We eat greens every day, both cooked and in salads, but we were craving something more. The color green is associated with refreshing, vital energy and nutritionally, dark leafy greens are high in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorus and zinc. One cup of most dark, leafy green vegetables supplies the daily requirement of beta carotene, as well as vitamins C, E and K. Dark leafy greens are also high in fiber, folic acid, and dozens of trace minerals and nutrients. For the nutrients to be most available for our bodies, greens should to be enjoyed with good quality fat like avocado, coconut oil, olive oil or ghee. Good fats help to transport the minerals into our bodies in a way that can be easily absorbed; a lack of good fats is one of the reasons low fat diets can be harmful!  Eating dark, leafy greens can benefit your body in a number of ways:

• chlorophyll helps to purify and build the blood

• improved immune system function

• promotion of healthy intestinal flora and better digestion

• improved liver and kidney function

• the clearing of congestion, especially in the lungs and intestines

So while you can buy all those green powders, there’s just nothing like live greens. You can really feel the vitality as you drink it. Green smoothies are truly nourishing and uplifting; they can improve your energy levels, lift your spirits and help you fight depression too.

The key here is to taste the smoothie after you blend but before you pour it so you can adjust the ingredients, if necessary. Greens can be strong, especially if you are not used to having them in a smoothie. So taste and fuss with the levels of the ginger/apple/lemon accordingly. I suggest not going overboard with the lemon, but increasing the apple, in particular, makes this sweeter and more palatable for just about anyone.

*1/2 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled

*1/4 lemon, skin and all

*1-2 cored apples

*5 stalks kale (stems removed)

*flesh from 1 avocado

*pinch of celtic sea salt

*dash of water-Using a high speed blender, blend until super smooth. Eat with a spoon.

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