Health & Wellness

Drink Your Greens

from the New York Times – by Martha Rose Shulman –

I’ve never been one to eat or drink a particular food just because it’s good for you. So for years I’ve been rolling my eyes whenever anyone starts talking about green smoothies or green drinks. I love greens, but not in my morning smoothie.

I’m not sure what came over me, but last week I decided I’d open up to green smoothies. I still had no desire to drink one for breakfast, but mid-morning, after my swim, I began to experiment. I think I just needed a kitchen challenge, so every day I concocted a different green smoothie, one that I could really enjoy.

All but one of my smoothies were sweet, with at least one type of fruit and a quarter- to a half-cup of greens. I used a variety of fruits, and found that many required a banana for optimum flavor and texture — pears and blueberries alone weren’t enough. But a banana wasn’t necessary for the pineapple smoothies I made. Another ingredient that gave my smoothies a great finish was fresh ginger. Adding a quarter-size slice made these drinks sing.

The drinks are loaded with phytonutrients, and they’re filling. They are definitely meals in a glass. When I was testing the recipe I enjoyed every sip and felt very energetic for hours afterward. So, no more rolling my eyes: I’m a green smoothie convert.

Pineapple-Basil Smoothie: This may sound strange, but pineapple marries well with peppery basil.

Pear Smoothie With Spinach, Celery and Ginger: Ginger adds zest and banana contributes substance to this kefir- or yogurt-based drink.

Blueberry Kefir Smoothie With Greens:A green drink, rich in anthocyanins, that doesn’t look green, thanks to blueberries.

Green Smoothie With Pineapple, Arugula, Greens and Cashews: The pineapple stands up well to the arugula and greens, and ginger pumps up the flavor.

Green Smoothie With Cucumber and Cumin: This savory smoothie resembles an Indian lassi with added spice.

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Eugene Westrick
8 years ago

I would appreciate if AMAC would make it possible for their members to download their magazine to our mobile devices. For me, I would be able to read more articles from my device when waiting on appointments. Maybe one good make a choice between receiving a paper copy or have it downloaded on ones mobile device.

Eugene Westrick
8 years ago

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Marcell Zurn
8 years ago

I’ve decided to help draft Ben Carson for President. I believe he can be elected though some of my friends say he has no experience in congress and is not a governor. Neither was George Washington or many of our early presidents and I have noticed that some of our later Presidents have concealed their supposedly expertise so that it looks like some of my neighbors were elected. Many of them are, of course, Democrats ( this is Minnesota after all).
Semper Fi,Marcell

8 years ago

I’m having trouble understanding that a green raw diet wasn’t for everyone. I thought our bodies were designed for this.

8 years ago
Reply to  Ron

Not exactly. We are omnivores, meaning we can eat a lot of different things. There is no such thing as a single ‘good’ diet for everyone. Designed? By whom? If you are referring to the Biblical God, eating meat, milk products, fruits, grains and alcohol is frequently mentioned.

Wendy Gatchie
8 years ago

People need to know that ginger is a blood thinner. If you are taking certain medications or NSAIDS regularly, you should check with your Dr. or pharmacist before eating ginger or drinking ginger tea.

8 years ago
Reply to  Wendy Gatchie

Right, and they will tell you no, no. Baloney. If you only do it occasionally, it will do you no harm. If you do it regularly, you can cut down on medication and side effects.

Gail Provencher, APRN, MSN (Women's Health Nurse Practitioner)
8 years ago

A smile came across my face when I read through the list of smoothies above. As a nurse and nurse practitioner for just over 40 years now, I have been instructing my family and patient’s about the benefits of eating healthily. Smoothies are a great way to get servings of fruits, vegetables, proteins and herbs into our diets.

In 1998, I started taking courses in Functional Medicine from the Institute for Functional Medicine when my patient’s were not getting well. By incorporating more fruits, vegetables, protein and healthful herbs into our diet’s (God’s food), healing can take place. This does not mean, however, that a green raw diet is for everyone. Thank you so much for the recipes above.

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