To kick off March this year, I went on a 3 day juice/veggie cleanse about a week ago. I wanted to clean out carbs, meat, dairy, sugar and toxins from my body. To accomplish this, I ate all raw produce, upping my intake of greens and vegetables. Because I was trying to limit myself to mostly veggies and a few fruits, I was eating all those veggies in the best way I knew how – smoothies. Let me tell you, I was drinking quite the concoctions. It’s a bit of a challenge to make spinach, kale and cilantro taste okay without sweeteners!
As I was transitioning to more fruits and other foods, I began experimenting with more greens and increasing other ingredients. I was surprised that I began liking the green drinks I was coming up with. And I was absolutely thrilled to think such a yummy smoothie was so good for me.
If the sight of green drinks isn’t appealing to you, ease your mind knowing that there’s enough sweet things in this drink to make it worth drinking. The bright green color indicates it’s rich vitamin and mineral content. There are so many health benefits to be had from raw green produce. It’s easy to throw in a cup of spinach into any fruit smoothie, but this is more than just a cup of one kind of green. It’s filled with lots of different green goodness. Of course, the nature of this smoothie is sugar-free and vegan and with such fresh delicious ingredients, you’ll be surprised at how tasty it is, too. If I can make such a monster green drink taste good, it just had to be lucky.
1 cup Ice
1 cup Spinach
1 cup Kale Leaves
1 1/4 cup Fresh Orange Juice
1/2 Green Apple
1 cup Frozen Peaches or Mango
2 Tablespoons Agave, Maple Syrup or Honey
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
A few sprigs of parsley, basil or cilantro (cilantro is especially cleansing)