It’s Getting Green in Here: Green Juice and Smoothies

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Are you doing anything special for St. Patrick’s Day?

I’m starting my day running in the Shamrock Half Marathon with Team Veg, followed by another Sunday-Funday Pilates HIIT session.

But who said we have to wait until St. Patrick’s Day to celebrate green?

I celebrate it every day in my kitchen and hope you are inspired to do the same!

It’s pretty much a fact that the color green is a staple in my diet, so I took this week as a fun opportunity to share a few more green smoothie and juice recipes with you.

By now, you have already seen the basic green smoothie and general “guidelines” about how to make one. If not, refresh your memory here.

I even have a video about how to make a green smoothie. Watch it, if you haven’t already seen it.

So before you head out the door on Sunday to celebrate St. Patrick’s day, remember to gulp down one of these, or any of your favorite juice/smoothie recipes. And if you have a staple smoothie, juice recipe or just a favorite ingredient, share it in the comments below!

Glow Juice 

(makes 6 cups/servings of juice)
head of romaine
head of celery
2 cucumbers
1/2 bunch of parsley (or other greens: kale, spinach, etc…)
2 oranges (lemons work too)
3 pears (apples work too)
1.5 inch knob of ginger

The Glow Juice helps achieve an acid/alkaline balance in the body, hydrates the tissues, and pumps the body with enzymes and minerals, which by the way, perform over 95% of all of our bodily actions daily.  Maintaining a balance of alkalinity and acidity in our bodily tissues is one of the primary roles of nutrition. While acidity creates inflammation, puffiness, and dehydration of the tissues, green juice helps you achieve balance and glow from the inside out.

* I juice a tone of juice at a time, so this recipe is for 6 cups. I just refrigerate the leftovers and drink over two days. Feel free to make the portions smaller (but I don’t like to clean the juicer every day).

Morning Matcha Smoothie
1.5 cups almond milk (unsweetened)
1 frozen banana
4 ice cubes
1 tsp match tea powder
2 tbs flaxseeds or chia seeds
handful of greens (spinach, kale, romaine)
1 tsp vanilla
2 scoops stevia (optional)

Matcha is my new favorite substitute for coffee. I’ve been enjoying an occasional matcha tea latte with a little frothed almond milk and stevia. It’s a real treat.

Find yourself some pure, organic matcha powder. Its beautiful green color is a result of the bright chlorophyll.

Shamrockin’ Sunshine Smoothie
1.5 cup almond milk (unsweetend)
1/2 banana
1/4 cup young Thai coconut flesh (frozen or fresh)/substitute for another 1/2 banana if can’t find coconut
1/2 cup mango
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp turmeric
stevia (optional)

Bright yellow mangoes and the young Thai coconut gives the smoothie a creamy texture, and a spoon-full of turmeric rounds it out, adding a hint of spice.

Why turmeric?

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Turmeric is commonly present in Indian dishes and I’m always trying to find ways to add it to my diet. Turmeric research shows a whole host of beneficial properties – anti-inflammatory, helps relieve arthritis, IBD, anti-carcinogenic, improves liver function, lowers cholesterol. Plus it adds a little something special and  pairs really well with the mangoes.

Raise your green cups and cheers! St.Patrick’s Day or not, green juice is magical!

What’s your favorite thing to add to a green smoothie or juice?

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One Comment

  1. Jedidiah Soliz
    Posted March 12, 2013 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

    Yay!! Green makes me so happy!! I have to have green food everyday too and I love Matcha tea and Especially Almond Milk Latte’s!! I have not tried the Matcha smoothie yet though, so I’ll have to make that soon :)

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