Ruby Smoothie

This vegetable and fruit-packed drink can be made in either a blender or a juicer. In a blender you’ll get a thicker mix, peppered with tiny vegetable bits that lend texture and substance. In the juicer the drink comes out thin and smooth — more palatable for kids (and the kale-wary) but you’ll lose some of the fabulous fiber to the filter. If you don’t mind dirtying another appliance try half-and-half — purée the ingredients in the blender, then put half of it through the juicer. Or put the kale through the juicer and most everything else into the blender, and mix together in a glass. Any way you choose to mix it this rose-hued drink is not only beautiful, but packed with vitamins and minerals, plus a kicky hint of ginger and refreshing mint. During berry season pop a few red ones into the mix.

(Serves 2)


  • 2 medium carrots, cut into large chunks
  • 2 small apples, cored
  • 1 large orange, peel removed
  • 2 small purple beets, roots removed and peeled
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 to 2 large kale leaves, roughly chopped (about one cup)
  • 10 to 15 mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons raw or unsalted, shelled sunflower seeds (optional)


1. Place ingredients into a juicer or blender and process. If using a blender, you may need to add a bit of water to liquify (unless you have a high power blender like a Vitamix). Purée on the highest speed for at least 30 seconds until very smooth. Add a few ice cubes to the mix if you prefer a colder drink.

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