I love fresh juice as much as the next person. It's way too expensive for me to purchase outside, so I tend to make it at home. There are some great things about making your own juices and also some not so great things about juicing at home - namely cleaning the juicer for 20 minutes after 5 minutes of juicing.
1 1/4 - 1 1/2 cups fresh pineapple juice (or use whatever juice you'd like)
2 ripe bananas, peeled
1" piece ginger, peeled and chopped
1 lime, juiced (helps preserve the color and adds a "brightness" to the smoothie)
3-4 kale leaves, torn into pieces (reserve stems*)
2 large collard leaves, torn into pieces (reserve stems*)
3-4 chard or other green leaves, torn into pieces (reserve stems*)
handful well-washed spinach
1 tablespoon ground flax or chia seeds
1/4 cup frozen strawberries or blueberries (optional but good)
6-8 ice cubes
1. Place the juice in the base of the blender. Add the leafy greens, the ginger, lime juice, flax and frozen berries.
2. Blend on high until all of the leaves have blended smooth - this may take a couple minutes and several scrapings of the blender pitcher. If you do not have a vita mix (which I shockingly do not yet), a regular blender will work fine, although will not be silky smooth. I think it's great though - you know what you're eating.
3. Once the smoothie is, well, smooth, add the ice and blend for 30 seconds or so until the juice is chilled. Sample and if too sour, add a touch more juice.
4. Delicious and so healthy!
* If you will be juicing the pineapple or other fruit juice yourself, I recommend saving the green stems and juicing them along with the fruit. A great way to keep waste to a minimum. And extra healthy.