For my first blog post I’d like to share one of the very first things I incorporated into my life when I started to adapt healthier ways. My beloved green drink. Eating lots of fresh (and hopefully local) vegetables is so important to our overall health, yet many people find it difficult to eat enough every day. This is how my green drink came about:
I got the idea of making myself a daily green drink after I had my son and I realized that chomping an entire salad of vegetables simply took too much time! I had always taken a salad of spinach, bell peppers, tomatoes, and zucchini to work for lunch for at least the previous 6 years, maybe longer, so I didn't want to give up my healthy veggies but needed a quicker way to get them into my belly.
So, I Googled "green drink" and I found Dr. Oz's recipe which I believe included spinach, celery, cucumbers, apples, and lemon. Over the years I have done several variations and I used to puree an entire week's worth in my food processor. Now I make one a day at least 5 days a week in my Magic Bullet. (May 2017 Update: I now use a Blendtec and I highly recommend it!)
This summer, since I'm growing swiss chard and kale in my garden, I use kale or chard, lemon, cucumber, peppers or celery if I have them, and frozen organic raspberries and blueberries. Please keep in mind that this is a health drink - think
"food as fuel" or "eat to live rather than live to eat."
With the kale it tastes just okay, but I love it anyway because I know it's chock full of vitamins and antioxidants and I'll do anything I can to ward off illness and disease. (Greens and berries are superfoods that attack free radicals that can lead to cancer.) With the swiss chard or spinach I can even get my 2 year old to take some sips from a straw, so you know it must taste good. Sometimes I'll even throw in some flax seed, chia seed, or wheat germ for some added health benefits and fiber. Here's an added bonus that I recently learned - when eating pureed, and especially juiced vegetables, the vitamins and nutrients are more readily available to our bodies so we get even more benefits from them.
Susan's Green Drink
(sometimes purple-ish due to the added berries)
- 1 BIG handful of kale, swiss chard, or spinach (from my garden or farmers market if possible)
- small cucumber
- juice of half a lemon
- small handful of parsley
- 1/2 cup frozen organic blueberries and/or raspberries
- some bell pepper or celery if on hand
In my Magic Bullet I put a few tablespoons of water in to help the blending along, then the lemon juice and greens and blend. Then the cucumber and blend, then any other veggies and blend, then the berries and blend. In a food processor or blender you could add a little at a time, or you might even be able to put everything in and blend away. Easy peasy!
What variations will you try? Leave a comment below to let me know how they turn out!