Green drinks are everywhere but I just can’t stomach most of the ones found in the store. Have you looked at the amount of sugar in a grocery store green drink? Manufacturers make the drinks palatable by adding mostly fruit. Fruit is great, in small doses, but it’s full of sugar. Drinks that don’t have much sugar usually taste terrible and have the color of canned asparagus. While I don’t consume green drinks all week long, I think they are are great option when you need a boost. I came across this recipe long ago and it’s been my go-to for a sweet, tasty drink. Note that it is cooling, so it’s fantastic in the summer but will make you feel chilly in the winter.
It includes leafy greens, natural sweetness from the fruit, and healthy fats from the coconut milk.
I use the Ninja blender with Auto IQ (I don’t know what that means exactly but I love it. My drinks are always smooth)
- 1 c coconut water
- 1/4 c coconut milk (I use Thai Organic unsweetened. Be sure to mix first so you get both the liquid and fat, which separate. The fat is important to get the most health benefits from this drink)
- 1 c baby spinach or baby kale
- 1/2 c pineapple chunks (frozen or fresh, preferably fresh)
- 1/2 c ice cubes (you may use less if you using frozen pineapple)
- flax seeds
- chia seeds
- Terra Greens (my favorite way to add more veggies to my diet in a pinch. You can get this for 25% the listed price. Just ask me how)
Blend until smooth.
For comparison here are the ingredients in two top grocery store brands. I’m not comparing nutritional value, simply ingredients. I prefer to keep my drink simple; fewer ingredients for me means better control over taste. If it tastes terrible, what’s the point?
V8’s Healthy Greens Veggie Blend: water, spinach puree, yellow carrot juice concentrate, concentrated fruit juices of (apples, pineapples), citric acid, vegetable juice blend (cucumber juice concentrate, celery juice concentrate, kale juice, romaine lettuce juice, spinach puree (spinach, water), green bell pepper juice, citric acid as a preservative), natural flavoring, vitamin c (ascorbic acid), vitamin e (alpha tocopherol acetate), huito juice concentrate for color, watermelon juice concentrate for color, beta carotene.
Bolthouse Farms Daily Greens: apple juice from concentrate (water, apple juice concentrate), cucumber juice from concentrate (water, cucumber juice concentrate), celery juice from concentrate (water, celery juice concentrate) kiwi puree, banana puree, lemon juice, kale juice, romaine lettuce juice, spinach puree, green bell pepper juice, pineapple juice from concentrate (water, pineapple juice concentrate), (chicory) root fiber, natural flavors, spirulina, wheatgrass.