I’ve been a juicer for over a decade and happily extoll the virtues of fresh juice and weeks-long juice detoxes to anyone who can stand the proselytizing. Recently, I’ve started favoring smoothies because they’re faster to make and more filling than a juice. A mom of two needs as many extra minutes—and fiber—as she can get in the morning. (I also hate cleaning my juicer.)
This green smoothie takes care of at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies and is my go-to morning energy drink. Channing Tatum’s abs imbibe it every morning and it’s yummy enough that my kids (and cats!) love it, too.
What’s fantastic about this smoothie is its adaptability. If I don’t have kale, I’ll use frozen spinach, which I always seem to have in the freezer. I’ll replace romaine with arugula and the pear with an apple, though pear is sweeter and gives a creamier texture. If I’m feeling rundown, I’ll throw in a knob of fresh ginger. Play around with amounts and combinations to create your own personal green power smoothie.
Recipe adapted from Kimberly Snyder