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Carrot, Kale, Apple and Ginger Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup organic apple juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 handfuls raw kale, washed and chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated carrots (or chopped carrots)
  • 1 medium-sized apple, cored and cut into chunks
  • 1/2-inch piece of peeled ginger root
  • 2 handfuls of ice, if desired

Put all ingredients into a blender and combine until smooth. If you don't have an incredibly powerful blender—like a Vitamix—you might end up with chunks of kale in your smoothie. If this bothers you, pour your smoothie through a fine mesh sieve or strainer before you drink.

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Apple Pie Smoothie

  • 1 cup nonfat regular, soy, almond or coconut milk
  • 2 Gala or Fiji apples, cored and cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons agave nectar or honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2-inch piece of peeled ginger root
  • 1 cinnamon graham cracker
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons of water (more if necessary)
  • 2 handfuls of ice, if desired

Break up the graham cracker over a blender. Pour in water, and pulse until graham cracker breaks into tiny bits. Add more water as necessary. Combine all other ingredients in blender, and mix until smooth.

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