Refreshing summer smoothie

Stay cool and hydrated with a new take on a green smoothie: avocado, kale and refreshing ginger

Summer is here and we are beginning to experience some of the warmest days of the year. Combat the heat with this hydrating smoothie recipe that incorporates avocado.

Not only does avocado add creaminess to a smoothie, but it also is considered a super food because it is one of the most nutrient-dense foods. Kale, another key ingredient to this energizing smoothie, is full of vitamins A, C and K, which are great for maintaining bone health. One cup of kale is only around 36 calories, making it ideal for a healthy diet and for weight loss.

Avocado and Kale Ginger Smoothie

1 avocado, cut into cubes

1 quart orange juice

1 quart ice cubes

¼ cup fresh ginger root, sliced

4 ounces kale leaves

1 cup fresh celery, sliced

Place all ingredients into a blender and puree until very smooth. Serve immediately.

Serving size: 1½ cups

Servings: 4

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Nutrition information

o 199.3 calories

o 3.9 g protein

o 34.9 g carbohydrates

o 6.2 g fat

o 0.9 g saturated fat

o 48.6 g sodium

o 4.3 g fiber

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