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Recipe: The Green Love Smoothie


Why the greens in this smoothie support your mind and body on the highest level. Oh, and taste delish.
"The green color is the same as the heart chakra color, which is the color of healing and unconditional love," says Well+Good’s smoothie mixologist Jennifer Kass. (Photo: Well+Good)
“Green is the color of the heart chakra, and the color of healing and unconditional love,” says Well+Good’s smoothie mixologist Jennifer Kass. (Photo: Jennifer Kass for Well+Good)

There’s a reason beyond calories and nutrients that green foods are better for you than pretty much anything else on the planet: they’re like eating love.

Green is the color of the heart chakra, and the color of healing and unconditional love. In other words, just add some green to anything you’re eating that might not be totally aligned with your best self (like a bowl of ice cream) to reinstate some balance.

This month’s smoothie is a blend of powerful ingredients that support your mind and body on the highest level.

Every ingredient serves the same purpose—they all have alkalizing and anti-inflammatory properties that help prevent degenerative disease.

Kale carries potent powers. Per calorie, it has more iron than beef, contains more calcium per calorie than milk, and has magnesium, which is necessary for calcium absorption. Being a top superfood, it even has omega 3s and protein.

Celery and cucumber are high in water content (ideal in summer months). Medicinally, the oils in celery are said to calm the nervous system, while cucumbers boost energy with B vitamins.

Ginger, an Ayurvedic favorite, is known as a multitasking healer, from aphrodisiac to a digestive aid.

Green apple, lemon, and coconut water all provide a sweet and tart balance to the veggies, with green apple providing skin-clearing quercetin, lemon for cleansing, and coconut water for electrolytes. Blend it up, and feel the love. —Photo and text by Jennifer Kass

Recipe: The Green Love Smoothie

Blend and enjoy!

3 organic kale leaves
1 organic celery stalk
1/2 organic green apple
1 inch fresh ginger
1/2 small lemon (including the rind)
1/2 medium organic cucumber
1 cup coconut water