Can you really call a detox a detox without a glass of something green to kick start the day? Surely not! But life without caffeine is hellish enough without trying to hold my nose and gulp down kale and celery juice, “sweetened” with a bloody carrot. There has to be a compromise, a “beer shandy” of the green juice world if you will. Well here it is, my solution to a green smoothie that doesn’t taste like a blend of earth and weeds. And I know it may not have 2,000,000 nutrients but it has lots of good stuff nonetheless.
- A handful of strawberries
- 2 handfuls of spinach
- 1 sliced banana
- A small amount of Green Isle Smoothie Mix with Banana, Mango, Kale and Lemongrass (This is the cheat ingredient. It is expensive so I just use a little mixed with lots of fresh ingredients – it is delicious!!!)
- A handful of ice
- Some good quality fresh apple juice (or water if you prefer).
And there really is no method. Bung it all in a blender and switch it on. Blend until smooth.
So quick and easy and yet there is lots of good stuff in here – none of which are dairy or gluten. And most importantly it does not taste of kale. Now that has to be a win?
And of course you can toss in other fruits or veg if you fancy but beware of the blueberry. It looks so innocent, and to be fair it tastes fine in this concoction, but the tiny little berry is not as innocuous as you might think. Add even an itsy-bitsy handful and the end product looks more like silage effluent than summer pasture! Given that we eat with our eyes, you can see the problem.
Incidentally, I don’t ever add protein to my smoothies, so early noughties I know, but given that I am not an international athlete and the weights I lift could blow away in a summer breeze, I prefer to just scramble an egg. That’s just how I roll.
So if you are looking for a sweet but nourishing start to the day, give this one a whizz! It tastes almost too good to be good for you, but it is. At least I hope so, xo.