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McKel’s “Stripped Green Smoothie”

Green smoothies and juices are all the rage these days but be careful how you prepare them on your own.

My advice is to follow a recipe and one of my favorites is done by Registered Dietitian Mckel from Nutrition Stripped. As  many of you might be asking, which is better, juicing or smoothies? As far as juicing versus smoothies go, I prefer smoothies because you can add in the skin of fruits and vegetables letting you keep their wondrous fiber for healthy digestion and it also provides you with many of the nutrients also contained in the skin. I have nothing against green juices every once in a while but for a more complete and balanced green drink opt for a smoothie. Also, don’t forget, eating your fruits and vegetables either steamed, in salads, just as they are or in recipes is a great way to meet your nutrient requirements for the day.

Here is Mckel’s “Stripped Green Smoothie” recipe:

  • 1 cup of organic lacinato kale/regular kale
  • 1 cup of organic romaine
  • 1-2 large stalks of organic celery, chopped
  • ½ organic apple, cored and chopped
  • 1 banana, chopped (frozen optional)
  • ½ cup of filtered water
  • ½ cup of coconut water (double the filtered water if you don’t have this available)
  • ¼ cup organic cucumber, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon of parsley
  • Juice of 1 lemon/meyer lemon
  • 1 brazil nut
  • dash of cayenne (optional)
  • dash of cinnamon (optional)
  • dash of turmeric (optional)
  1. Using the Vitamix// high speed blender, pour filtered water(s) into the blender
  2. Add chopped celery stalks and romaine lettuce first, and turn on low speed
  3. Puree this mixture
  4. Gradually increase the speed and add chopped kale
  5. Add cilantro and parsley (optional)
  6. Add chopped apple and bananas (last)
  7. Squeeze the juice of the lemon
  8. Blend until creamy
  9. *At this point you may add more water to achieve your desired consistency!
  10. Enjoy!
To make sweeter // add more banana or stevia to taste
To decrease sugar // use half the amount of fruit and add stevia to taste
To make thicker // use less water, add ice
To make thinner // use more water
Recommended but optional // cilantro and parsley
Optional // add fresh mint
To read more about this recipe and check out other delicious recipes by Mckel, RD

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