I regularly make this drink Dr. Oz swears by, and figured today was an appropriate time to share it--after all the holiday imbibing! You'll be pleasantly surprised by this "green" drink's tastiness. It's high in fiber, low in calories, and rich in vitamins—an excellent way to jumpstart your mornings!! Give it to your kids too. My son loved it at 16 months old, and now with two kids under my belt, ages 2 and 3 years, they love it!
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.
I usually followe the recipe pretty closely, with the exception of mint because I have a hard time finding it in my grocery store. Here's the recipe, and I posted some tips I've gathered from making this drink over time.
2 cups spinach
1-2 stocks celery (fyi: celery adds a very strong flavor)
1/2 bunch parsley
1 bunch mint
3 carrots (I peeled mine first)
2 apples (core removed)
1/4 orange or 1 clementine
1/4 pineapple (nutrition analysis based off 1 c. pineapple chunks)
Combine all ingredients in a blender. This makes approximately 28-30 ounces, or 3-4 servings.
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:
In my opinion, the flavors that stand out the most are 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 1/2 to 1 small lime, which probably added more juice than the amount ¼ lime would have provided. Don't overdue the celery or it will overpower the flavor.
When you add everything to your blender, I suggest adding the juicier ingredients first—the pineapple, orange, lemon and lime. Everything blends easier this way. It would also help to cut all the pieces into 1" portions.
I use a Vitamix blender and blend it into an extremely smooth texture. The texture especially became smooth after I added some ice to the mixture. It tastes best when it's cold, so adding ice towards the end of the blending process is something recommend.
It makes about 40 ounces, so my husband and I split it, and give some to our kids. I don’t think I would want to drink it after it sat in the refrigerator for a few hours.
This is a great drink to add several times 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, RDN
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for Healthy Goods