2012

DECEMBER GREEN DRINK 

There’s even more indulgence in December. That’s when we need our green drinks the most! This drink spreads just as much joy as holiday fare, but is much easier on the waistline. From New York’s postage-stamp-sized  One Lucky Duck Juice and Carry Away on 17th. This drink is spicy and perfect for the holiday season. Enjoy!

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Cardamom Joy

1 cup unsweetened vanilla Almond milk

1 tsp. chlorophyl (spirulina) or other green powder

1/2 tsp. cardamom

1/2 cucumber

1/2 tsp. star anise’

1 medjool date

stevia to taste (date is pretty sweet so you probably want to try it first)

Directions: 

Place everything in a blender and blend starting on low speed. Add more almond milk if it gets too thick.

NOVEMBER GREEN DRINK

After the admittedly excessive drinking and eating that went along with Thanksgiving, I was craving a cleanse. I did a mini-cleanse– 3 days of nothing but smoothies– and it really helped. Here’s one that I tried and it was delish! FYI if you don’t like bok choy, this one won’t sit very well with ya, however bok choy is a negative calorie food which means it helps burn calories–just something to keep in mind. The recipe is courtesy of Jason Manheim’s book, The Healthy Green Drink.

Tropical Sun 

2 bulbs bok choy

1 orange

1 cup coconut water

1 cup pineapple

1 banana

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a blender. Add additional coconut water if needed.

OCTOBER GREEN DRINK 

This one comes from–who else?–Dr. Oz. We’ve all come to trust the guy, so I gave his green drink a whirl and I have to say it was delicious and, admittedly, one of my favorite recipes ever. I’m a ginger lover, so just be warned that you can really taste it in this concoction. As with all green drinks, this one is high in fiber, low-calorie and rich in vitamins and perfect for the approaching cold and flu season!

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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

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a blender. This makes approximately 28-30 ounces, or 3-4 servings

SEPTEMBER GREEN DRINK

This one comes from “The Blender Girl” blog. Not only does she provide tasty green drink recipes, but she also addresses her readers as “Piggies,” which I find funny, if not slightly condescending. Regardless, I was drawn to this recipe because it uses green grapes which contains both anti-aging resveratrol and catechins which are powerful flavonoids (also found in green tea). The citrus adds a nice tartness, and the pear and banana give it a thick, smooth consistency.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (160 g) green grapes
  • 1 (140 g) orange, peeled
  • 1/2 (89 g) Bartlett pear, seeded
  • 1 (118 g) fresh banana, peeled
  • 1 cup (70 g) kale
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) water
  • 2 cups (480 ml) ice cubes

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a blender. This makes approximately 28-30 ounces, or 3-4 servings

AUGUST GREEN DRINK

I’m so excited to announce: it’s officially blackberry season! I always get giddy this time of year; the purple-stained hands I get from picking and the sweet smell wafting off the bowl of freshly-picked berries transports me back to childhood. The kids in my neighborhood would spend all day collecting the berries and then deliver heaping buckets to our parents who would then craft delicious pies and cobblers from them. Besides being my absolute favorite berry and, dare I say, the most versatile of the berries, another benefit is that you feel like you’re pulling one over on grocery stores–you can harvest a huge bounty right in your backyard, one that would cost a ton if you bought them packaged. Take that, Met Market.

After scouring the internet to find a killer blackberry green drink recipe, I stumbled upon Emily Lynne Smith’s sweet website, The Best of This Life, a lifestyle and food blog that focuses on “healthy eating, wellness and living an inspired life.” Love that! After  trying–and disliking–a couple other recipes from other sources, this is by far the best recipe I’ve found. So delicious!

Happy picking!

Megan

KALE + BLACKBERRY GREEN DRINK  (makes two servings)

2 cups of kale leaves, chopped

1 cup of blackberries

1 sweet apple, sliced finely

1/3 cup grated carrots

2 Tablespoons of chia seeds

1 1/3 cup of coconut milk

4-6 ice cubes

Wash and prepare fruits and vegetables. Place kale and blackberries in the blender with coconut milk.

Blend on high 2-3 minutes. Add in apples and carrots. Blend until smooth. Add in ice cubes and chia seeds. Use frozen drink setting (or ice crush) – blend for another 1-2 minutes.

Serve in highball glasses and enjoy!

JULY GREEN DRINK

Green Machine Smoothie 

This yummy green drink recipe comes from Whole Living Magazine. I just started growing my own kale, so I’m really excited to blend it up in this recipe!

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Ingredients

  • 6 romaine leaves, chopped
  • 4 kale leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley sprigs
  • 1/2 cup chopped pineapple
  • 1/2 cup chopped mango
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and chopped

Directions

  1. Combine romaine, kale, parsley, pineapple, mango, ginger, and 1 1/2 cups water in a blender and blend until smooth.

JUNE GREEN DRINK

This recipe comes from the fantastic raw uncook book, “Live Raw: Raw Food Recipes For Good Health and Timeless Beauty” by Mimi Kirk. This drink isn’t green per se, but is a healthy addition to a summer garden party!

“SUMMER CELEBRATION” 

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Ingredients: 

1 large mango

1 pomegranate, juiced (you can use Pom pomegranate juice if you don’t have to time to juice it yourself)

2 cups filtered water

1/2 pineapple

1 Tbsp agave or 2 medjool dates

Ice as desired

Directions: 

Place all in blender and blend until smooth. Serve in a frosted glass a skewer of fruit, edible flowers or an umbrella for beautiful presentation.

MAY GREEN DRINK

Another one from Mimi! She likes to juice the recipe, but I like blending because it keeps the fiber intact.

“POWER GREENS”

Ingredients:

2 apples

3 stalks celery

2 handfuls of spinach

1/2 fennel bulb

1 cucumber

3 romaine lettuce leaves

2 kale leaves, stems removed

1” piece of ginger, peeled

1/2 lemon

Directions:

In a blender, puree all the ingredients with 1 1/2 cups water or coconut water until smooth. Serve with a lime wedge.

APRIL GREEN DRINK 

“Spicy Banana-Fo-Fana Date Shake” 

A lot of clients complain that they would like to find a healthy alternative to dessert. This shake is a perfect stand in when you need to satisfy your sweet tooth. This one also comes from the book “Raw Energy” by Stephanie Tourles (see below) and is a good source of potassium, sulfur, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, iron, B and E vitamins and fiber. A little of this drink goes a long way!

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1 1/2 to 2 cups almond or hemp milk

4 Medjool dates, pitted (if hard soak in water for 1 hr before blending)

2 medium frozen bananas

1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg, cinnamon or cardamom

Directions:

Put everything in the blender and whirl– expect tiny date bits that you’ll have to chew. Yum!

MARCH GREEN DRINK

This recipe comes from the book “Raw Energy” by Stephanie Tourles, a fabulous raw “un-cook” book with energy bar, smoothie and snack recipes. This green drink is blood-building and increases mental alertness and stamina, so is another good breakfast or afternoon green drink if you need a little boost. It’s also a good source of vitamins B and C, potassium, phosphorus, selenium, magnesium, copper, iron, zinc and chlorophyll.

“Green Gladiator Go-Go Shake” 

2 medium tangerines

2 cups frozen rasberries

1/4 cup raw cashews or 1 Tbsp. raw cashew butter

1/4 cup purified water or coconut water

1 Tbsp. raw unrefined coconut oil

1 Tbsp. spirulina (a great vegan protein source; I like Health Force Spirulina Manna)

2 tsp. Siberian ginseng root (eleuthero) powder

Directions:

Put all ingredients in a blender. Tourles suggests “chewing” each sip so that the drink mixes with your saliva for easy digestion. This will happen naturally as this drink is pretty thick!

FEBRUARY GREEN DRINK

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I like to have this green drink in the morning. It has a ton of vitamin C for energy, cayenne to get your metabolism revving for the day, ginger to boost immunity and fight inflammation and ground flax seeds for brain-boosting omega fatty acids. The vanilla and stevia are a sweet addition, offsetting the tartness of the citrus.

“Breakfast Citrus Smoothie”

1/2 cucumber

1/2 cup pineapple

1/2 bundle of cilantro

2 carrots, chopped

1/2 lemon (I just cut it in half and peel it like an orange)

1/2 lime

1/3 cup blueberries

knob of peeled ginger

dash of cayenne

2 Tbsp. ground flax

2 tsp vanilla

stevia to taste

Directions:

In a blender, puree all the ingredients with water or coconut water until smooth.

JANUARY GREEN DRINK 

This green drink comes from the book, Living Raw Food by Sarma Melngailis. I had the pleasure of going to her brick-and-mortar raw restaurant/ smoothie hole-in-the-wall in New York. This drink is very filling and has tons of beneficial enzymes for digestive health as well as electrolytes to balance bodily fluid and help flush your system of holiday indulgences. It also has tons of (bacteria-fighting) cilantro, which is why I love it so much! The combination with the pineapple is to die for.

“Cilantro-Pineapple Shake ”

2 cucumbers

1/2 pineapple, peeled and chopped (most grocery stores carried pre-cut pineapple)

1 large bunch of cilantro

1/2 cup coconut water

Stevia or 2 Tbsp. of agave nectar

2 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions:

In a blender, puree all the ingredients with water or coconut water until smooth.

DECEMBER GREEN DRINK

This green drink is one of my favorites and is my go-to green drink in the virus-filled winter months. It’s chock full of carotenoids, which are a powerful antioxidants that contribute to the red, orange and yellow pigments of fruits and veggies. Grapefruit and carrots both contain the carotenoid, lycopene, which may reduce the risk of some cancers. The grapefruit is also packed full of vitamin c which, as we know, helps to ward off colds this time of year. Bee pollen is an excellent source of vitamin b12–essential for vegans as their diets are often deficient; it may even help alleviate respiratory issues like asthma and allergies. Hemp seeds are a superior source of omega fatty acids and contains high amounts of phosphorous, magnesium, iron and zinc, which are all essential to our immunity. Glucomannan is derived from the root of the konjac plant and forms a bulky fiber that promotes bowel movements to help eliminate all those dense Holiday indulgences!

“Carotenoid Blaster” 
Fill the blender with:
1/2 grapefruit
1/2 cucumber
1 carrot, chopped or shredded
1 cup cilantro
1/2 tsp bee pollen (caution: some may have severe allergic reactions to bee pollen)
3 Tbsp hemp seeds
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 scoop favorite green powder (mine is ORAC Energy Greens by Paradise)
2 packets of stevia
1 capsule Glucomannan (if you want a little extra fiber)
Fill the rest up (full!) with favorite leafy greens:
chard, kale, spinach

NOVEMBER GREEN DRINK

“Tryptophan Kicker”

Inspired by November’s tryptophan-rich turkey mascot, this green drink is chocked full of the chemical–which is a precursor to serotonin (the happiness chemical) and melatonin (the sleep chemical)–thanks to the cacao nibs and pure cocoa powder. They also contain the powerful adrenal-related chemical, Phenylethylamine (PEA) which is created in the brain and is released when we fall in love. This amazing superfood also also has anti-aging effects thanks to its chemical components that can protect the skin from the damaging effects of sun exposure. More superfoods in this green drink include almond butter which is high in riboflavin, vitamin E (an anti-aging antioxidant) and magnesium; and MSM which promotes joint health.

1 tbsp Cacao Nibs

Blueberry Brain Boost Smoothie

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1 tbsp almond butter (or peanut butter or sesame seed butter)

2 tbsp Pure, unsweetened Cocoa Powder

2 packets stevia

1 cup blackberries or blueberries

1 scoop favorite green powder (mine is ORAC Energy Greens by Paradise)

1 cup of almond milk

1/2 cup purified water

1/2 tsp MSM powder

Ice

Directions:

Fill the blender with the ingredients then add almond milk. Add ice about half way up, and blend. Because it is blended with ice, it’s also a nice stand-in for frozen dessert!