Food-studies expert A. Breeze Harper knows good eats. Based out of the University of California, Davis, the researcher, speaker, and author of the popular blog turned book Sistah Vegan has a nonstop schedule. To stay balanced, she crafted the perfect kale smoothie. "This recipe is packed with nutrients that boost your immune system and fuel energy."
5 large lacinato kale leaves, de-spined
1 large ruby-red grapefruit
1 tsp. Hawaiian spirulina powder (available at health-food stores or nutrex-hawaii.com)
16 oz. water
1 to 1¼ in. fresh ginger root
4 ice cubes
2 pitted dates (optional sweetener)
½ medium avocado
Put all ingredients in a blender on high for about 1½ minutes. Pour into a sealable glass to sip during commutes.