For the love of green.

Because I thought someone out there might be interested, I introduce to you:

The Green Drink

I'm not sure if anyone else has tried to concoct a healthy green drink on their own, but I did, many, many times without success.

It wasn't pretty.
Nor was it tasty.

{I always drank my concoctions because I knew they were good for me, but my kids wound only drink the green if they were on the brink of starvation. }

Thankfully, I stopped guessing and began to use wonderful base recipe compliments of Oz for our green drinks that my friend Inez shared with me.

I'm not going to lie.
Drinking a green vegetable drink isn't always a culinary delight,
but I can honestly say that my body CRAVES the unique blend of green goodness, and so do my kids.
No joke.
 I have truly grown to love them, plus, they make me feel fantastic!

Thanks to Oz, there have been happy green mustache smiles in our home ever since!

Dr. Oz's Green Drink

2 cups spinach
2 cups cucumber
1 head of celery
1/2 inch or teaspoon ginger root
1 bunch parsley
2 apples
Juice of 1 lime
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Combine all ingredients in a blender. This makes approximately 28-30 ounces, or 3-4 servings.

Until I got the hang of things I followed Dr. Oz's recipe.
Now I just put whatever I have on hand....

Pictured is what happened to be in my drink that particular day.

Julie's Green Drink On a Random Day:
1 bunch of parsley
1/2 of a cucumber
3 chunks of jicama
1 teaspoon of jalapeno
1 inch slice of ginger
3 small celery stalks
1 lemon juiced
1 lime juiced
Stevia to taste
2 cups of water
1 cup of ice

Stuff it all in a blender and blend it all up until it is a lovely shade of spring green.
Add some ice and blend until smooth.

* When wrote this post for a Fitness Challenge a few months ago I drank it fruit free (asside from the low sugar citrus) since I was doing a candida cleans but I added 1 cup of fresh pineapple to my kid's drink, which I suggest you do if it's your first time!

*I vary the greens that I add, but strangely enough, my favorite green to add is PARSLEY. It has an interesting taste, but I love it! As a bonus, it's got an excellent amount of calcium in it!

*The lemon/lime are essential in my opinion.

*If your blender isn't as beefy as the Blendtec, I would definitely cut the vegis into smaller chunks. The less flecks of dark green, the better. ;)

Feeling gutsy?!?!
C'mon, give it a try!


Theresa said...

here's my recipe for a yummy green drink: couple handfuls of spinich, a leaf of kale, maybe some romaine lettuce, little bit of water, maple syrup to sweeten, frozen strawberries, banana, maybe an apple or some applesauce. Yum. You could also do some mixed frozen berries too. Jamie loves it. the spinich is pretty mild in flavor,..the kale is a stronger flavor so I don't put much in,..the romaine kinda doesn't change much for me,... the maple syrup, and fruit are what make the flavor a success...no need to overdo it,..but you can always start with more fruit and gradually move to less fruit more greens over time. It's my staple.

Cindy said...

Growing up, my mom worked at a health food store, making juices, in particular wheat grass. I would try, although I love the smell of grass, the juice made me gag.:/ But, I did try ..is it called naked juice? I'm not sure, but it was their green drink, it wasn't bad..but still not my favorite. But just for you I'll thaw my last greenie today and drink. :) Although I much prefer watermelon.

Mary said...

I appreciate this post seeing as I just got a vitamixer....and have been thinking of trying the green drink but also a little scared of it at the same time.