Super Green Smoothie

*Six of the Daily Dozen ✔︎ (Greens, Other Vegetables, Other Fruits, Nuts and Seeds, Herbs and Spices, Beverages)

Ingredients:

2 cups packed fresh baby spinach

1 large apple

1/2 avocado (peeled and pitted)

1 cup diced pineapple

3 soft pitted dates

1/2 teaspoon turmeric

2/3 mint leaves (I skipped it thinking it would be too minty)

1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds

**2 teaspoons blended and peeled lemon or lime

2/3 cup water

Ice cubes optional.

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a powerful blender.

Personal experience suggest to sip it leisurely. Slow intake sates better and longer.

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*Michael Greger (author of How Not to Die), nutrition researcher and medical doctor, spends his working hours learning about foods’ special nutrients and studies that show the benefit or lack of. Putting what he learned to practice, he’d keep a daily list of what the research said to eat. Long story shrunk, he created a list of “Dr. Greger’s Daily Dozen” turned into an app of what to eat daily.

Why am I telling you this: When I list a recipe, it will include how many of the daily dozen foods you ate.

**Cooking with lemon or lime juice, you miss out on the fiber and all the nutrition attached to it. Time Saver: Peel and blend a whole lemon(s) and then freeze in 1-teaspoon portions using a small silicone ice cube tray. Then just pop it out of the tray, each square equals a teaspoon.

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The measuring spoon container’s cameo appearance–hm.

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Clearly, I have some work to do with my photos. Anyhow, each square holds a teaspoon of lemon. My squares, as if it needs pointing out😄, are not full. So, my estimate is that those two lemons delivered 12 teaspoons of lemon. Michael Greger’s recipes often include teaspoons of lemon.

Small silicone ice cube tray

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