SNACK ATTACK – Drink your veggies!

I love fruits and veggies. But its only been in the last couple of years that I have learned how much I REALLY love to drink my veggies, especially my greens … kales, spinach … oh yum! I started out adding a couple of handfuls of spinach to my Green Monster smoothies (recipe coming soon!) for breakfast every morning. That didn’t seem too bad, so I added a couple more. Then I experimented with kale, Swiss chard and a few others. I think kale and spinach are my absolute favorite, especially since kale is like the Superman of greens.

I was recently talking to the store manager at our local Earth Fare about the different juices and smoothies they offer at their Juice Bar. I’m not a big juicer for several reasons: its expensive to buy a juicer, its expensive to buy all of the produce and if you aren’t careful, the calories add up really fast. But he intrigued me with their Ginger Kale Lemonade. I didn’t try theirs that day because I was looking for something more filling but it inspired me to create something of my own.

So here’s the recipe.

A few notes:
– The more ginger you add, the spicier it is. I liked mine spicy and not sweet.
– Because I don’t have a juicer, I made mine in a blender so it was more like the consistency of a smoothie instead of a juice.
– Despite it being VERY bright green, everyone in my family tried it, but none of them liked it. They all thought it was too tangy. They like things much sweeter than I do. If you want yours a little sweeter, feel free to add a little organic honey.

I can see this being one of my go-to summer drinks when I’m sitting on the deck on a sunny day watching the kids play in the backyard.

Its only about 85 calories for 1/2 of the recipe (without honey) and pairs nicely with 1/2 of a serving of almonds (about 14) for a 165 calorie snack. Enjoy!