink full of water with 2 Tablespoons of vinegar. Rinse, dry and use.
I like to saod the onions and garlic in cold water for 15 minutes to remove some of the bite.
If using a high-speed blender, no need to chop the vegetables. If not, chop them up into smaller pieces.
1 one inch piece of fresh ginger, scrubbed but unpeeled
1 one inch piece of fresh turmeric, scrubbed but unpeeled (optional)
1 big handful of fresh spinach, about 2 cups
½ of a large red bell pepper with seeds and ribs, green stem removed
½ of a large cucumber, unpeeled
1-2 celery stalks
½ bunch cilantro with stems, you can sub parsley if preferred or a mixture of both
¼ of a small onion or less to taste, peeled
1 garlic clove. or less according to taste, peeled
1 kale leaf, tough stem removed
1 stem Swiss chard—leafy part removed, which is bitter raw.
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 Tablespoons wheat free tamari, or Coconut Aminos ( find it at the health food store)
¼ cup water or 3 ice cubes
Make the smoothie:
Place everything in a blender and blend until very smooth. You can add water, 2 Tablespoons at a time, to get a thinner consistency, if you like. Store the second serving in the fridge for the next day (no longer) or share with a friend.
Makes 2 servings: YUM!?!
1. A Vitamix or high speed blender
will make this smooth and creamy, even without chopping the vegetables. But if you don’t have one, take the time to cut everything up into smaller pieces.
Organic is best. And if you can, take some time first to soak them in a lot of water in your sink, with a splash of white or apple cider vinegar for 15 minutes. Rinse and use.
3. Now don’t worry if you can’t find all of the ingredients, there are a lot of them. Just double up on similar ones you have.
4. There are raw onion and garlic in this smoothie. If those flavors are too intense for you, feel free to lessen the amount, leave them out, or try this: Cut the onion and garlic up into small pieces and soak in cold water for 15 minutes. I’m not a fan of their sharp, raw bite, so I do this myself.
5. Even though this is drinkable, sometimes I like to eat it like a cold soup, with a spoon.