G-R-E-E-N-M-A-C-H-I-N-E Green Machine, Green Machine, Gooo….Green Machine! This was the chant that my husband and all of his friends would yell when they were young boys playing little league baseball. Somehow it has stuck around, though it now only is hollered on those rare occasions that Radd gets together with old friends and has a few (too many) beers. Boys are odd. In any case, I’ve co-opted the name for this uber healthy drink that is perfect for reviving you from that post-Thanksgiving feast coma. “Green Machine” just rolls off the tongue more easily than “Pear, Kale, and Spinach Smoothie”.
This drink makes you feel good. It’s loaded with delicious and nutritious greens and sweet juicy pears. I’ve made a similar version of this smoothie with other fruits, but keep coming back to the pears. They add the perfect smooth texture. A few times a week I blend one of these smoothies up for lunch. It’s filling, and to be honest, very addicting. The flavor of the greens is present, but in a subtle way– not overpowering at all. The banana brings it all together by adding a little more natural sweet silkiness. I drink mine from a freezer-chilled glass mug, and it’s oh-so refreshing and good for you. Give this one a try– you body will thank you!
The Recipe: Green Machine / Pear, Kale, and Spinach Smoothie
1 cup unsweetened cold almond milk
1 cup spinach
1 cup chopped kale, stems removed (any type works fine, I prefer curly kale)
1 pear, cut into large slices
1/2 banana, cut into chunks
Blend the almond milk, spinach, and kale together until smooth. Add the pear and banana and blend again until almost uniform. Feel free to add more or less almond milk, depending upon how thick you like it. Serve in a chilled glass. Enjoy!
Source: Adapted from Joy the Baker
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