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Green Smoothie

September/October 2011

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Get your daily dose of dark leafy greens any time of day with this delicious green smoothie. Ground flaxseed adds omega-3s. Pour any extra into a freezer-pop mold and have it later as a frozen green smoothie pop.


Makes: 2 servings, about 1 3/4 cups each

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Ingredients

  • 2 ripe medium bananas
  • 1 ripe pear or apple, peeled if desired, chopped
  • 2 cups chopped kale leaves, tough stems removed (see Notes)
  • 1/2 cup cold orange juice
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 12 ice cubes
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed (see Notes)

Preparation

  1. Place bananas, pear (or apple), kale, orange juice, water, ice cubes and flaxseed in a blender. Pulse a few times, then puree until smooth, scraping down the sides as necessary.

Tips & Notes

  • Notes: Choose organic kale when possible. Nonorganic can have high pesticide residue.
  • Look for ground flaxseeds (or flaxmeal) in the natural-foods section of large supermarkets or in natural-foods stores. Store in the refrigerator or freezer.

Nutrition

Per serving: 240 calories; 3 g fat (0 g sat, 0 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 55 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 5 g protein; 8 g fiber; 38 mg sodium; 987 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (210% daily value), Vitamin C (208% dv), Potassium (28% dv), Magnesium (21% dv), Folate (18% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 3

Exchanges: 2 1/2 fruit, 1 vegetable


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