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Central Park was my first New York City love when I moved here 15 years ago.  It still manages to grab ahold of my heart, no matter what season.

Spring is particularly magical.

New life emerges…

Climb the steps to a botanical wonderland…

…where Juliet can find her Romeo in Shakespeare’s Garden…

…and buds open…

…and flower…

…in every color of the rainbow.

No matter where you are, or what your springtime looks like, embrace the beauty around you.

A fistful of spinach, a couple of leaves of kale, a carrot, an apple, a half a lemon and a splash of coconut water make their way into a blender.

It sounds like a setup to a really bad joke.  Or at least something that will taste simply awful.

But it’s delicious.

Green smoothies are a great, clean way to start the day.  Up to five servings of veggies and fruits are power packed into one drink.  A smoothie is also a good end to the day when making dinner just seems too much of a burden or when you need to clean out the fridge before the produce takes a turn for the worse.

This is the favorite Goodness combo, but feel free to experiment with different greens, or even herbs.  An apple or a pear cuts through the grassiness of the greens and adds a bit of sweetness; lemon juice provides just the right tangy balance.  Try a little fresh ginger to add a hint of spiciness.  With a high-speed blender such as a Vita-Mix, the produce will be liquefied without much liquid, but if you are using a regular blender, then a cup or two of water or coconut water will do the trick.

Don’t be green with envy – just make one.   And enjoy!

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