Mean Green Tropical Smoothie

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So I didn’t want to say anything for fear of being accused of first-world-problemism, but our juicer was broken for 10 days!

It was tough. Like coffee, I guess drinking freshly masticated juice can be addictive. In fact, I realized, the days without juice were ones with more of this:The good news was, our juicer was only three months of age and thus under warranty (15 years, they say? I don’t believe it).

So anyway, yesterday the replacement part arrived and I had to immediately make the highest vitamin-content concoction I could think of — and so you have, the Mean Green Tropical Smoothie: Yes. First I juiced. Then I blended. It’s super easy, so I’ll tell you how to make it and see for yourself how delicious it is!

Step 1: Make some Mean Green juice
Use whatever leafy greens are in your fridge, a lemon and a green apple or two.I juiced:

  • 4 leaves of kale
  • 2 green apples
  • half a bunch of spinach
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime (peeled)
  • 1 half-inch piece of ginger

Step 2: Blend with some frozen pineapple, mango and a fresh bananaIngredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup (I think?) of the juice
  • about 1 cup frozen pineapple, but I’m thinking more would be better
  • 1 – 1 1/2 cup frozen mango
  • 1 banana

Blend and enjoy.

I got the idea from the juice bar at a local Whole Foods, actually, where they make a kale-pineapple-mango smoothie and it tastes great. Instead of juicing the greens, they throw all the ingredients in the blender with some ice – and there you go. This is a great option if you don’t have a juicer – but do have a good, powerful blender (which ours isn’t, as you can see from the photos).

The taste is not-too-sweet, but kind of salady-fresh because of all the green stuff. I really liked it. Then I tried to make another batch, but used one apple instead of two and a few strawberries instead of mango… and meh. Not so good. So depending on your taste, it might be a trial-and-error sort of thing.

Oh, training: ran 6 miles Tuesday (the second half was in-between core work and lunges).By the way, I’ve been uploading my Garmin data to RunKeeper lately instead of using RunKeeper directly, and here’s the weird thing: consistently RunKeeper reads my Garmin data differently from Garmin itself. That is the exact same GPX file, yet Garmin says I ran 6:01 at an 8:48 min/mile pace; RunKeeper says I ran 5.99 miles at a 9 min/mile. Go figure!

On Monday, swam 2 miles in 1:17. That means I could do an Ironman swim within the 2:20 hr limit, possibly hopefully maybe, one day? Nice to know that there’s hope, even for a sucky swimmer like myself.

Anyone cook/ juice/ blend anything yummy these days?

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