Not-Quite-Spring Clean Green Smoothie

Sometimes I feel like I need a little spring cleaning for my body—an immunity boost and a day or two of detox—which for me means avoiding sugar, bread and pasta, processed food, salty snacks and beer. And drinking lots of water, eating fresh fruits and veggies, some whole grains and clean vegan proteins (lentils, beans, nuts, tofu), green smoothies, green tea, and adding things like fresh ginger, lemon, cucumber, berries and greens to as many things as possible.

Today, after a couple weeks of rain, snow, ice and cold, we’re having some welcome spring-like weather, which inspired me to concoct a clean, cool green smoothie. Smoothie recipes are more like suggestions—always open to reinterpretation or substitutions, so try this or another version with whatever you have on hand.

  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 apple, peeled and cored
  • 1/2 cucumber, rinsed, not peeled
  • 2 cups fresh rinsed spinach leaves
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1 cup of ice water
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon agave nectar

Put everything in a blender and blend until smooth.

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