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.

Dressings to Keep You Fit and Healthy

So often we feel like we’re eating well because we’ve ordered a healthy salad with organic greens and protein. But, alas, once you’ve dumped that processed, creamy ranch, blue cheese, or Caesar dressing on top, you’ve added unhealthy ingredients and a ton of bad fat.

Just because some dressing out of a bottle or a squeeze pouch may be unfitting, it doesn’t mean you have to avoid adding flavor and fun to your salads, chips, snacks, and dipping veggies. Below we’ve compiled some nutritious and delicious recipes. Now you can enhance your healthy plate without guilt or concern.

Fresh Raspberry Vinaigrette (serves 6)

6 tablespoons organic olive oil

1/8 cup apple cider vinegar

½ teaspoon sea salt

1 tablespoon honey or coconut nectar

½ teaspoon dried basil

¼ fresh or frozen raspberries

1/8 cup water

Place all ingredients in blender until desired consistency is reached. This dressing pairs beautifully with a salad containing greens, fresh fruits, and nuts.

Green Goddess

1 avocado

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon lemon juice

½ teaspoon oregano, basil mix

½ teaspoon sea salt

3 drops stevia or ½ teaspoon honey

1 cup water

Blend all ingredients until desired texture. This dressing rocks on a bed of mixed leafy greens with tomatoes, carrots, and mushrooms.

Balsamic and Maple Drizzler

¼ organic olive oil

2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon pure maple syrup

salt and pepper to taste

Combine ingredients in bowl and wisk thoroughly. Lovely dressing for a field green salad with hard-boiled egg.

Creamy Avocado Toss

1 avocado

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon lemon juice

½ cup water

¼ teaspoon sea salt

¼ teaspoon black pepper

Blend ingredients in a processor until smooth and creamy. This dressing is great for dipping as well as tossing into a baby kale salad with red onions and olives.

Tamari and Sesame

½ cup organic olive oil

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

2 tablespoons honey

½ tablespoon Dijon mustard

½ tablespoon tamari

1 tablespoon poppy seeds

1 tablespoon sesame seeds

1 teaspoon sea salt

¼ teaspoon black pepper

½ minced white onion

1 minced garlic clove

Whisk ingredients together in a bowl. This dressing offers a Asian flair to any salad. It’s also delicious as a sauce for grilled seafood.

Garlic Lemon

½ cup organic olive oil

1 lemon (all juice from squeezing)

3 shopped garlic cloves

½ teaspoon sea salt

¼ teaspoon ground pepper

Place ingredients in a processor and blend until completely smooth. This is quick, simple, favorite, and can be stored in the fridge for many uses.

Creamy Onion Dip or Dressing

1/3 cup organic olive oil

2 tablespoons chopped red onion

¼ cup apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon agave

1 teaspoon mustard powder

½ teaspoon sea salt

Blend all ingredients together until creamy. This is a satisfying dressing in a salad that contains proteins like fish or beans.

No need to eat your veggies plain. Try some of these recipes and introduce them to your kids and friends. It will entice others to eat healthier too!  Enjoy. For other recipes and food tips, check out GetThrive.com

Sources:

http://theheartysoul.com/apple-cider-vinegar-vinaigrette/

http://www.anediblemosaic.com/best-dressing/

http://diethood.com/maple-balsamic-vinaigrette/#wbG22yddTc3QVdZc.99