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Sample Beginner recipe:
1 of each: banana, apple, pear
1/2 bunch spinach, de-stemmed
2-3c water
any optional ingredients

Sample Not-So-Beginner recipe:
2 mangoes, peeled, pitted
1 bunch rainbow chard, de-stemmed
2-3c water
any optional ingredients

Sample Advanced recipe:
1 pear, de-stemmed, seeded
1 bunch kale
2c water
any optional ingredients

Green Smoothies (r/v)
Green smoothies are how I start my day. Perfect breakfast replacement and often fills me past lunch. This is the perfect way to get those dark leafy greens everyone’s telling you to eat – in huge quantities, and in a form that allows your body to soak up all that nutritional goodness. Read more about why green smoothies.

Create from this Base Recipe:
1-6* pieces of Fruit (e.g. apple, pears, banana, berries, mango, pineapple)
1 bunch, dark leafy green (e.g. kale, chard, collard, beet greens, spinach, romaine lettuce, dandelion greens)
2-4c water
(optional) Ice – replace some water with ice if you plan to drink immediately
(optional) thumb size piece of ginger
(optional) super foods (e.g. maca powder, flax seed, goji berries, chia seeds, hemp seeds, blue-green algae)
(optional) green powders (e.g. I alternate between Health Force Nutritionals’ Vitamineral Green Green Smoothies and their Spirulina Azteca Green Smoothies)

  1. Put everything in your Vitamix or blender (not a juicer, a blender) and blend (<1min in a Vitamix).
  2. Enjoy! If you make ahead of time, keep in mind it loses nutritional value with each day so plan to drink within 3 days or freeze and defrost the day/night before.

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Notes:
(a) If you are blending using anything other than a Vitamix, I might only use the leaves of the greens, otherwise you may end up having to chew your smoothie. Experiment and see. With a Vitamix I use everything, leaves and stems.

(b) *Start with the amount of fruit you need to get the level of sweetness that will allow you to actually enjoy the smoothie. Over time as your palate changes (and it will! your body will crave the greens not the fruit which is better for your health) decrease the amount of fruit you use.
When I started, I used 2 bananas, 2 apples, 2 pears, plus 2-4c water and 1 large bunch of greens. Now I can’t bare that much sweetness and use something like the “Advanced” recipe in the sidebar.

(c) Bananas are a great base for sweetness. I find rainbow chard, spinach, and romaine to be more mild and easier to begin with and my current favorites are Kale, Beet greens, and Dandelion greens. Kale takes the cake!

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