Green Lemonade Love
Green Lemonade Juicer Recipe:
- 1 head romaine lettuce
- handful of dark leafies (5-6 leaves) of spinach, kale, collards, celery, or dandelion greens, etc. (I use kale)
- 1 whole lemon – peel, seeds, and all (Meyer lemons are sweeter)
- 2 fuji apples, cored (use 3 if you want to make it sweeter)
Juice and drink up right away.
I have owned a juicer in the past, but never used it. I do enjoy fresh “live” juices from a juice bar (they taste better when someone else has to clean up the mess!). However, my mother in law has a juicer and I thought I would give it a whirl again on my own during the next couple weeks before we leave. I found this juice recipe on Rawkin’: The Fine Tuned Art of Feeling Great From Eating Raw. It’s so cool that this can turn into the above photo! Bella loves to help me too.
I’ve been hearing about the amazing effects of “green drinks” for quite awhile now, but I’ve never implemented them. I’ve made the green lemonade for two days in a row now, and I am completely amazed at the results after such a short time. On a “normal” day, I eat a healthy high carb breakfast…and by mid-morning I’m back in the kitchen looking for a snack. And that continues for the remainder of the day (eat/snack/eat/snack). Not that there is anything wrong with snacking…I encourage it. However, my all day CRAVINGS have almost disappeared. My sugar cravings are going away, and I just feel “content” for so much longer than before. I’m excited to continue this for at least a week to gauge it’s effects. Yay!
Sidenote: For those of you who are thinking…GREAT! But that looks disgusting! It’s actually NOT. It doesn’t taste like grass. It’s rather sweet. The apples give it a delicious sweetness, and if you need it sweeter, just add some agave nectar. Whenever you are working with greens, just remember to add a sweet fruit with it…like a banana or apple. Mmmmm!
Here is a great article written by Victoria Boutenko (check out their “Raw Family” site)…it goes into more detail about why greens “fix” you 🙂 Next, I will try her green smoothies…which include the fiber of the fruits/veggies as well.
Here are some bonus green drink recipes from Raw Food, Right Now:
Begin With A Green Drink
by Heidi Ohlander
2 big handfuls of Spinach
1/2 cup parsley
1 rib of celery
1 thumb of ginger, skin peeled
1 medium cucumber
ice cubes (optional)
In a juicer, place all ingredients except optional ice cubes in a juicer until juiced. Serve in your favorite wine goblet or other favorite glass of choice. If desired, add ice cubes for a refreshing cold beverage.
And now…. here are the same ingredients, but this time this is the recipe that Dr. Oz mentioned at the end of the Oprah show. His recipe needed a bit of clarification, so our changes have been added below to help you understand his recipe.
Dr. Oz Green Drink
Modifications made by Heidi Ohlander
1 Cup Spinach
4 Celery Stalks
1 Large Apple (cored and peeled)
1 Lemon (juiced in a citrus juicer or by hand)
1 Lime (juiced in a citrus juicer or by hand)
1/2 Inch Piece of fresh Ginger (peeled)
(small handful of parsley)
water, to blend
ice cubes (optional)
Mix everything in a blender and blend until smooth. If needed blend on high 2-3 times until fully blended. Pour into two tall glasses and serve with ice cubes if desired.
Here is one more Green Smoothie recipe, this time with the addition of a banana. Adding a banana (or several) into a green smoothie gives it an unbelievable creamy texture, as well as helps the energy from the smoothie get absorbed into your body at a slower pace, which gives you released energy for hours!
Apple Lime Smoothie
by Heidi Ohlander
5 medium bananas
2 apples – harelson, honeycrisp, granny smith or similar tart/sweet apple (cored and peeled)
2 leaves of lacinato (dino) kale
1 cup of spinach
juice of 2 medium limes
1/4 cup water
ice cubes to taste (optional)
Place all ingredients in blender except ice cubes. Blend, adding ice cubes at the end while still blending. Pour into glasses.