Top o’ the morning to you, my friends! On this lovely St. Patrick’s Day, I say a hearty “bottoms up” and “cheers” but may that vessel in your hand hold not a green beer, but a nourishing and delicious green drink! Today is a fun day to get your green on from the inside out by celebrating a substance we call chlorophyll!
Our plant friends use chlorophyll, the green pigment in plants, to convert majestic sunlight into pure energy. When we eat or drink green veggies, chlorophyll helps US perform the energy-boosting functions that allow plants to thrive. Chlorophyll—the “blood” of plants—is actually quite similar in molecular structure to our own blood. Think about the power of adding these health-enhancing functions to your daily life: healing and detoxifying your body, increasing red blood cell production (more oxygen!), easing inflammation, aiding your body in the removal of toxic heavy metals (like mercury) and strengthening your immune system. How can you pass that up? Plus, juicing and blending break down plant walls, which makes the chlorophyll more accessible and absorbable. This increases its ability to enter your bloodstream and work its magic.
St Patty's Green Juice
- 1 cucumber
- 1 large carrot
- 1 granny smith apple
- 1 lemon
- 3 spears pineapple
- 2 large collard leaves handful dandelion greens 2 or 3 sprigs of cilantro
- 8 oz. unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I like Vega, Sun Warrior or PlantFusion) 1 T. lemon juice
- 1 small banana
- 5-8 chunks frozen pineapple
- 5-8 chunks frozen mango
- big handful fresh organic baby spinach
Add liquids first, then protein powder, frozen fruit and spinach. Blend until smooth!
Healthy Shamrock Shake
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk 1⁄4 ripe avocado, pitted
- 1 handful fresh organic baby spinach 1⁄4 t. peppermint extract
- 3-4 soft Medjool dates, pitted
- 10 drops peppermint stevia handful of ice
Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until creamy. Add stevia if needed.
Although chlorophyll is the star of the show, green drinks also provide essential amino acids, vitamins A, C, and K, lutein, flavanoids, iron, potassium and many other alkaline minerals and nutrients. When green juices are consumed, your body gets a hefty BLAST of optimum fuel and nutrition within minutes! Juicers extract all the juice and leave behind the fiber which when consumed, slows down the digestive process considerably. So without the fiber, your body soaks up all that nutrition instantly! Don’t have a juicer? Blend, baby, blend! Green smoothies are becoming ever popular lately, for good reason. Smoothies are quick to whip up, take very little preparation, and with the right ratio of fruit to greens, the leafies are almost undetectable! I started throwing a handful of spinach in my kids’ smoothies when they were little, and they didn’t catch on for years! Drinking your greens in smoothies is easy on your digestive system as well—the blender breaks down all the cellulose structures in the plant into tiny pieces. It does the chewing work for you! Don’t have a blender? There are some incredibly nutrient dense and tasty green powders on the market today (Amazing Grass comes in several great flavors) that can be simply mixed with water or juice, so ask for them at your local health food store.
Chlorophyll in all its greeny goodness is literally liquid sunshine, so drink up, my friends! Your body will thank you! You will be glowing green from the inside.