Pipe Cleaner Smoothie inspired by Animo

Today’s smoothie was inspired by Animo, a Juice and Burrito bar across the street from my office, called “Pipe Cleaner”. Animo has delicious smoothies and burritos, but the service is tortuously slow. I can only go in there if I have ordered a head of time or I find myself getting irrationally angry at the poor hardworking staff.
The “Pipe Cleaner is from the “Specialty Blend lit” listed with the ingredients here and consists of:

  • Lemon
  • Apple
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Leafy greens
  • Banana
  • Psyllium husk

The was I made it, approximately 415 calories.
Apple: 60 c; Carrots: 30 c; Beets: 60 c; Leafy Greens: 15 c; Banana: 120 c; Pomegranate Pear Juice: 130 c.

The problem with taking a recipe from the menu is there are no directions, only a vague list of ingredients. So, I have to wing it a bit and that seems to have worked out well.

First, I unintentionally forgot the lemon. I had one and just forgot the put it in until I was drinking the smoothie … it was my intention to squeeze in the juice of an entire lemon. I added one medium honey crisp apple, a cup of carrots, and one chopped up beet. I used spinach as my leafy green …. about two heaping handfuls, a large banana, and I nixed the Psyllium husk because I did not plan ahead and didn’t have any, but it can be order on Amazon here. And, there was no liquid in the recipe … I need liquid to help blend and not break the blender. I know I could have used water, but I added Nantucket Nectar Pomegranate Pear Juice because I have had this smoothie before and knew what was coming … the taste of dirt. The juice was intended to dissipate the earthy taste. It didn’t work. I guess the taste of beets overtakes the smoothie and there is nothing I can do about it.

Warning: the smoothie looks the same going out as it does going in.

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