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Thursday
Feb172011

Lemon-aide Smoothie

My husband and I are devouring the recently published Eat Right for Life by Dr. Raymond A. Schep and Nicole Kellar-Munoz. What a great book!

Here are some of the topics that are expertly covered:

• The Pharmacy In Your Kitchen (Heart Disease, Cancer, Arthritis, Gluten Allergies)
• Change Your Lifestyle and Ditch the Diets
• A Healthy Colon—A Healthy Body
• Air, Water and Exercise

But I'll say that I really have to hand it to Schep and Kellar-Munoz for their compilation of the "100 Best Foods for Curing Disease and Maintaining a Healthy Mind and Body." I have made a copy of it and taped it to the fridge! It's that good and spot on.

One of the stars on this list of the "100 Best Foods" is our good friend kale. In Eat Right for Life, kale has "super food" status and the authors make these convincing points:

"If you are a cabbage consumer, you may consider replacing it with kale. Cooked cabbage has about 2 to 3 percent of the daily vitamin A content in a three to four-ounce helping. And kale? No less than 272 percent per three ounces!"

And kale is best eaten raw ...

"Four ounces of COOKED kale has 272 percent of your vitamin A daily requirement, and 45 percent of your vitamin C requirement. Compare this to RAW kale, which has 307 percent of your vitamin A requirement and 200 percent of your vitamin C requirement. This illustrates the argument in this book [Eat Right for Life]; whenever you can—eat raw!"

Schep and Kellar-Munoz have inspired me to pack more raw into my diet and smoothies are a great way to do that. I'm not big on sitting down to a bowl of raw kale salad. Blend, gulp and go is more my style.

This simple smoothie is loaded with vitamin C and is clean and refreshing! It has become one of my favorites and hope it becomes one of yours, too.


Lemon-aide Smoothie

Gluten-Free | Casein-Free | Corn-Free | Dairy-Free | Egg-Free | Fish-Free | Nightshade-Free | Peanut-Free | Potato-Free | Rice-Free | Shellfish-Free | Soy-Free | Tree Nut-Free | Wheat-Free | Grain-Free | Sesame-Free | Yeast-free | GFCF | Vegetarian | Vegan

Serves:  1-2
Prep Time:  3 minutes

Ingredients:

1 cup non-dairy YOGURT (make your own or try So Delicious® Coconut Milk Yogurt)
1 cup WATER
1 large handful KALE or spinach
1 APPLE, cored and cut into chunks
1/2 LEMON, peeled and de-seeded
10 drops vanilla LIQUID STEVIA or sweetener of choice
6 large ICE CUBES

Directions:

1. Add to high-powered blender all ingredients except for ice cubes. Blend on high for one minute or until smooth. If you don't have a Blendtec or Vita-Mix and don't want bits of kale stuck in your teeth, you may want to use spinach.

2. Add ice cubes and blend again until smooth.

Enjoy!

Reader Comments (10)

The book looks really interesting. Need to add that to my reading wish list. The smoothie looks great too!

February 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commenternicola @ gfreemom

Now that is a brilliant green! Well, you can't love them all. I love green foods, but seriously can't stomach kale in smoothies - it has such a strong and overpowering flavor. Spinach I can do :)

February 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlisa Fleming

Oh Ali, when I see you in March I will whip one up just for you and I bet you will change your mind! : )

xoLexie

February 18, 2011 | Registered CommenterLexie

That sounds and looks incredible! I have lots of winter kale growing in my garden, and I'm always looking for delicious ways to enjoy it! This is truly a delicious combination of flavors: kale, apple, lemon, and So Delicious coconut milk yogurt! I'm going to make one right now! Thank you for sharing!!!!

February 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGail

I agree with Nicola! I need to add that to my amazon wish list! Thanks for the info about kale. I am such a spinach in smoothies lover. I MUST force myself to use kale more often! It's just that kale chips are soooooo satisfying!

February 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaggie

Gail, hope you loved it! Love your positivity!

And Maggie thanks for droppin' by : )

xo Lexie

February 18, 2011 | Registered CommenterLexie

yumm I swear by kale smoothies! When I'm on top of things I make a double batch in the morning and take half to work in a mason jar to gulp down inbetween SCUBA dives. I like to put frozen papya and banana in mine and usually add protien powder, spirulina, flax seeds and macca powder.

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Go SISTA! So proud of you eatin' all good and healthy :)

Love you!
Lexie

February 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJill Q

I am totally ordering this book as soon as I am done commenting here!! This smoothie/juice looks amazing!! I just finished planting my spring organic veggie garden and I planted a TON of Kale. Crossing my fingers that I get alot!! I did not plant kale last year! Kurt built me a new garden planter with a ton more space so I had room this year for a lot of things I wanted to plant last year! This recipe looks perfect for my kids! Will be trying this tomorrow. Carson, my little guy, said to me this morning, "Mom. my favorite smoothies are the ones that are bright green." LOL
Cannot wait to see you! Counting down the days, missy!
xoxo
k
ps I, for some reason, stopped getting the email updates for your posts (I just subscribed again), so here I thought you had not posted in a while and I come over to check and there are all these posts I had not seen.

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Kim, I am counting down the days, too! Wish I were your neighbor ... I'd be raiding your garden : ) I wonder if we will be in a new house by gardening season ... probably not. Boo hoo. Thanks for the heads up about the email subscription. I will have to check into it.

xo Lexie

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKim-Cook It Allergy Free

I can't wait to try this! I have been starting my day off with a green smoothie and so far have only used red chard and collards. I will have to check out this book also. I am attempting to change my diet for muliple reasons including potential food allergies, and my mother's recent cancer diagnosis. I am loking forward to checking out more of your recipes!

February 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Amy, thanks for visiting and for sharing!

xoLexie

February 23, 2011 | Registered CommenterLexie

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