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The Lean Green Smoothie Machine
June 3, 2010 • Posted by Rebecca Marber

In the early morning hours our metabolisms are just as sluggish as the rest of our bodies. So why make their jobs more difficult by feeding them complex carbs that are harder to digest? Before overloading your system with pancakes, waffles, and bagels, try drinking one of my Lean Green Smoothies to bring you energy that will get your day going in the right direction.

While you know those “bad” carbohydrates should be avoided, sometimes you just can’t resist, so wait 30 minutes after drinking a smoothie, and your metabolism will be in a much better place to break down those nasty carbs. If you are pressed for time, you can replace the Lean Green Smoothie with a piece of fruit. But keep in mind that solids are much less metabolically friendly in the early AM.

All of the following ingredients are rich with essential nutrients. The lemon and ginger in particular are very cleansing, and will detoxify your body of many unwanted substances. So get up and get going with the Lean Green Smoothie!

Lean Green Smoothie:
(Makes 3-4 servings. Lasts 2-3 days)

4 handfuls Baby Spinach
1 1/2 cups water
1/3 bunch parsley
1/2 of a lemon (juiced)
1 apple
1 grapefruit
1 pear
2 slices of ginger

  1. Wash all ingredients sufficiently.
  2. Add spinach, parsley, and ginger to Cuisinart PowerEdge™ 700 Blender.
  3. Juice lemon and add to blender.
  4. Slice apple, grapefruit, and pear into small pieces and add to blender. Blend until smooth.
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