I used to drink a green juice everyday when I lived in New York. I stopped off to get one at my local health food store where Melvin would juice it for me. He was the juice king of the west village and everyone's favorite. He was full of love and Rasta and had a overwhelming warm welcoming smile and made a damn good juice. I wasn't the only one who thought this either as there was always a long line around the store waiting to get Melvin to juice them something good. Since moving out of NYC I was thrilled to know that he had opened his own place - Melvin's Juice Box too. Big up Mel.
Anyway, my point to all this juicing talk is that I used to also juice a ton but then I got pregnant and juicing wasn't appealing to me at all anymore and then I had kids and well let's just say my juicing days over these past few years has been pretty far and few between. I still love a good green juice, don’t get me wrong, it’s just that the amount of produce and time and cleaning the machine and, well, effort, it takes to make one hasn’t been worth it I guess or else I would have been making them, right?
But I've been missing drinking my greens. More specifically, I've been missing how I feel when I drink them. Especially in the morning cause, even though my adorable 9 month old daughter is only waking up one time to nurse at night, I long for something to help rejuvinate my tired ass body to arise and jump into a new glorious mommy duty filled day!
I tried a ton of those green powders but most taste like utter crap and others made my tummy upset and bleck bleck if you try to disguise the taste in a smoothie. SO then, one morning, out of desperation and inspiration I busted out my blender and thus this delicious, green smoothie was born. The best part too is all it takes is a good old fashioned high speed blender! And I must admit, I love this green drink even more then just a plain ole juice. It satisfies me, feels incredible going into my body, nourishes my cells - I feel alive, happy, energized and awake. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Winter Green Smoothie
- 2 cups coconut water ( I use Harmless Harvest)
- 1 medium blood orange or regular, peeled and seeded
- 1/4 of a ripe avocado
- 3 stalks of green kale, stemmed
- 1 green or red apple, cored
- 1 soft large medjool date, pitted
- 1 inch piece of fresh ginger root, peeled
- 1 dime size piece of fresh turmeric root (optional)
Put everything in the blend and blend on high speed until combined. Drink immediatly.