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My First Smoothie (Green Smoothie)

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For a first experiment, this smoothie was delicious and satisfying. It was sweet enough to be enjoyable. The flavor of banana and strawberry made for a refreshing morning treat. And the fact that it is nutrient dense is an added benefit.

Ingredients:

1 cup (237ml) water
1 cup chopped kale leaves (stems removed) (about 15g)
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed*
2 ripe bananas, coarsely chopped
1 cup (165g) sliced strawberries

Instructions:

Place the water and kale leaves in a blender. Blend at high speed until the leaves are well pulverized, less than a minute. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. For a colder smoothie, the banana pieces and strawberries can be placed in the freezer for 20 to 30 minutes.

*I have a coffee grinder that I use exclusively for grinding dried herbs and spices. I ground most of a 13-ounce (368g) bag of whole flaxseed and store it in a jar in the refrigerator. In a high-end blender, such as a Vitamix, you can use whole seeds. The blender will break them up.

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