Spinach Smoothie

Courtesy of Scott Stollwerk


Fresh spinach
1/2 large papaya
1 handful of parsley
1 handful of dandelion root
1 or 1 1/2 bananas
The freshly squeezed juice of 4 oranges


On Manhattan's Upper East Side (62nd Street between 1st and York), there is an organic market run by a former cook of His Holiness, The Dalai Llama. He is about 60 years old, but doesn't look a day over 40 (no doubt, due in part to about a gallon of wheatgrass juice a day). His name is Tenzin, and about three years ago I tried one of his delicious creations that he calls a breakfast shake. Instantly, I was hooked. And now my wife and I have adopted it as a staple in our diets, though with all respect due to Tenzin, we call it our Spinach Smoothie.

To make it, fill your blender about halfway with fresh spinach. Add one half of a large papaya, and a handful each of parsley and dandelion root. Add at least one banana (we prefer one and a half). Pour in fresh-squeezed orange juice about three fingers high on the blender. This is about the juice of four oranges, although admittedly, we sometimes cheat and use the 'fresh frozen' type. Then blend until smooth. If you love it, as I am sure you will, stop in and thank Tenzin Llama, the next time you find yourself raw in the Big Apple.

Scott found this recipe at http://www.rawfoodsnewsmagazine.com/

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