Spinach Sparkler from The Vitamix Cookbook

As the holiday season gears up, it’s easy to get caught up in a whirlwind of good food and desserts. Trust us, we know the feeling. Stay healthy this season with this delicious recipe for a Spinach Sparkler from The Vitamix Cookbook by Jodi Berg. This fresh green smoothie will have you feeling rejuvenated throughout the winter and we think it will become a staple in your morning routine. The Vitamix Cookbook  is a gorgeous, fully-illustrated companion to a Vitamix to help you enjoy the benefits of a whole foods diet. It features more than 200 simple, scrumptious, easy-to-prepare recipes that use a blender—most taking less than thirty minutes with beautiful pictures. Purchase your copy today from your favorite retailer. Also, check out a video about the book here.

Spinach Sparkler

058_Vitamix_spinach_sparkler_043Bright green and delightfully bubbly, this sparkler gives you a new and enchanting way to drink your vegetables. Using almost all of a lemon here—the zest and the fruit, but not the bitter pith—gives you bright citrus flavor.

PREPARATION: 15 minutes PROCESSING: 45 seconds YIELD: 3 servings

¼ cup (60 ml) still water
1 medium cucumber, cut into pieces
1 celery stalk, halved
2½ cups (70 g) spinach leaves
2 tablespoons (7 g) fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
Grated zest of 1 lemon
1 lemon, peeled and halved
1 tablespoon pineapple juice
1/³ cup (120 ml) ice cubes
1⁄3 to 2/3 cup (80 to 160 ml) sparkling water

1. Place all the ingredients except the sparkling water into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure the lid. Select Variable 1. Turn the machine on and slowly increase the speed to Variable 10, then to High. Blend for 45 seconds, using the tamper to press the ingredients into the blades.
2. Divide among 3 glasses and top with sparkling water. AMOUNT PER 1 CUP SERVING: calories 35, total fat 0 g, saturated fat 0 g, cholesterol 0 mg, sodium 55 mg, total carbohydrate 10 g, dietary fiber 3 g, sugars 3 g, protein 2 g

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