Today is Ash Wednes­day, mark­ing the first day of Lent. It is also the day after Mardi Gras. Whether ask­ing for for­give­ness from above or ask­ing for for­give­ness from your liver, break­ing your fast with a deli­cious green smoothie is the way to go.

Stay with me here.

I know, I know. Sure, you’ve read about green smooth­ies. They look pretty and all, but really? Raw greens?

Yes, really. I promise, not only will you live, you’ll feel nour­ished and can add fool­ish­ness to your penance for deny­ing your­self this guilt-free plea­sure. This green smoothie recipe is a great “starter” recipe to use while you work your way up to bolder com­bi­na­tions. This smoothie is inspired by a sim­i­lar one at Sip in Port­land. It’s sweet enough make you for­get the other ingre­di­ents and green enough to make your organs say, “Ahhh.…”

The Hal­lelu­jah Cho­rus Green Smoothie
1 large kale leaf, with stem if using a high-powered blender, oth­er­wise 2 leaves with­out stems, rinsed
1/2 cup baby spinach leaves, rinsed
1/2 cup frozen pineap­ple
1/2 cup orange juice
1 teas. coconut oil
agave to taste (optional)
2–3 ice cubes

Com­bine the ingre­di­ents in the base of a blender. Process until smooth, adding a tiny bit of water if nec­es­sary to reach desired con­sis­tency. You can also add an optional 1/2 of a banana to this smoothie for an even creamier mouth­feel and added sweetness.

Yields 1 smoothie

Hal­lelu­jah! Hal­lelu­jah! Hal­lelu­jah, hal­lelu­jah, hallelujah!!!

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9 Responses to cleanse thyself– you decide why

  1. Dianne says:

    Haha love the pin­wheel. By the way, I tried your car­rot cake bread recipe! Just had it for break­fast, in fact. It’s on my blog if you want to check it out :-)

  2. Hope says:

    I am one of those peo­ple that has been too chicken (err, sei­tan?) to try a green smoothie. I’m going to try yours! Is there any­thing I can use to replace the coconut oil? I usu­ally don’t have that in the house…

    • Kris says:

      Seri­ously, give it a try. They only look scary– they taste great! For the coconut oil, you can just omit it, but then you might want the sweet­ener to take the edge off, or a lit­tle piece of banana.

  3. FoodFeud says:

    I’m mak­ing a green smoothie my own allowed meal for Ash Wednes­day! I almost feel like it’s cheat­ing because it’s about a day’s worth nutri­tion in one. I usu­ally do greens/banana with some stuff mixed in (almond but­ter or berries) but I’d love to try it with pineap­ple. Mmm.

    • Kris says:

      Yeah, smooth­ies are very hardy lit­tle meals. But they are super easy on your diges­tion, so that should be fast-worthy.

  4. I love green smooth­ies! But I do get all sad when I add things like blue­ber­ries and they turn brown.

  5. Jojo says:

    That looks so pretty! I’m work­ing up to green smooth­ies by throw­ing spinach into my usual fruity concoctions.