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Of course, I love to eat. As a food writer for Palm Beach Modern Luxury, I get to try some of the tastiest tapas in town. It's a tough assignment, but someone's got to chew it. In between dinners, I have to try and behave. That's why my Vitamix was one of the best investments (along with that pressure cooker I also wax poetic on). I can make gazpacho, smoothies and juices in no time.

Here's a cleansing, purifying and tasty smoothie. It's made with spirulina, a flavor I am not a fan of (let's be honest!), but that is so good for you. I promise that you barely taste it with all the other ingredients. Spirulina is a hydrocarbon vegetable loaded with vitamins, protein, minerals, folate, omega-3s and so many other important goodies! And it has the prettiest emerald green hue.

FYI: I don't juice, I blend because I prefer to have the fiber in my drink andthe extra space on my counter.



1 cup water

1/2 cup pineapple juice

1 (non-heaping) tablespoon spirulina powder

1 handful of spinach (or other leafy green such as kale)

2 dates

1/2 cucumber

juice of 1 lemon/ lime

1 tablespoon of maple syrup  (optional)

Handful of ice

Blend well. Drink cold! Your friends will be green with envy ...

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