Drinking the Green
Jun. 10, 2013 4:56 am
Updated: Jun. 11, 2013 7:03 am
Don't fear the Green. Take it by the hand.
Greens, as in the dark leafy greens such as kale, spinach, swiss chard, and watercress, are powerhouses in terms of being low calorie, extremely high in nutritional value, and packed with plenty blood clotting and bone strengthening vitamin K.
In my quest to search out for more healthier drink choices, I've come across a type of beverage called
Healthy Green Drink. It provides me a healthy energy boost for the start of my day, and throughout my day as I make up 32 ozs. per day. It gives me a spark and skip to my step. I just can't believe all those sweetened
carbonated energy drinks and souped up caffeine shots that bring you way up and then drops you down like lead balloon can be all that healthy.
As someone who battles high blood pressure and cholesterol issues, I started using Green Drinks to help improve my numbers when I visited the doctor for my follow-ups. I sure don't like it when Dr. Isakov starts fussing at me. Drinking the Green allows my
body to take on vitamins and nutrients in a more natural state rather than in a processed pill form. Plus, I'm getting a chockful of antioxidants to aid in cancer prevention, and beneficial fiber which helps with the digestive system. Rather than taking
a food away from my diet, I'm adding something beneficial to my diet.
So, what is a Green Drink? It is essentially a drink/juice/smoothie with a base ingredient of one or more of the dark leafy greens. The Green of your choice is blended in a blender with a type of water (can be spring water, coconut water, or some other favorite
water), and a selection or two of a fruit such as peach, pineapple, mango, strawberry, blueberry, etc. To kick up some seriously great flavors, you can also add a superfood such as avocado, sprouts (alfalfa, bean, broccoli, etc.), wheatgrass, acai berries,
etc. and an herb such as cilantro, mint, basil, oregano, etc. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.
The basic formula is such:
Add some water to a blender.
One of my favorite flavor combinations is a mix of power greens of spinach, bok choy, and swiss chard with peach, strawberry, avocado, and mint blended in coconut water. I call this
Green Drink 57. If you are interested in giving my concoction a try, click on the drink name for the recipe page. It has been submitted to the Allrecipes staff for review.
Now, Dear Readers, it is time for you to come up with your own flavor combinations and start blending. I would very much be interested in your personal favorite combos and encourage you to post them in the comment section below. I'd like to try a few of yours.
Who knows? Maybe, Mi Gato Loco will award you a golden Stamp of Approval (SOA).
Until later, Dear Readers, keep on Drinking the Green!