I made this drink today...delish!  Check out my

UPDATE

at the end of the blog.

Make the breakfast drink Dr. Oz swears by!  This “green drink” is high in fiber, low in calories, and rich in vitamins—an excellent way to

jumpstart your mornings

!!  Give it to you kids too!

Ingredients:


2 cups spinach

1/2 cucumber

1/4 head of celery (base and top leaves removed)

1/2 bunch parsley

1 bunch mint

3 carrots

2 apples

1/4 orange

1/4 lime

1/4 lemon

1/4 pineapple (analysis based off 1 c. pineapple chunks)

Directions:

 

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

The green drink has a strong taste and if you are used to drinking sweet drinks (ie: soda, sweet tea), the taste will take some getting used to.  If needed, Dr. Oz suggests adding other items at first to sweeten the green drink to your taste, such as a 2nd cucumber, another raw carrot, a little 100% fruit juice, a banana or an extra orange.

If you prefer to make a smaller amount, reduce all of the ingredients proportionally.  I recommend drinking it fresh rather than storing it in the refrigerator for later.

Nutrition Facts:

 

I plugged this recipe into my nifty nutrition analysis program (NutriBase 9 Pro Edition), and

this drink is packed with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B-6, Folate, Manganese, Iron, and Calcium. 

Please note, this analysis is based off the entire recipe:

Dr. Oz Green Drink Nutrition Label

YUM!  Enjoy!

UPDATE:

  I was finally able to try this lovely green drink Dr. Oz raves about, and I wanted to give you an update about my experience.  I was pleasantly surprised how tasty it was!  Even my 16 month old liked it!  I followed the recipe pretty closely, with the exception of mint because my grocery store didn’t have it.  Here are some tips I gathered after making this drink:

Tip #1:

  In my opinion, the flavors that stood out the most were the celery, parsley, and lime.  Don’t forget the lime!  I don’t think it would taste as good without the lime.  In fact, I squeezed the juice of 1 small lime, which probably added more juice than the amount ¼ lime would have.

Tip #2:

  When you add everything to your blender, I suggest adding the juicier ingredients first—the pineapple, orange, lemon and lime.  I think everything will blend easier this way.  It would also help to cut all the pieces into 1" portions.

Tip #3: 

I used a Vitamix blender and was able to blend it so the texture was extremely smooth.  The texture became especially smooth after I added some ice to the mixture.  It was really good cold, so adding ice towards the end of the blending process is something I would recommend. 

Tip #4:

  This batch made about 40 ounces, so my husband and I split it, and we gave a little to our son.  It was filling and if you’re not going to drink 40 ounces, I suggest splitting the recipe in half.  As I mentioned earlier, I don’t think I would want to drink it after it sat in the refrigerator for a few hours. 

Tip #5:

  I peeled the outside of the carrots, cored the apples, used 1 clementine rather than ¼ orange, and squeezed the juice of one small lime adding more lime flavor, which I personally loved.

Tip #6:

  If you prefer to boost the protein content, add a scoop of protein powder.  I think either a vanilla flavor or no flavor powder would taste best.

I will definitely make this drink again and can see myself drinking it frequently throughout the week.  It would be a great way to start the day or a yummy mid-morning or afternoon snack.

Just a side note, this drink will keep the bowels flowing.  Cheers!

If you have any other tips to add from your experience with this recipe, let’s hear them!

In Health and Happiness,

Kelly Harrington, MS, RD

Nutritionist for Healthy Goods

Kelly Harrington, MS, RD

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