As parents, we tend to take care of everyone else first. That means we get the leftovers. Making these smoothies on a regular basis is my way of being good to myself. This way I get what I need while also using up healthy food items that have been left behind. A knob of ginger. One bruised banana. Or perhaps that lemon rolling around in the fruit bowl, or that leftover spinach that needs using up today.
If I am carrying a heavy workload, I will make a smoothie before bed and grab it as I head out the door. They are cleansing, energizing, and healing. Green smoothies have honestly changed my life.
Greens that are high in iron, like spinach, are absorbed more easily by your stomach when eaten with an acid like lemon juice or apple cider vinegar.
Photograph by Reena Newman
My Green Smoothie
- 2 1/2 cups cold water
- 1 lemon juiced
- 1-inch knob ginger, roughly chopped
- 1 small apple, skin on roughly chopped
- 4-inch piece piece cucumber, chopped about 1/3 cucumber
- 1/2 banana
- 2 cups packed spinach and/or kale or beet greens
- 1/2 cups parsley stems ok too
- 1 scoop favourite protein powder optional
- 1-2 Tbsp ground flax optional
- Fill a blender with the water and lemon juice.
- Add in remaining ingredients starting with the denser ones, like the ginger and apple. Blend until you have a smoothie-like consistency, 1–3 minutes depending on the brand of blender.