My friend Shweta sent me a link to a few smoothie recipes that recently appeared in an Emerald Street newsletter (some kind of style and fashion newsletter, no wonder I missed it). One smoothie in particular caught my eye: an “Enzyme-Rich” juice full of green stuff: cucumber, celery, parsley, mint and spinach. So I gave it a try yesterday, adding a pear because my mind hasn’t yet quite grasped the idea of a smoothie without fruit in it.
The result was kind of amazing. I can’t say I’d have this smoothie every morning, but it does have its place in the lexicon of liquid breakfasts. It was particularly good after a hard workout – the cold, almost savoury juice, tart from the addition of lemon, is super refreshing. Not to mention hydrating… this recipe almost filled the jug of the Vitamix and I drank the whole thing.
- 350g spinach
- 1 handful mint
- 1 handful parsley
- 1 tbsp lemon juice (about 1/4 lemon)
- 1 cucumber
- 4 celery stalks
- 2-3 cm piece of peeled ginger
- 1 pear, cored
- Put everything in a blender with enough water to get it going.
- Blend on high for about a minute.
- Strain through a sieve if you’d like (I didn’t bother).
- Serve over ice.