I adore smoothies, but during winter in upstate New York, the last thing I crave for breakfast is a cold smoothie made entirely with fruit.
This smoothie, on the other hand, works well for me in cold weather. It may sound strange to put avocado in a smoothie, but the avocado really plays a key role. It lends a wonderful creaminess, and it provides healthy fat — this makes the smoothie more warming and filling. The fat from the avocado also allows you to absorb the minerals from the other ingredients.
The addition of kale is another unique option, but there’s just nothing for your body that’s as good for you as dark greens. Green smoothies are so nourishing.
Make sure to taste the smoothie after you blend, but before you pour it into your serving glass, so you can adjust the ingredients if necessary. Greens like kale can be strong, especially if you are not used to having them in a smoothie. Be sure to taste and fuss with the levels of the ginger/apple/lemon accordingly. Don’t go overboard with the lemon, but increasing the apple makes this a sweet and palatable drink for just about anyone.
Winter Green Smoothie Recipe
adapted from nutritionist Holly Shelowitz
- 1/2 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled
- Juice from 1/4 lemon
- 1-2 cored apples (I like to use yellow/green apples), cut into quarters
- 2-3 stalks kale (make sure to remove the tough stems)
- Flesh from 1 ripe avocado
- Pinch of sea salt
- Dash of water
Using a high-speed blender, process until super smooth. Eat with a spoon.
— Winnie Abramson writes the organic gardening and food blog Healthy Green Kitchen.
Photo Credits: Winnie Abramson