Too Busy to Keep up with Greens? Here’s a Smoothie Sure to Satisfy

Getting bored or fickle with your plant-based diet? Do you sometimes look in the fridge or pantry and nothing looks enticing? Perhaps it’s time to mix-it-up a bit. There’s an outstanding green smoothie that’s an oldie but a goodie. It’s a 10-minute prep and blend, and promises to delight in flavor and nutritional satisfaction.

New York Times bestselling author Angela Liddon has invented 100’s of vegan recipes, but there’s one kitchen sink-type drink full of veggies that promises to keep you feeling sated for hours. Its ingredients were chosen specifically by Liddon to create a perfect shake; it doesn’t include bananas, which is one reason why if you make a large batch, it will last for an entire day. She calls it the “All Day Glow Green Smoothie.” And glow you will.

She describes the flavor as “refreshing, tangy, and lightly sweet.” Included in the recipe is: fresh turmeric (found at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods), which is a natural anti-inflammatory and pain-reliever; fresh cilantro beneficial for detoxifying; fresh parsley, an antioxidant containing vitamin K; red leaf lettuce containing iron and fiber; lemon, an antibacterial high in vitamin C; avocado for the good fat; and mango containing vitamin A and C along with prebiotic dietary fiber.

Here’s the recipe. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (250 mL) coconut water
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) mango juice (I love Happy Planet Organic Mango juice)
  • 2 large (400 g total) Granny Smith apples, cored and roughly chopped
  • 2 cups (70 g) packed red leaf lettuce or romaine
  • 2/3 cup (18 g) loosely packed fresh parsley leaves
  • 1/3 cup (15 g) packed fresh cilantro leaves OR ¼ cup of fresh mint
  • 1/2 cup (70 g) frozen mango chunks
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) packed avocado
  • 4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, or to taste
  • 2 small, pinky-sized pieces (12 g total) peeled fresh turmeric
  • 5 to 6 large ice cubes, or as needed

Directions:

  1. Add the coconut water and mango juice into a (64-ounce) high-speed blender. (If your blender is on the small side, you may want to make a half-batch.)
  2. Now add the rest of the ingredients. Blend on high until super smooth. If you have a Vitamix, use the tamper stick to get things moving. Taste and adjust sweetness if desired. If it’s too tart, feel free to add a bit of liquid sweetener.
  3. Serve and enjoy! Place any leftovers into an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 24 hours. I love to enjoy half in the morning, and the other half in the afternoon.

Beef Lovers! Grass-Fed Recipes

Grass-fed beef can be a healthier option than eating meat from grain-fed cows. If you’re a beef lover, there are some yummy recipes to enjoy your protein of choice.

About Grass-Fed Beef

First of all, your grass-fed meat product will have overall less fat than “regular” beef. It also contains conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), antioxidants, and the long-chain omega-3 fats. Omega-3 levels in grass-fed beef are about 50 % higher than in grain-fed beef.

Four ounces of grass-fed top sirloin renders approximately 65 milligrams of omega-3s. It sounds impressive until you compare it to the same size portion of king salmon, which boasts almost 1,300 milligrams.

With that said, we know beef lovers want their meat. So, if you must eat beef, try to make it grass-fed—and only one time per week. Just because it’s better for you than grain-fed, doesn’t mean you should over-consume or keep it as a main staple.

Here are a few of our favorite grass-fed beef recipes:

Grass-Fed Beef-Veggie Stir Fry

Ingredients:

1 pound grass-fed beef

2 yellow onions

4 medium zucchini

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon minced garlic

pinch of dried oregano

½ teaspoon cumin

½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

½ teaspoon sea salt

 

Heat oil in a skillet, slice onions and place in pan. Use a spiralizer or a peeler to make zucchini look like pasta noodles. Add them to the pan. Add the beef and the spices, stirring and browning the meat. In under 10 minutes, you will have a healthy, delicious, grass-fed beef stir-fry ready for the family.

Grass-Fed Beef Classic Meatloaf

Ingredients:

2 pounds grass-fed ground beef
¾ cups Italian seasoned bread crumbs (or for non-bread options–2 cups of rolled oats, or ¾ corn cereal crumbs)
1 egg
1 teaspoon. sea salt
½ teaspoon. black pepper
½ teaspoon ground cumin
¾ cup salsa (red, green, mild or spicy)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Combine all ingredients into a large bowl, mixing thoroughly. If mixture seems too dry, add more salsa to increase moisture. Place mixture into loaf pan.

Bake for approximately 90 minutes, until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees. Let the loaf cool for about 20 minutes before cutting and serving your go-to comfort food meatloaf.

Grass-Fed Beef Taco Salad

Ingredients:

2-3 cups shredded romaine lettuce

1/4 cup red onion, diced

3 green onions, chopped

8 oz. ground beef

1 tsp chili powder

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1/8 tsp dried oregano

1/8 tsp paprika

Salt and pepper, to taste

 

Cook meat and seasonings in a skillet over medium heat under nicely browned. Place all salad ingredients in large bowl. Strain fat from beef in the pan and then pour into the salad, tossing all ingredients together.

You can top the salad with salsa, or add an avocado dressing, recipe courtesy of PaleoGrubs.com

Avocado Dressing

1/2 avocado, pit removed

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp lime juice

1 clove garlic, minced

1 tsp fresh cilantro, chopped

1 tbsp water

Pinch of salt

To make the dressing, mix the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Add more water if necessary to reach desired consistency, and taste for seasoning. Top your grass-fed beef taco salad with the creamy, nutritious and delicious dressing.

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