*I made this in a high powered blender, if you want to use a regular blender juice the lemon and proceed as usual. You may want to blend a couple ingredients and then add the rest. This is not a sweet smoothie, adding a second apple at first is a good idea.
1 lemon, peeled
1 apple, quartered and cored
1/4 inch ginger root, peeled
1/2 cucumber, sliced
4 brussel sprouts or 1/2 zucchini, sliced (optional)
1 cup water
1 cup ice
2 large handfuls of spinach
Optional additions: vanilla protein powder, chia seeds, hemp seeds, or flax seeds, lemon and ginger essential oils, and stevia.
Put ice, water, lemon, apple, ginger, cucumber, avocado, brussel sprouts, and spinach in blender, and blend until well mixed. I love to add protein powder, seeds, and lemon and ginger oils for the nutritional benefits, and it helps me feel full until lunch. Add 4-8 drops of liquid stevia to increase sweetness if desired, or you can use a second apple.
It took a little time for me to enjoy this smoothie, now I crave it almost everyday. I have been amazed by how much my palate, and tastes have changed in the last two months. The natural sweetness in food has become more pronounced, and I feel satiated faster. It has made eating for nourishment, as well as enjoyment, satisfying.