Serves 2

This may be the healthiest thing you can eat. Ever. Call it Monster Powers Juice and it is a brilliant way to get kids to eat masses of greens. For the slightly more mature amongst us it also seems to do a quite nice job on a mild hangover. Mix it up by adding grated ginger or chopped mint.

1 medium and properly ripe banana (frozen is especially nice)
1 medium orange or half a mango – or use a whole mango and skip the banana
1 cup water
½ to 1 cup, depending on preference, of mixed weeds. Cleavers, dandelion (keep this one minimal if you dislike bitter flavours), sow thistle, chickweed, nettle, plantain, and mallow all work well). Avoid fennel, nasturtium and more than a skerrick of purslane in this context, as their strong flavours will really take over.

  1. Wash and de-stem all weeds, and chop across the grain. Peel and slice orange, removing any pips, and break banana into chunks.
  2. Place all ingredients into a blender and whizz until smooth.

Notes: It really helps to have a powerful blender or you’ll never get it all nice and creamy. If you don’t want to spend the family inheritance on the industry go-to Vitamix, check out something like their cheaper rivals Optimum, Omniblend or Logik Octablend. There will be compromises with longevity, but the blend is good with any of these.