A documentation of my preservation and preparation of local foods as I work through the seasons. This will serve as a reference tool for me in the future and as a sharing guide for family and friends...and anyone else interested. Hopefully, I can offer some useful methods, tips and recipes to share with everyone--be they novice or pro--and encourage them to join me in the exciting world of preserving and cooking with local foods.

Friday, July 22, 2011

The Green Drink

I once saw this "Green Drink" prepared at a healthy foods seminar and was sold on it's health-promoting properties.  I was also struck by how much I enjoyed the taste, considering all that went into it (spinach??).  I finally visited the shop in Lake City, Hopes Harvest Natural Organic Food Store, which specializes in the ingredients for this drink and purchased what we needed to make this at home.  Now, Dave and I regularly enjoy this drink for breakfast.

Here is what's in it:  (Recipe for two full glasses)
2 cups keifer - a cultured and microbial-rich food, a natural antibiotic
1 handful spinach leaves - antioxidant, clears arteries, prevents cataracts
2 bananas - lowers blood pressure, keeps cholesterol from clogging arteries
  (I use my dried bananas and sometimes toss in some dried strawberries)
4 quick squirts flax seed oil - richest-known source of omega-3 fatty acids
1 TB hemp protein powder - plant-based, contains all essential amino acids 
1/4 tsp spirolina powder - an algae, high in protein, carotenoids & minerals
Handful of ice cubes - to thin and chill drink
--Put all in blender on liquify until thoroughly blended and ice crushed

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