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This is an updated version of my Breakfast Of Champions green smoothie recipe from a couple of years ago. As was the case back then, I still drink this smoothie most weekdays for breakfast and still absolutely love it. I’d like to say I’ve tried umpteen recipes and settled on this one after extensive taste-testing, but that’s not the case. When we got our Vitamix, the DH did a little research on smoothie ingredients that weren’t just sugar and carb bombs (or worse: dessert) in disguise, and came up with this recipe. It was perhaps the second thing he made with the new blender, and we have been drinking it ever since. It’s evolved over the years (we used to add a banana, celery, cilantro and spirulina), but the nutrition and taste is still there – and this is still an absolutely satisfying breakfast and enough to carry me through my day from 8:30 – 12:30.

Gluten-free, paleo, vegetarian, vegan

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DH’s Green Smoothie (Updated)

1 Granny Smith apple
1 big hand full kale (we use pre-cut)
1 smallish hand full baby spinach (we use bagged)
1/2 of a large avocado (or 1 whole small)
3/4c. coconut water (we use Zico)
1/4c. orange juice (we like the not from concentrate kind)
1/2 inch ginger (peeled)
Optional add-in: protein powder (we use Nutiva hemp protein because it doesn’t have soy or whey and also doesn’t have a ton of added crap)

Core and chop the apple. Add to the blender carafe. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend, letting run on high until smooth and incorporated.

Pour into two glasses and consume in the manner you prefer (I won’t drink mine without a straw; the DH drinks his straight from the glass).

Serves 2