time for another green smoothie which is quite fruit-free (apart from lemon) hence it is more adult than children friendly – although i think we should educate the wee ones into less sugary intake (which also means more veg than fruit!). admittedly it is a hardcore smoothie which might not be for the faint hearted and traditional juice drinkers – but i find it completely yum 🙂
TOTALLY GREEN VEGGIE SMOOTHIE (before and after…)
ingredients (for two generous servings):
- 1 fennel bulb (including the green herbage), about the size of a fist
- 1 handful spinach leaves (thoroughly washed)
- half an organic lemon
- fresh ginger (about the size of half a thumb, peeled)
- 1 tsp matcha powder
wash the fennel, cut off a bit of the bottom (with the hard core) and roughly chop the rest (including the green herbage). cut the half lemon into quarters (yes, use the whole of it, including the peel). roughly chop the ginger.
add all ingredients to the smoothie maker or high speed blender and add as much water to have the ingredients roughly covered. blend blend blend and enjoy!
using the lemon whole gives much more flavour and makes it less sour. the peel adds this wonderful citrus fragrance and a tad of bitterness. furthermore it adds more vitamins than the juice only version. and vitamins we like! as the peel of lemons is often waxed, it is essential that you use an organic lemon for this smoothie (always use organic if you can). needless to say, it should be washed before using it…
this is the perfect morning smoothie, start the day with it in order to get your system and digestion working and give you a good mood. a bit of citrus (especially the essential oil from the peel) and lots of green always elevates the mood. it’s like kermit in a glass!