A couple of weeks ago my husband and I were spending a Sunday afternoon together as we typically do. It was a beautiful sunny day – we have been so lucky this September with fantastic weather (insert gratitude here). I was craving a smoothie, I wanted something sweet, cool and refreshing, and so the hunt began. We drove around looking for a shop where we could get one of these and ended up at a certain, unnamed grocery store on the West side of Vancouver that sells and serves an abundance of foods that are whole ;) I looked at the menu, The Green Goodness Smoothie was calling my name. We got to the register and ordered 2. “Your total will be $15.65” the cashier said. $15.65 for 2 smoothies? Holy crap! These ought to be some pretty huge smoothies I said to myself. We paid our bill and moved to the counter where we waited for our huge smoothies……needless to say I was a little disappointed to see that they were no larger that a typical medium to go coffee cup :( We took our smoothies, walked out of the store grumbling a little under our breath at what felt like extortion. I put my lips to my straw, took in a big sip (it only took a few of these to finish it) only to be filled with a blissful and enlightening experience of what was “The Green Goodness.” Magic.

I was torn. The flavour was incredibly abundant….. but so was the price. Faced with these conflicting emotions I decided that there had to be a better way. I went home remembering the ingredients of this green goodness and began my exploration in making my own. A few attempts later, tweaking amounts along the way, liftoff was achieved. This blissful taste at my fingertips and lips whenever I want. Mmmmmmmmm. Please let me share what I discovered so that you too can enjoy this experience:

“The Goodness Is In The Green” Smoothie
3/4 cup apple juice (buy pure organic with no additives, or if you have a juicer and make your own like I do!)
1/4 cup water
1/2 green apple
1 banana
1/2 inch of ginger
juice from 1/2 a squeezed lemon
handful of kale (swiss chard is pretty tasty here to….in fact I almost like it better)
1/2 dozen ice cubes

Blend all of these ingredients together and enjoy!

From my kitchen to yours,

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