Emerald Smoothie

A vitamin-laden cupful — kale and lettuce offer vibrant green color as well as bright, fresh flavor. You can vary the fruit — add an apple, pear, or even fresh pineapple. Try tangerines instead of oranges. Purée in the blender for a thick fiber-rich pour or toss into a fruit and vegetable juicer for a smoother drink. The optional ginger offers a tropical, sweet-spicy boost that compliments the mango. You can vary the green as you like — a touch of arugula lends a peppery kick, spinach offers a more delicate texture and deeper green hue.

(2 servings)


  • 1 cup peeled, cubed mango (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 oranges, peel removed (about 1 cup juice)
  • 3/4 cold water (or 1/2 cup water and a few ice cubes)
  • 6 large lettuce leaves
  • 2 large kale leaves
  • Juice of one half lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped almonds (for blender version only, optional)


1. Place all ingredients into a juicer or blender. Process until smooth.

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