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Beet, Kale and Apple Smoothie

Traveling for work has its perks. The effect on your eating habits is not one of them.

I returned home from being out of town at a client all week feeling like a big slug and craving health food. For me, nothing gets me back on track quite like a smoothie. Over the last few months I have developed a serious devotion to smoothies, and decided I wanted to jump start my system with a new recipe.

Adapted from Gwynie (book link), I present the Beet, Kale and Apple Smoothie:

Made even better when consumed out of a Chicago Blackhawks glass

8oz beet juice (I bought a pint at Mariano's)

1 large apple, chopped

1 1inch piece of ginger

1/2 lemon, zest and pith removed

1/2 cup kale (Trader Joe's sells bags of frozen kale…it's a game changer)

A few ice cubes

1/2 cup+ water

Throw everything into a blender and whizz for about a minute. Stir in additional water if your end result is too thick. This makes two large glasses full; you can share or store the rest in the fridge for a day. Drink up and feel instantly healthier!

The only downside I can think of to beets is that they make your glasses/sink look like a crime scene!