|Posted by Carole Allen on February 21, 2014 at 1:10 PM|
In this post we are going to talk more about green drinks, thanks to the popularity of the Oprah Show entitled How to Turn Back Time Part 2 with Dr. Oz.... so keep reading!
Green Drinks are still being talked about all over the world, as people have had a chance to view their TiVo or DVR, or live outside of the U.S. who saw it the next day.
Oprah said it best in the show as she took her first sip of Dr. Oz's green drink:
Fresh indeed. There is nothing better than to have a green juice or a green smoothie in the morning!
For those that are unfamiliar with these green drinks, let us explain the difference:
Green Juice: green juice is usually a combination of a lot of greens (pounds of greens) and other vegetables like celery that are juiced together to create a green juice. These juices are usually very green in color. Some juices have carrots or other colorful vegetables juiced together with other ingredients, and they tend to have an orange or red color. Because they are juiced, the fiber from the ingredients are filtered out, and the end result is a very smooth liquid beverage. Some people feel that juicing is an excellent way to get daily nutrients. Wheat grass juice is the juice extracted from wheat grass, and is very popular in juice bars and health food stores.
Required equipment for juicing: a juicer.
Green Smoothies: A green smoothie is a beverage that is a combination of fruits and vegetables that are blended instead of juiced. All of the fiber from the vegetables and fruits are kept intact. Many people enjoy a range of green smoothies. Some have many vegetables and salad greens in their smoothies, and add a bit of fruit to make it palatable. Some people have green smoothies that are mostly fruit, with a few greens thrown in for extra nutrition.
Required equipment for green smoothies: a blender, preferably a high speed blender.
Here are three examples of green juices and green smoothies:
This first recipe was posted yesterday but due to popular demand we are posting it a second time:
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
Ingredients: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.