The day after excess (Thanksgiving) is the day to start eating and drinking cleanly. There is no better time than to adopt a green smoothie into your meal plan.
So what is a green smoothie? It’s a mix of fruits, spices, and something green such as greens from radishes, beets, kale, spinach, chard, celery, cabbage, etc.
I was a tad skeptical but for the sake of this review I decided to try.
I chose the Bone Builder (page 117) because the ingredients were mostly in my refrigerator except for the radishes. According to the book, “With more vitamin C than oranges, the kiwi (or Chinese gooseberry) also has omega 3 fats in its seeds, as well as bone health promoting vitamin K and magnesium. With calcium packed radish leaves, this smooothie is a bonanza for your bones.”
Wow! My bones can use all the help they can get.
Here’s the recipe: (serves 2)
1 tangelo or orange, peeled
1 1/2 cups water
1 or 2 handfuls of radish tops
I changed the recipe for 1 serving and used 1/2 banana, 1 kiwi, 1 tangerine, 1/2 cup water + 1/2 unsweetened coconut milk, and 1 handful of radish tops. I also sprinkled cinnamon because I put cinnamon on practically everything (good for regulating blood sugar). Voila! (see photo) The smoothie was delicious and I will be making a variation of it again.
The book features 52 green smoothie recipes as well as what fruits are available by season plus a glossary for unusual terminology like lamb’s quarters (a summer weed), borage (a bee plant), etc.
The author, Kristine Miles, also wrote the Green Smoothie Bible and lives in Australia which could be why some of greens were foreign to me. Feel free to substitute.
Actually, I got quite a nice glow from all that freshness and best part — you don’t need a fancy-schmancy juicer either.