It’s Green and It’s Good for You
Yes, it is truly green – a rather dubious green. Sort of army green. Honestly, it does not look appetizing at all! Have I convinced you yet? Seriously, try this drink. Would you drink it if it contains half of the daily requirement of fruits and vegetables, gives an energy boost in the morning, detoxifies and seems to reduce acne? And it actually tastes good? That last one was the hardest to swallow – pardon the pun. My daughter, champion of its many merits, shared this recipe.
It does seem to include at least half of the fresh fruits and vegetables needed in a day. This will be obvious once you see the ingredients. Bananas, apples, pears, spinach, romaine lettuce, celery, lemon juice, and water. I know; it sounds awful when one thinks about drinking it. We hesitantly gave it a go. Surprisingly, it actually tasted good. One benefit of this drink is getting so many servings of fruits and vegetables in one go. It can be tricky to have the five to eight recommended servings everyday. I knew romaine was way healthier than iceberg lettuce, but I was surprised by how healthy it is. It is an excellent source of vitamins K, A, and C, beta-carotene, potassium, folic acid, omega 3 fatty acids, fiber, and other vitamins and minerals. Vitamin C and beta-carotene, in particular, are heart-healthy.
Actually, the word detoxify brings to mind crazy diets. This isn’t meant to replace healthy eating with a fad diet. It is rather filling and could replace breakfast, but not necessarily so. Your usual healthy eating should not change. The energy boost is supposed to come from the body absorbing all of those good foods quickly in somewhat liquid form. It does give a get-up-and-go feeling. I hesitate to even think this, but it could take the place of a cup of coffee as the way to start out the day.
Truly, it does taste good. I expected it to taste like lettuce, but it does not. The fruits give it a slightly sweet flavor. Good enough to have everyday, if one is organized to make that happen. That is the difficult part for me. This drink can be made every other day and then refrigerate half of it. That requires keeping those fruits and veggies in the house … which requires organized grocery shopping. So, we go in spurts. When we remember to shop, we make it in the morning. We started with just 8 ounces and then graduated to 12 ounces, once we discovered the pleasant taste. Here’s the recipe. Remember to wash everything first. If organics are available or affordable, use those.
My Daughter’s Green Drink
- 1 1/2 cups of water
- one small head of romaine lettuce, torn in pieces
- a handful of spinach
- 1 pear, cored and cut in quarters
- 1 apple, cored and cut in quarters
- 2 bananas, peeled
- one stalk celery
- a splash of lemon juice
- Put the water in the blender. Add the romaine and blend well. Use the stalk of celery to help push down the romaine. It helps to stop the blender occasionally to push down the lettuce.
- Add the spinach and blend well.
- Add each fruit, one at a time, and blend well.
- Add a splash of lemon juice and blend till smooth and no chunks remain.
- More water can be added if too thick for one’s taste.
- Refrigerate the leftovers and re-blend the next day. This does keep for two days.
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