2015

WHAT IS A “GREEN DRINK” ?

I started doing green drinks a couple years ago because I wanted a quick and easy way to get a lunch/snack on the go that packed a big nutritional punch. The concept is simple and the product is delicious: you fill a blender with your favorite antioxidant and flavanoid-rich produce, like swiss chard, kale, collards, spinach, grapefruit, blueberries and the like, and voila! You get a phytonutrient-rich, heart healthy, immune-boosting, anti-aging drink that will give you some zip in your step and make you feel oh-so-good!

Bon appetit!

-Megan

WINTER GREEN DRINKS

Now that we’ve physically and mentally recovered from the “Stresshawks” magical win against the Packers, everyone in Seattle is beaming with pride. In celebration of our beloved Hawks heading back to our second Super Bowl in a row (WHOOP!), all the winter recipes and green drink recipes are Seahawks-themed. They’ll keep you healthy and pump you up– unlike the deflated attitude (pun intended) the Pats will be sporting when we make more miracles happen on the 1st. Note: no skittles were used in the making of these recipes.

Russell’s Tears Smoothie 

I know I’m not the only one who teared up when Russell cried at the end of the NFC Championship game. In honor of “DangeRuss” who personifies the mantra “Why not us?”, and shows us what it means to work hard and follow your dreams, this healthy smoothie’s sweet, a bit salty and tastes like victory.

Photo credit: Raw Food Real World

Photo credit: Raw Food Real World

Serves 2 to 4

Ingredients:

2 cups pineapple chunks

1 small, ripe banana or 1 cup frozen diced banana

1 cup diced mango

1 1/2 cups coconut water

2 packets of stevia

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Pinch of sea salt

1 cup frozen blueberries

Directions: 

In a blender, puree all ingredients except blueberries until smooth. Pour out about half of the mixture into serving glasses, filling each glass halfway. Add the blueberries to the remaining shake in the blender and blend until smooth. Gently pour the remaining blueberry shake over the pineapple-mango shake. Note: Pouring the mixture over the back of a spoon helps keep the two layers separate.

Adapted from the book Raw Food Real World by Mathew Kenney and Sarma Melngailis

Blueberry + Mint Smoothie 

This smoothie is from Gwyneth Paltrow’s website goop.com. According to the website, this smoothie is “antioxidant-rich and encourages healthy hair, skin and nails.” So we can look our best when we’re rooting for our Hawks!

Photo credit: goop.com

Photo credit: goop.com

Makes 1 large smoothie

Ingredients:

1 cup coconut water

1 cup almond milk

1 cup frozen pineapple

1 cup frozen blueberries

1/2 cup fresh mint leaves

1/2 lemon juice

1 tablespoon coconut oil

4-6 drops stevia

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a powerful blender.