Mango Ginger Kale Green Smoothie


1 cup ice (optional)
2 cups packed fresh kale leaves, chopped
1 cup ripe fresh mango, cubed
1 cup ripe frozen peaches
1 tbsp. minced fresh ginger
1 1/2 – 2 lemons or limes, juiced (yields ~1/4 cup)
1 1/2 – 2 cups filtered water
1 tbsp. maple syrup (optional)

DIRECTIONS: Add ice to the blender first and crush. Then add kale, mango, peaches, ginger, lemon juice (starting with 1 lemon (2 Tbsp) amount and working your way up), and 1 cup water to start. The amount of water will depend on how many of your ingredients are frozen. Blend until smooth, only adding water a little at a time as needed. Scrape down the sides/mixing as needed.

Once well blended, taste and adjust seasonings as needed. If too tart, add more fruit or a little maple syrup (optional). For more zing, add ginger. And for more acidity, add more lemon juice. To make it thicker/colder, add more ice. Blend as needed.
Divide between two serving glasses and enjoy immediately. Best when fresh, though leftovers will keep covered in the refrigerator for 24 hours.


Credit: Minimalist Baker