Part of getting healthy for me, is starting the day out with a green drink and sipping a few glasses all morning until lunch time. It keeps me full!! It’s refreshing!! I load it with ice!!

I try to get at least 5 different fruits and vegetables in the drink. To me it’s a lot easier and less messy than eating them whole. I change up the combo based on what’s in the fridge.Below the recipe are some of the reasons why I choose certain ingredients that often are part of my green drink.

Green Drink: Spinach, Red Grapes, Apple, Celery, Cucumber, Carrots & Lemon

Rating: 5

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 5 cups

Serving Size: 1 cup

Calories per serving: 62

Fat per serving: 2 fat calories, total fat 0.3g

Good Points: very low in saturated fat, no cholesterol, low in sodium, high in dietary fiber, high in potassium, very high in vitamin A, very high in vitamin C
Bad Points: high in natural sugar
Nutrition Facts: 62 calories, 2 calories from fat, total fat 0.3g, cholesterol 0mg, sodium 26mg, total carbohydrates 15.9g, dietary fiber 2.5g, sugars 10.9g, protein 1.2g, vitamin A 69%, vitamin C 25%, calcium 3%, iron 4%

Ingredients

  • 1 hand full of spinach (1 cup)
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and chopped
  • 1 apple, cored and sliced
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1 cup of red seedless grapes
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 10 baby carrots
  • 3 cups of cold Green Tea

Instructions

  1. Zap it all in the Vita-Mix for 1 minute on high. Add ice to the top and Zap for 20 seconds.
  2. Drink right away. This does not keep for more than a few hours
  3. Recipe Tip: If you have to use a regular blender, then dice up all of the recipe ingredients and use crushed ice!!
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Green Tea:
Higher in Flavonoids. Phytochemicals in most plant products that are responsible for such health effects as anti-oxidative and anticarcinogenic functions
Spinach:
Spinach has a high nutritional value and is extremely rich in antioxidants.
Apple:
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Rich in antioxidents and fiber.
Lemon:
Accumulated toxins in the body can be flushed out using lemons. High in Vitamin C. Bioflavonoids in the lemon help in strengthening the inner lining of all the blood vessels.
Cucumber:
Cleansing. Vitamin C, Molybdenum, Vitamin A, potasium, Manganese, Folate, Fiber and Magnesium. All with very few calories.
Celery:
Celery is used in weight-loss diets, where it provides low-calorie dietary fibre bulk. It’s also supposed to be an aphrodisiac.
Red Grapes:
Flavonoid compounds include quercitin and resveratrol. Both compounds appear to decrease the risk of heart disease by reducing platelet clumping and harmful blood clots and protecting LDL cholesterol from the free radical damage that initiates LDL’s artery-damaging actions.
Carrots:
Rich in dietary fiber, antioxidants and minerals. Good for digestion.

 

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