I make some variation of this green smoothie daily. If for whatever reason I don’t get around to it in the morning, we’re inevitably craving one by mid-afternoon. This greenie is our go-to because it tastes great, first and foremost; it has all the health and energy-giving goodness we need to power us through our busy days; and many of the core ingredients — kale, chard, lemon, parsley — are growing in our backyard. Alas, our banana trees have yet to bear fruit, so I buy bananas by the big bunch, wait for them to ripen, peel and freeze them in chunks.
2 cups green leaves — kale, spinach, chard.
5 sprigs parsley
2 tbsp. lemon juice — or lime juice, if you’ve got it!
1 regular orange or 2 to 3 tangerines
2 tbsp. chia seeds
1/2 cup coconut water
1/2 cup ice
optional but recommended: 1 tsp. grated ginger, or a pinch of cayenne pepper
this is more of a greenie template than a greenie recipe. you can add more and different vegetables (cucumber is always a welcome addition), more and different fruit (kiwi, strawberry, mango have been tested and are tasty), and you can leave out or add in different seeds (chia work beautifully, adding protein and thickness to your greenie, but so do hemp seeds).