Ginger, Lemon, and Fruit Smoothie

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This is my standby smoothie.  I can have this same one for weeks on end and still be surprised at how good it tastes. The ginger and the lemon complement the fruit perfectly and make for a very refreshing breakfast.  It is also quite filling and always manages to get me through to lunch.  It is high in protein without and added powders.  I like to work from whole ingredients and with a minimum amount of packaging.  This breakfast meets all those criteria.

The ingredients in this recipe are pretty flexible.  I use whatever frozen or fresh berries I have on hand, whatever nuts or seeds I feel like at the moment, and the greens that are in my fridge or in my garden.  It is good to switch it up because every berry, nut, seed, and green has a different combinations of nutrients.  I usually do add hemp hearts, sunflower seeds, and/or pumpkin seeds.  As far as greens go I like to use Romain lettuce or a spring mix.  Sometimes I use spinach, but I have heard that although spinach has very high levels of iron it is not easy for your body to extract it.  Apparently as far as usable iron Romain lettuce is a much better choice.

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Ginger, Lemon, Fruit Smoothie
Serves 2 (or 1 if you are a big eater)

1 1/2 cups Berries
1 Banana
1 inch piece of Ginger
2 Tablespoons Lemon
1/2 cup Nuts and seeds
A handful of Greens
Water to cover

Peel the ginger and cut it into chunks your blender can handle.  If your blender cant handle much you might want to grate it.

Put all ingredients in a blender and cover with water.  Blend until smooth.  This smoothie will last in the fridge for two or three days.

***Here is a link to another amazing smoothie I just tried:  http://www.tujawellness.com/articles/learn/smooth-operator/raspberry-rhubarb-watermelon.html  As the summer gets warmer this will be an amazingly refreshing smoothie 🙂  ***