Lemon-aide Smoothie

My husband and I are devouring the recently published Eat Right for Life by Dr. Raymond A. Schep and Nicole Kellar-Munoz. What a great book!

Here are some of the topics that are expertly covered:

• The Pharmacy In Your Kitchen (Heart Disease, Cancer, Arthritis, Gluten Allergies)
• Change Your Lifestyle and Ditch the Diets
• A Healthy Colon—A Healthy Body
• Air, Water and Exercise

But I'll say that I really have to hand it to Schep and Kellar-Munoz for their compilation of the "100 Best Foods for Curing Disease and Maintaining a Healthy Mind and Body." I have made a copy of it and taped it to the fridge! It's that good and spot on.

One of the stars on this list of the "100 Best Foods" is our good friend kale. In Eat Right for Life, kale has "super food" status and the authors make these convincing points:

"If you are a cabbage consumer, you may consider replacing it with kale. Cooked cabbage has about 2 to 3 percent of the daily vitamin A content in a three to four-ounce helping. And kale? No less than 272 percent per three ounces!"

And kale is best eaten raw ...

"Four ounces of COOKED kale has 272 percent of your vitamin A daily requirement, and 45 percent of your vitamin C requirement. Compare this to RAW kale, which has 307 percent of your vitamin A requirement and 200 percent of your vitamin C requirement. This illustrates the argument in this book [Eat Right for Life]; whenever you can—eat raw!"

Schep and Kellar-Munoz have inspired me to pack more raw into my diet and smoothies are a great way to do that. I'm not big on sitting down to a bowl of raw kale salad. Blend, gulp and go is more my style.

This simple smoothie is loaded with vitamin C and is clean and refreshing! It has become one of my favorites and hope it becomes one of yours, too.


Lemon-aide Smoothie

Gluten-Free | Casein-Free | Corn-Free | Dairy-Free | Egg-Free | Fish-Free | Nightshade-Free | Peanut-Free | Potato-Free | Rice-Free | Shellfish-Free | Soy-Free | Tree Nut-Free | Wheat-Free | Grain-Free | Sesame-Free | Yeast-free | GFCF | Vegetarian | Vegan

Serves:  1-2
Prep Time:  3 minutes

Ingredients:

1 cup non-dairy YOGURT (make your own or try So Delicious® Coconut Milk Yogurt)
1 cup WATER
1 large handful KALE or spinach
1 APPLE, cored and cut into chunks
1/2 LEMON, peeled and de-seeded
10 drops vanilla LIQUID STEVIA or sweetener of choice
6 large ICE CUBES

Directions:

1. Add to high-powered blender all ingredients except for ice cubes. Blend on high for one minute or until smooth. If you don't have a Blendtec or Vita-Mix and don't want bits of kale stuck in your teeth, you may want to use spinach.

2. Add ice cubes and blend again until smooth.

Enjoy!