Start first with 1-2 cups cold purified water in the blender. If making it for one person or just one per day, use 1 cup, you can always add more.
- lacinato kale, aka dinosaur kale - Nugget Market by me almost always has organic lacinato kale so I use this type, but you could use curly kale also, just not the flowering kale type.
- collard greens (SOOOOOO good for you!)
- spinach (If I do spinach I tend to throw in an orange or some OJ since the iron from spinach is more available when adding something with vitamin C (it’s the oxalic acid thing that prevents the iron from being absorbed well by the body)
- romaine lettuce or red/green leafy lettuce (iceberg is not lettuce to me and has no nutritional value so I steer away from iceberg)
- beet greens (I love beets and buy mine with the greens attached, when you get them home cut off the greens about 1 inch from the beet and store them separately-keeps the beets fresher longer)
- 1 cup of frozen blueberries (I always have bags of the frozen organic wild blueberries from Trader Joe's in my freezer)
- 1/2 cucumber (yes, scientifically speaking the cucumber is actually a fruit!)
- 1/2 frozen banana (I just chop them up and freeze them in little snack size bags so I always have them in my freezer and since I like bananas without spots, the one's that get spots work great for freezing, I just can't eat overripe bananas unless they are in a smoothie!)
- 1 granny smith apple (or fuji, depending on what I have)
- 1-2 carrots
- heaping tablespoon of hemp seed
- 2 teaspoons chia seeds
- Depending on what my day is like, I might throw in some hemp protein powder
- Or I might throw in a scoop of Vega (whole food optimizer, all vegan)
I finally broke down and bought a Vita-Mix blender, it's the "lear-jet" of blenders and my smoothies are SUPER smooth now! Now go eat your veggies...in a smoothie!