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What’s with all the hype about a green drink?
June 2, 2013 - Anita Hanaburgh
I had a bad throat for two weeks. “A virus” was the diagnosis. “Maybe you’re run down,” a friend remarks. Maybe. “Maybe you need green drink,” another suggests.
Green drink? Hmm. What is all the hype? I called my good friend, Cindy, and asked, “You have been drinking a green drink every day for awhile — how do you feel?”
“Terrific,” she said. I listen closely. “I am losing weight, and have a lot of energy. It’s powerful stuff.” “Green drink? Hmmmmm. What’s in it?” I ask.
She explained her personal blend: “I start with a stick of celery (chopped), half a cucumber, half an apple, juice of a third of a lemon, a half a lime, and small piece of fresh peeled ginger. I add a little (¼ cup) orange juice and a little water. I add a few small ice cubes. I let it blend a minute or so, add a handful of spinach and some fresh parsley. This makes two glasses. I drink one. I don’t drink it in the morning like Dr. Oz does. I drink it whenever I want, usually around lunch.”
Dr. Oz? Hmmmm. So that’s where it started. Dr. Mehmet Oz of TV fame drinks a green drink every day. He first introduced the concept of raw green vitamins in a daily smoothie as a guest on the Oprah Show seven years ago. Similar to Cindy’s version, Oz included two cups spinach, two cups cucumber, a head of celery (bunch), a piece of ginger, a bunch of parsley, two apples, juice of one lime and juice of half a lemon. Unfortunately, this version didn’t catch on at first, as it was too bitter. His newer version, making three to four servings, includes mint, carrots, an orange and a pineapple.
I decided to do some more research and then give it a try. I found many versions and many, many ideas.
There are a lot of people out here into the “goodness of the green.” Other than a small concern about too much alkaloid for some, I found overwhelmingly a daily glass of green garden groceries is a gift from the gods.
What actually is it? Basically, it’s a green smoothie, made with a base of 60 percent fruit to 40 percent green, leafy vegetables, plus a few extra nutritional or flavor enhancements. I use Dr. Oz and Cindy’s as my base. I am a fan. What is so good about it? Greens are supercharged with nutrients your body needs to thrive. The green drink contains essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are easy to absorb. It is loaded with fiber, keeping your digestive tract moving along, water to keep you hydrated, enzymes to keep your metabolic functions running smoothly and alkalizing minerals to keep your pH in check.
It contains much chlorophyll (aka liquid sunshine.) Chlorophyll strengthens your immune system, helps control inflammation, increases red blood cell production, and helps enhance your cells’ ability to carry oxygen.
The website www.rawfamily.com reports that “According to teachings of Dr. Ann Wigmore, consuming chlorophyll is like receiving a healthy blood transfusion.”
Most people do not consume enough greens. These raw greens give your digestion a break. When blended well, most of the cells in the greens and fruits are ruptured, making the valuable nutrients easy for the body to absorb. Green smoothies literally start to get absorbed in your mouth. Most people simply don’t chew enough!
Green smoothies are easy and taste good. The fruit taste dominates the flavor, while the greens balance out the sweetness of the fruit, adding a nice zest. Expecting the worst from a green drink, most newcomers are pleased with the taste. I was.
Reduce the consumption of saturated fats, salt and processed foods. Regular consumption of green smoothies forms a good habit of eating greens. Some “drinkers”?claim to crave greens and more enjoy eating them.
- Keep it simple and delicious. Don’t get hung up on the measurements. Make up your own version, one you like and look forward to every day. Don’t have too many items.
- Caution:?This is a lot of vitamins and fiber all at one. Watch possible allergies, especially with children. I recommend starting out consuming around 10 to 16 ounces of green drink a day and add more as you like. There are some arguments that too much raw is not the way to go. Listen to your body. If you feel better, think better, look better, then it’s working for you! - When doing the green drink thing, stick to just that! Peanut butter or soy or flax would be good at a later time, but added to the drink, it could affect the raw benefits. It’s best to drink the drink alone and not as part of a meal. - Drink slowly and mix with salvia. Digestion begins in the month. - Avoid starchy vegetables (or add them carefully). Beets, broccoli stems, zucchini, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, egg plant, pumpkin, squash, okra, peas, corn and green beans fall into this category. They could combine with fruit to create unwanted gas. - Always include greens, but rotate the greens to balance the alkaloids. Rotate the fruit for variety. - Experiment with your blender, smoothie maker or food processor and see what works best. At first, it took time for me to get it all blended. Now, I put the chopped chunks in first, a bit at a time, with a little liquid, then add the leaves. I like crushed ice. You don’t need a $400 veggie mixer.
So create your own and enjoy and enjoy the benefits. The green drink is a great way to start the day, but it is not going to forgive all your sins! Just because you had a green drink doesn’t mean you can gorge yourself on french fries and pecan pie!
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