Wednesday, September 2, 2009

skip the sugar- skip the preservatives

the green smoothie.  i posted the picture of dr. oz and oprah as proof that i am not the only one that likes to 'chug' my daily greens!  i make my green smoothies in the vita-mix blender which pretty much juices the veggies and still maintains the fiber.  i prefer to make my own juices and smoothies because often the ones in the store have added ingredients.  a lot of time some sort of added sugar and acids to maintain freshness.  i prefer mine as clean and fresh as possible.  

take the recipe below and use any high speed blender or juicer.

simple green shake:

handful of laciano kale (remove stems)*
2 handfuls spinach
1/2 c. coconut water (can use regular water)*
2-3 ice cubes

- blend ingredients until smooth then chug!

*if using regular water you may want to add a few apple slices or 1/2 banana to cover up the bitterness of the greens.
*any dark leafy greens can be used and often i mix them up with whatever is in the fridge

i also prefer to skip pre-made hummus.  especially now that i know how EASY it is to make!  store bought hummus is made with a lot of canola oil, added citric acids and other flavor ingredients.  no thanks- keep it simple.  you can make hummus in any blender or food processor.

basil/garlic hummus:

1 can chickpeas (drain and rinse)
1/2 lemon juiced
pinch of sea salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 c. chopped basil
1 clove garlic
splash of water if needed (too thick to blend)

-blend ingredients and enjoy with some fresh broccoli, cauliflower and carrots!

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