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Makes 1 large drink
Have a New Year’s resolution to eat right? After your champagne toast at midnight, here’s the perfect beverage with which to celebrate healthful living any day thereafter. It’s tastier than any green juice drink that I’ve ever tried. Enjoy it as a post-workout snack, delightful dessert, or refreshing entrée. It’s my personal favorite “energy” drink—and a simple way to get fruits and vegetables. Cheers!
Calories saved: 30
1 tablespoon raw hemp seeds*
1 cup frozen mango cubes
1 cup chopped unpeeled English cucumber
3/4 cup pure organic apple juice (not from concentrate)**
3/4 cup packed fresh organic baby spinach
1 to 2 tablespoons packed fresh mint leaves
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger root
- Add the hemp seeds to a blender. Cover and blend until powdery.
- Add the remaining ingredients and blend until well puréed.
- Pour into a pilsner glass or large goblet and enjoy.
Per serving: 300 calories, 4g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 45mg sodium, 63g total carbohydrate, 5g dietary fiber, 53g sugars, 7g protein
*If you choose to make this beverage a meal replacement, add an additional 2 tablespoons hemp seeds for an extra protein boost . The smoothie will then provide 410 calories and 13g protein.
**For a lower calorie option and fewer sugar grams, replace the 3/4 cup apple juice with 3/4 cup cold filtered water, an additional 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice and, if desired, organic stevia or monk fruit sweetener to taste. The smoothie will then provide 220 calories and 31g sugars.
The “Before” Recipe
apple ‘n greens smoothie
from Jamba Juice
Per serving (original size): 330 calories, 1.5g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 190mg sodium, 74g total carbohydrate, 9g dietary fiber, 59g sugars, 8g protein
- Choose organic produce when possible to steer clear of pesticide residues and so much more
- Consider hemp seeds for a naturally nutritious burst of protein
- Add fresh mint and ginger for a refreshing zing