Kale, Apple, and Ginger Smoothie 1 large smoothie 1/2 medium apple, cored and roughly chopped 5 1/4-inch slices cucumber Juice of half a lemon 1 heaping tablespoon roughly chopped fresh ginger 1 large handful baby kale, spinach, or other green of your choice 1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional) Water

Kale, Apple, and Ginger Smoothie

Kale, Apple, and Ginger Smoothie

Today is the day – I finally start school! I’m weirdly nervous even though all I really have to do on the first day is show up.

As much as I enjoyed my long break, I definitely thrive on routine so I’m happy to get started. Lately, I’ve been trying to make green smoothies part of my morning routine. I first blogged about them last year when I had just started adding spinach to my smoothies every once in awhile. Well, now I’m really into it. In fact, I debated getting a juicer awhile back but then decided to start experimenting with more juice-style smoothies in my vitamix instead. (I have to draw a line on kitchen appliances at some point…though I still kind of want one.)

These “juice-style” smoothies are a bit more savory than you might expect from a smoothie, but I’ve grown to love them. This kale, apple, and ginger smoothie is one of my favorites.

Kale, Apple, and Ginger Smoothie

I take a huge handful of baby kale (most other greens work, too) and blend it with fresh apple, lemon juice, cucumber, and ginger. I add just enough water to get it blended, and usually some chia seeds for some added nutrition.

Kale, Apple, and Ginger Smoothie

Because I’m not a morning person, even on break, I’ve been freezing individual portions of the apple, lemon juice, ginger, and cucumber. That way, all I have to do in the morning is throw it into the blender and add some kale and water. It also has the added benefit of keeping the smoothie nice and cold as it blends.

Kale, Apple, and Ginger Smoothie

Now, I know a smoothie that’s so heavy on vegetables might not sound appealing to everyone, but I think the apple gives the perfect amount of sweetness and the ginger masks any bitterness from the greens. The cucumber provides a slight sweetness, as well.

I usually drink this as part of my breakfast in the morning since it’s not very caloric. I find it really refreshing and invigorating, and I’ve begun to look forward to it every morning. When I start the day with a healthy breakfast, I not only feel better, but I tend to make healthier choices throughout the rest of the day (cliche, but true!)

Kale, Apple, and Ginger Smoothie

Yield: 1 large 2.5 - 3 cup smoothie

Kale, Apple, and Ginger Smoothie

As with all smoothies, feel free to adjust ingredient quantities to your personal taste. This can certainly be made without a high-powered blender (like a vitamix), it just won't be as smooth.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 medium apple, cored and roughly chopped (peeled if not using a high-powered blender)
  • 5 1/4-inch slices cucumber (skin removed if waxy)
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 heaping tablespoon roughly chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 large handful baby kale, spinach, or other green of your choice
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
  • Water

Instructions

  • Freeze the apple, cucumber, lemon, and ginger. Add the frozen mixture to a high-powered blender along with the kale and chia seeds (if using). Add enough water to get it moving and blend on high. Add additional water to reach desired consistency. Serve right away.

Notes

If you don't freeze some of the ingredients ahead of time, just substitute ice for half of the water to make sure the smoothie stays cold as it blends.

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  • http://shikhalamode.com/ Shikha

    This is what I need right now!!

  • Michelle Lahey

    This looks and sounds great! We got a juicer for our wedding which we’ve been loving, but I’ve heard Vitamix works just as well (if not better). Good luck at your first day of school! Can’t wait to hear more about it.

  • Meghan

    We’ve also been trying to do juice style smoothies. I love kale, cuke, ginger, lemon, and lime. I hope your first day went well!

  • http://joanne-eatswellwithothers.com/ Joanne (eats well with others)

    It’s definitely true…if I start my day with a good healthy breakfast, I’m much more likely to follow through than if I start with cake! I love how vibrant this is!!

  • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

    that’s so smart to freeze part of it! Can’t think of a better way to start the day!

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