Easy // 6mins

This smoothie is ready in just a few minutes, is deliciously balanced without any extra ingredients, and can be embellished to create an exotic flavor masterpiece or a hearty complete breakfast or on the go meal.  It has just the right amount of kale.

Tools: Blender, peeler

Harvest Ingredients:  3-4 apples, 3-4 pears, 1-2 kale leaves, 3-4 clementines 

Other Ingredients:  1 ½ cups water, Optional flavorings: seeds, hemp, flax, chia, protein powder, yogurt, spices (cardamom, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, garam masala), exotics (orange blossom water, rose water, dates, pomegranate molasses)

Step 1: Peel & core apples & pears.  Strip stem off kale leaves.  Discard or compost peels & cores.  Kale stems make a great addition to veggie broths.  Keep a bag in the freezer for soup time.  Or use them in the stock for the other recipe in this box.  Corn & Pepper Stew.  

Step 2:   Tear kale leaves into the blender jar.  Add apples & pears & dates or date molasses if using.  I add the peel of one or two clementines to my smoothie for added zing along with the juice.  Add in any optional ingredients.  I love the flavor of cardamom with orange blossom water & the healthy fats & creamy texture of hemp seeds.  Cardamom is a natural mood elevator & has healing properties for our intestines.

Step 3:  Add 1 ½ cups water and blend on high speed until nice and smooth.  Serve as is, or spike it with sparkling water (or Prosecco!), citrus zest, more seeds for a crunch, or your favorite yogurt for extra tang and protein.