From the Blender: Lean Green Smoothie

Let's be honest. Sometimes when we say "smoothie," we mean dessert masquerading as breakfast. Not so for this lean green smoothie, which is packed with nutrients and nutrients only. Don't be fooled, though. It's also delicious. The mango flavor dominates, with the arugula, lemon, and ginger spicing things up just enough to keep it interesting.

The observant among you will notice that I used spinach instead of arugula on picture day, because that's what I had on hand. Use arugula or another peppery green, though, if you have it. It really makes a difference.

About the author: Carolyn Cope is the voice behind the popular food blog Umami Girl. A recent transplant to London, she's trying her best to act nonchalant in the company of courgettes and aubergines. Find her on Facebook and Twitter.

From the Blender: Lean Green Smoothie

About This Recipe

Yield:Serves 2
Active time:5 minutes
Total time:5 minutes
Special equipment:Regular or high-speed blender


  • 3 ounces arugula
  • 1 ripe mango, peeled and pitted
  • 1 lemon, peeled (remove white pith, too) and seeded
  • 1 teaspoon minced or grated fresh ginger
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup ice


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    Combine all ingredients in blender and puree until perfectly smooth. Divide between two glasses and serve immediately.


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