Green Power Smoothie


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.

Green Power Smoothie

Serving Size: 1-2 servings

Green Power Smoothie


  • 1-2 cups filtered or spring water
  • 2 cups chopped kale (or spinach)
  • 1 cup chopped celery (or cucumber)
  • 1 cup chopped romaine lettuce (or arugula)
  • 1 small pear
  • 1 small banana
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Ice (optional)


  1. Blend the water and greens until smooth. Start with a low speed then crank it to eleven. Add the fruit, lemon juice, ice, more water if necessary, and blend until frothy.

Recipe adapted from Kimberly Snyder


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