Collard Smoothie With Fresh Fruit and Ginger From the Kitchen of Blackwell Smith

This recipe is so simple. I don’t use any ice only cold fruits and veggies. Ice melts and waters down the flavors. If you really enjoy that frozen treat cut and freeze some fruit before blending. Think of this as a technique for smoothies. You can always substitute. When making substitutions be aware liquid content may change. You may need more or less almond milk or orange juice. This will depend on the ripeness and variety of produce used.

Ingredients
One apple cut and chilled
One banana cut and chilled(use one that is starting to develop little brown spots they are sweeter, don’t peel banana till its about to go in blender)
One tsp fresh ginger chopped
Ten leaves of tender collards cut into strips (leave the stems they will puree)
1/4 of one lime juice
Ten fresh mint leaves
One tsp green tea powder
6 to 8 ounces of almond milk unsweetened

Directions
Place all ingredients into blender or food processor reserving half the almond milk.
Turn on machine hold the lid tight it can shoot off!
Blend for thirty second till smooth and creamy.
Push any food down the side into the smoothie so it all becomes well chopped.
Add more almond milk if desired.
Add a little honey if desired.

You can garnish with mint sprigs or limes. This can be made a day in advance. Fresh food is the best food!

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