Eat Your Greens and Love ‘Em – Some of the Best Green Drinks

 

I can’t go anywhere these days without seeing someone with a green drink in their hand. Maybe I live to close to Whole Foods? Nah… I myself am a big fan of greens. Greens help keep your body in an alkaline mode. We eat so many acidic foods that it is important to get greens in your day. The easiest way for me is through a drink and a couple of my favorites are: GT’S Organic Raw Kombucha (Multi-Green) and *Evolution FRESH (Sweet Greens and Lemon) 100% juice. I usually only drink the kombucha drink when I have a horrible headache, it’s the only drink that helps me with that. I drink Evolution all the time because it’s a true green drink that has juice from celery, apple, cucumber, spinach, parsley, romaine lettuce, lemon, lime, wheatgrass, and clover sprouts. Yum!

Most green drinks you get freshly blended always include spinach and/or kale among other ingredients. So, what’s better, kale or spinach? Both are great.

 

 

Here’s a quick and simplified break down:

Kale Nutrition Facts 

Calories 50

Fiber 2 grams

Protein 3.3 grams

Calcium 10% RDA

Iron 9% RDA

Vitamin C 160% RDA

Vitamin A 659% RDA

Spinach

Calories 23

Fiber 2.2 grams

Protein 2.9 grams

Calcium 14% RDA

Iron 15% RDA

Vitamin C 37%

Vitamin A 407%

 

The Best Green Drinks From Around The Web

 

green smoothie ingredients

 

Makes 1 smoothie (or 2 kid sized)

1/2 cup vanilla almond, soy, or coconut milk (I use unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
1 cup frozen pineapple pieces
1 cup frozen mango chunks
1 big handful fresh baby spinach

Variations:
- add a small container of yogurt for added protein and calcium
- add a scoop of your favorite vanilla protein powder (I don’t do this for kids)
Add 1 tablespoon of any of the following:
- chia seeds
- flax seeds
- natural flaked coconut
- peanut or almond butter (source)

 

 

the best green drinks

Grape – Cucumber Punch

Ingredients

2 cups kale, fresh
1 cup almond milk, unsweetened
2 cups grapes
1 cucumber, peeled
1/2 avocado
1 banana
1/2 cup pineapple

– Serves 2 –

 

Directions

Blend kale and almond milk until smooth. Next add the remaining fruits and blend again (source)

 

best green drinks

Cilantro Mango Detox 

1 ½ cups spinach, fresh
½ cup cilantro, fresh
2 cups water
1 ½ cup mango
1 cup pineapple
½ avocado

– Serves 2 –

directions

Blend spinach, cilantro and water until smooth. Next add the remaining fruits and blend again.

 

The super-food is KALE which contain large amounts of vitamins (A, C, K, & E).

All raw greens are great. I recommend having a green drink which includes both. However if you did have to choose, you now know kale is a more nutritional option.

Fitness Tip: GO GREEN and use the “Best green drinks” recipes from the list above

 

 

Ready. Set. Get Fit! GET HEALTHY!

Darese, ISSA CFT, Certified Boot Camp Instructor

Resources: Prevention.com / simplegreensmoothies.com

Comments

  1. says

    Okay Adria I’m officially stalking you now. Your articles are great and you already eat the way I do, so having affirmation from someone who knows so much is awesome! Your first “green” smoothie is one of my recipes… or so I thought :)

  2. says

    Awhhh Jayme you’re SO SWEET!! Stalk away!! Love to have readers like you who comment on our articles and visit us daily!

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