My in-laws visit us often, and whenever they’re here, without fail we eat at Le Pain Quotidien at least twice. We all have our favorites there, but everyone loves their Super Greens Smoothie. It’s served with a frothy foam on the top, and the second it’s set in front of me I take my straw and immediately suck it down. I fell so in love with that smoothie that I needed to figure out how to make it at home.
It took me some time to get the ratios just right, but eventually, I think I nailed it. The secret ingredient is the fresh mint, which takes the taste to a whole new level, and the key to re-creating the foam and taste of the smoothie is leaving the peel on the lemon and apple. Now I don’t have to wait for my in-laws to visit to enjoy this beauty again—I can just make it at home!
– Catherine McCord
Excerpted from Smoothie Project: The 28-Day Plan to Feel Happy and Healthy No Matter Your Age.
Enjoy this interview with McCord.
- 2 fresh kale leaves, thick stems removed, chopped
- ¼ cup (25 g) chopped celery
- ½ Persian cucumber, unpeeled and chopped or ¼ English cucumber, peeled and chopped
- ¼ cup (40 g) frozen pineapple chunks
- ¼ lemon (with peel and pith), seeds removed
- ½ Gala, Fuji, or other sweet apple, cored, seeded, and cut into chunks*
- 1-inch (2.5-cm) piece fresh ginger, peeled 2 sprigs fresh mint leaves
- ½ cup (120 ml) coconut water, water, or herbal tea
Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
*If you don’t have a high-powered blender, peel the apple.
Serving size: 1.
OPTIONAL SUPER BOOSTS:
Pink Himalayan Salt