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GO-FOR-GREEN SMOOTHIE

Makes about 2 (8-ounce) servings

My friend Tyler, who I worked with at the Geffen (remember, the playhouse where I bartended?), introduced me to green drinks. When I asked him to remind me how we got on the topic, he said:

After a trip to Subway where you got a meatball sub… we were discussing your diet being similar to that of a ten-year-old boy. It was funny, but things got weird when you said that you don’t eat vegetables. Like, at all. Everyone kept trying to give you recipes or ideas for snacks, but you weren’t into it. So I told you about these bottled green smoothies you could buy at the grocery store, but when I listed the ingredients, I’m pretty sure you threw up in your mouth a little. Long story short: I convinced you it tasted like rainbows and apple juice, so you eventually tried it and liked it. And then you drank it every day for a long time. I didn’t tell you that you were consuming a huge amount of sugar… I figured, whatevs, at least it’s not as bad as the time you were addicted to Sudafed for a year! But I digress.

Well, it’s true. Eventually I replaced the store-bought, sugar-dressed-up-as-vegetables smoothies with this green juice inspired by a recipe from Gather & Feast. It is packed with all kinds of nutrients like vitamins A and K, iron, and beta-carotene. And believe me, it tastes like rainbows and apple juice. (PS: Once I started drinking these smoothies and cutting a lot of dairy out of my diet, my constant need for Sudafed to ease sinus symptoms also became a thing of the past.)

1 green apple

1 cucumber

1 rib celery

½ pear

1 (1-centimeter) piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated

2 tablespoons chia seeds

Juice of ½ lime

½ cup water

1 cup ice

1 large handful of baby spinach

1 handful of kale (about 6 small leaves)

 

Add everything but the ice and leafy greens to a blender. Blend away, then add the ice and pulse to combine. Finally, add the leafy greens and blend until smooth.

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