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Peaches and Green

written by Marsha Seidelman, M.D.

I must start by saying that I am NOT a fan of green shakes! I had a few bitter awful ones years ago and have avoided them ever since. HOWEVER, my blender finally died from my ice-crushing activities for chocolate peanut butter smoothies, banana berry yogurt smoothies, and the like. With my new Torrent Blender by KitchenAid, which I love, there was a cookbook with loads of blender recipes, including smoothies, soups and other blended foods. It was a steal because evidently its magnetic base with no moving parts hasn't really sold well at Bed Bath and Beyond, so I got it at 2/3 off - including this new recipe book. The magnetic base turns the blade without them actually having to twist into each other. That connection is what started leaking - after many years of use, mind you.  So bring your 20% off coupon to Bed Bath and Beyond if you need a new ice-crushing blender. Even after all that, it's still expensive, but should last a long time.

Having my son home for a week, I had a live-in taster, so I made the most of it. Here's a green smoothie that's refreshing and tasty. If you want more protein, just change the almond milk to soy.  For other smoothie ideas, check out my favorite chocolate peanut butter recipe or blueberry ginger smoothie.  Dr. Tran said the ginger one was the best smoothie she's ever had!

Ingredients:
1 cup ice
1 cup packed torn fresh spinach
1 cup fresh or frozen peach slices
1 cup vanilla almond milk
1 Tbsp honey
juice from 1/2 small lime
1 tsp dried mint, or a few fresh mint leaves

Directions:
Using a blender with ice crushing capacity - blend and pour!

Makes 2 servings

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