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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Get Your Green On & Sip On This: Clean Green Goddess Juice

Many of you may not have a juicer, but most of you do have a blender. Here's a great way to make a healthy delicious green juice that will please your pallette and your wallet. Ingredients for an entire gallon of organic juice will cost you about $12, half that for a 1/2 gallon. Well worth the money to have such an incredibly delicious whole foods drink. You will need a high speed blender such as a vita mix or blend-tec. You can use an Oster or other such brand, but you may be left with more fiber from leaves and pulp from fruit. High powered blenders like the vita mix will surely blend up every little bit making this the ultimately smooth green beverage. Be willing to try different fruits each time. The addition of pineapple will add more sweetness, or to cut back on sweetness substitute some of the apple juice for more water or flavored herbal tea.

To make a 1/2 gallon pitcher:

2-3 cups loose packed baby spinach
1/2 bunch of green swiss chard (stems removed)
1/2 banana
1/2 mango
1 kiwi fruit
3 cups of organic unfiltered apple juice
3 cups of water
option to add in a greens booster: my recommend would be a tbsp of "Greener Grasses" by Healthforce Nutritionals.

You'll most likely need to work in two batches. First batch: add half the ingredients above to your high speed blender, blend well, then pour contents into your pitcher. Second batch: add the remaining ingredients to the blender, blend well, then pour contents into your pitcher. Shake the pitcher well to combine both batches. Wha-lah! It really doesn't matter in what order you add and blend the ingredients in the blender, as long as each batch has 3 cups of liquid to allow contents to blend into.

Double the recipe to fill a whole gallon pitcher. If you have multiple people living with you that will be sharing this, i would definitely recommend the gallon size. Shake before serving. It's so sweet and delicious...this drink is always quick to go.

Each one cup serving will have approximately 80 calories and 1 grams of fiber - no fat.

If you want to thicken your individual serving to make a smoothie, feel free to toss a cup of green juice into the blender with some more fresh fruit and additional greens. I would suggest additional strawberry, pineapple, banana, and spinach or chard. Consider adding some flax seeds for omegas and a fiber boost or a scoop of unflavored protein powder. If contents become to thick to blend, just add a couple ice cubes or a bit more water or green juice.

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