The Art of the Green Drink

A variation on the smoothie theme, green drinks can be tasty alternative for a quick breakfast or snack at any time. The theory is that the blending process ruptures the cell walls, increasing the bioavailability of the nutrients which leads to a higher degree of satisfaction. 

I’ve been doing these for breakfast and can attest to the fullness, and that I’m not plagued by cravings on days when I start my day with one. The greens help with detoxing as well. That’s why I didn’t have one before acupuncture yesterday–many of the points we’re working on are in my feet, and one run to the ladies’ with needles in place is a lesson remembered for a lifetime, believe me.

You will need a Magic Bullet, food processor, or something else to whir it around in. 

I layer ours like this in the individual cups: spinach or other green veggie, banana or avocado, fruit (partially thawed if frozen), and protein powder, flax seeds, or other things to get mixed in. Pour in a liquid such as water, some sort of milk or milk alternative, or even green tea to enhance the detox process until it reaches the maximum fill line. Attach to base and whirl until it’s combined and the consistency of a milkshake. The flax or chia may make it thicker. 

Personally, I prefer avocado. It’s a healthy fat that provides creaminess but without the sugar of the banana. I don’t like bananas that much to begin with, so no sacrifice made. 

If you don’t have protein powder, throw in a spoonful of nut butter. I will drink banana in a Healthy Elvis–greens, banana, scoop of chocolate protein powder, and a good spoonful of peanut or almond butter.  Should you decide to throw in bacon as well, that is your business. I won’t judge you. 

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A Trieste on Green Drinks

We’re trying green drinks for breakfast these days. You know, the smoothies with green veggies, fruit, and other good stuff like protein powder and almond milk. 

This morning, I had one with spinach, banana, a spoonful of peanut butter, and chocolate protein powder with enough almond milk to facilitate blending. Yum. 

The theory is that the blending process causes the cells in the fruits and veggies to open up, making it easier for the body to assimilate the nutrients. In turn, the body feels nourished and the cravings are reduced so you don’t have urges to overeat. 

So far, I’ve found this to be true. On days when I make a green drink for breakfast, I don’t get the munchies through the day, and if I do get hungry, I can make rational choices about what to eat instead of standing and stuffing my mouth with random bits of food.

Basically, you take one or two kinds of veggies, a half a banana or avocado, and at least one kind of fruit. Add in enough water or milk alternative and protein powder. Buzz in your food processor or blender until liquified and drink. For a thicker texture, use frozen fruit. I also throw in a couple spoonfuls of ground flax seeds.

The only limits are what you have on hand and the blender’s capacity.