By Vicki Brett-Gach, a Certified Vegan Lifestyle Coach
Celebrating during the holiday season with too much food and drink is almost as traditional as, well, celebrating during the holiday season. If you overindulged, join the club!
But it’s a New Year, and that means we are all entitled to a fresh start.
Of course, healthy choices only work when they taste great, and that’s where this green smoothie comes in. Completely refreshing, and absolutely delicious, it’s a fantastic way to start the day.
Green smoothies are nothing new. Yet I was a skeptic for a long time, fearing they’d be bitter. This one is not. I promise. If you are as unconvinced as I was, you may just have to try this to believe it.
Made simply with a few fruits, one vegetable, and nothing else, it tastes only like the fruit itself, yet provides all the nutritional advantages of the greens too. Plus it’s incredibly energizing, and actually makes you feel great, inside and out.
Ingredients, Serves 2
1 grapefruit, peeled, sliced in quarters
1 apple, unpeeled, cut in quarters, with the core, seeds, and stem removed
1 banana, peeled, quartered
1 to 2 cups of fresh baby kale or spinach
4 – 8 ice cubes (optional)
Place all ingredients in a high powered blender (such as a Vitamix). Process first on low, and gradually work up to high speed until mixture is completely smooth. Pour into glasses and enjoy immediately. May be stored in the refrigerator for up to one day.
Vicki Brett-Gach is a Certified Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator through Main Street Vegan Academy, a Certified Personal Chef through Wellness Forum Health, and a graduate of the Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate program through the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. She coaches clients, teaches heart-healthy vegan cooking classes, and writes the “Honestly Vegan” column for Honest Cooking, an international online culinary magazine. Connect with her on Facebook and follow her Ann Arbor Vegan Kitchen blog for new recipes as soon as they are published.