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!