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Here’s a simple, tasty, nutrition-packed & highly digestible tropical delicacy for y’all. It’s my super smoothie, otherwise known as my everything-that-was-in-the-fridge smoothie. If you’re on your game, you get crank it out in about 15 minutes.

The key to a good smoothie is balancing fruits & vegetables, sweet, sour & bitter flavours, and solids & liquids. I find that using an orange juice and/or lime juice base not only helps the consistency and provides lots of important vitamins, but adds a tartness that balances with the thicker, more bitter flavors of carrot and spinach, which offer a solid dose of vitamins, minerals and fiber. Pineapple and papaya are great for their digestive magic, and for flavor of course, and the papaya and banana help smooth out the texture. Cucumber provides more fiber, as well as a bit of a water base.

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This recipe yields a full-blender’s worth–enough for two tall glasses and one or two more for later. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • One cucumber
  • One carrot
  • One bunch of spinach
  • One banana
  • One chunk of papaya (1/2-1 cup)
  • One chunk of pineapple (1/2-1 cup)
  • One lime
  • Two mandarin oranges (or, one cup of natural, sugar-free orange juice)

After washing your vegetables, begin by slicing up the carrot and placing it in your blender. Peel the mandarins and cut them into quarters, taking out the seeds. Squeeze the juice into the blender (you can throw the pulpy remains in with the carrot if you like–the more fiber, the better). Do the same with the lime. Blend until smooth.

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Next, peel and slice the cucumber, papaya and pineapple and slowly blend it in. Pluck your spinach leaves and add them in last. You’ll know it’s done when the leaves are nothing more than small green flecks.

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And that’s about it! Pour yourself a glass and enjoy!

 

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