I recently received the book The Healthy Green Drink Diet from one of my wonderful clients. It is chocked full of valuable information and recipes to create delicious, nutrient rich green juices and smoothies. It also has lots of photographs, which I love. I am so excited to finally be putting it to use. For those who have never had green juices, you may start with some of the smoothies or juices that contain more fruit. Over the last few years I have eased my way into drinking green smoothies and now I can’t get enough of them. So for my first recipe trial, I went with one of the most refreshing green drinks in the book, their signature ‘The Healthy Green Drink’.The Healthy Green Drink
- 1 bunch watercress
- 1 green apple
- 1 lime (peeled)
- 1/4 English cucumber
- 4 mint leaves
- water / ice
Fill blender with as much water and ice as you like and add ingredients. Blend until smooth.
I couldn’t find watercress, so I substituted a few handfuls of spinach. I am also a bit addicted to ginger, so I added an inch long chunk of it to the blender. Because we love green smoothies in our home, we invested in a super powered blender (a Vitamix from Costco). Be aware that some blenders may not blend the ginger very well. You may need to grate it for a better consistency in your smoothie. I also added coconut water, in addition to filtered water.
Optional Healthy Add-Ons:
- protein powder (for a more filling drink)
- ginger (if you are addicted, like I am… also great for digestion)
- banana (for sweetness)
- avocado (for creaminess & healthy fats – also helps increase absorption of other nutrients)
- flax seeds (for fiber & omega 3s)
- walnuts or almonds (for healthy oils & fats)
- coconut water
Green for Life is another great book about a family who ‘goes green’ as a last ditch effort to heal their bodies from ailments and disease. It also includes great recipes.