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Taste Test: Dr. Fuhrman's Green Longevity Drink

Taste Test: Dr. Fuhrman's Green Longevity Drink

 Dr. Fuhrman's Green Longevity Drink

When I interviewed the legendary pop artist, vegan, and animal rights activist Peter Max for the March issue of Vegetarian Times, he shared that he has been drinking two glasses of Dr. Fuhrman’s Green Longevity Drink every morning for the past 12 years. I thought to myself, Wow! Every morning for the past 12 years…I’ve got to try this drink!

Realize: this is no ordinary green juice. Rather, it’s a “blended salad”—a combination of raw, leafy greens and other whole foods blended into a creamy consistency. According to its creator, Joel Fuhrman, MD, a board-certified family physician who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutrition, “When we simply chew a salad, about 70 to 90 percent of the [plant] cells are not broken open. As a result, most of the valuable nutrients contained within those cells never enter our bloodstream.” So, while Fuhrman is still a huge fan of “chewed salads,” he thinks blended salads are a “powerful and delicious way to maximize your intake of nutrients.”

To experience the full benefits of this powerful drink loaded with vitamins, antioxidants, and phytochemicals, Fuhrman suggests drinking two glasses daily. “The prescription is nutrition,” he says.

I was so intrigued by the idea of a blended salad that I had to give it a go. It had been a while since I used my VitaMix for anything other than the cashew- and tofu- based filling for my go-to vegan crème brûlée recipe. I had fallen victim to the expensive but convenient habit of picking up vegetable and fruit juices and smoothies from my local juice bar and was looking forward to revamping my morning ritual.

The ingredients were all available at my local supermarket, except mustard or turnip greens, so I subbed in kale. Oh, and I totally forgot to buy the blueberries. I did have some blueberry sorbet in my freezer that I thought about using, but I decided against it. With so many antioxidant-rich foods already in mix, I figured I could skate by without them.

After I thoroughly bathed all my fruits and veggies and laid them out side-by-side, they were so striking that they looked like they were posing for a still-life painting. Then, one-by-one, I squashed them into my VitaMix until the entire list reduced to a pitcher of blended salad.

One major benefit of blended salads over chopped salads (for the lazy chef, at least) is that there’s a lot less chopping involved since most items can go right into the blender whole if you are using a VitaMix or other high powered blender or food processor. One tip: if it takes you as long as it took me to get all the ingredients into the blender, the smoothie will start to heat up from the friction of the blender. So, either hurry it up, or rather than adding water in step 3 (below), add ice while blending to cool the mixture down.

So, how does the creamy green tonic taste? It’s certainly earthy tasting, yet surprisingly sweet and creamy too! What a way to start your morning, by toasting to health and longevity!

P.S. Fuhrman designed this recipe for Max and others who want to take a “super-healthy longevity drink,” but he says, “I wouldn't expect most people to want to drink something as healthy as that.” Fuhrman’s book Eat For Health includes other great smoothie recipes (with shorter ingredient lists) that he enjoys regularly that are a little less healthy but a bit more tasty.

Dr. Fuhrman’s Green Longevity Drink
Makes 4 cups

1 large head romaine lettuce
1 1/2 cups spinach
2 sprigs parsley
1 cup broccoli florets
2 leaves mustard greens or turnip greens
3 collard leaves
1/2 cup watercress
1/8 tsp. oregano
1/2 avocado
1 banana, peeled
3 large strawberries
1 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
1/2 papaya or mango
1 1/2  tsp. flax seeds
1 1/2  tsp. sunflower seeds
1 1/2  tsp. sesame seeds

1. Place 1/2 cup water into blender, adding ingredients, one by one, and blending until liquefied.

2. Pour 1 cup of Dr. Fuhrman’s Green Longevity Drink into glass, adding water and stirring until desired consistency is reached. Store remainder in an airtight container and refrigerate.


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Can this drink be made in a juicer or must it be made in a food processor or Vita-Mix? I'd love to know...

How long does it last for in the refrigerator?

I love green smoothies and regularly make a simple spinach-banana or kale-banana smoothie. The banana is really the key to making it taste delicious.

What a sterling ingredient list..I'm going to try it! Like anything, if you want to succeed in anything worthwhile, you've got to be faithful to every step and be organized. Methodical healthy habits lead to happy spontaneous living...

I bet Peter Max is a healthy 72 year old after so many years of good nutrition. Maybe I'll work my way up to that drink. For now, I drink OJ, kale, frozen blackberries all blended up in the Vitamix. yum. Thanks for this story.

This is great! I just finished reading this article in the latest VT, and then happened to hear that VT has a blog. I was super happy to hear Peter Max mention Swami Satchidananda, and was instantly intrigued as to what went into this drink he's been drinking for 12 years...12 years!! I do a lot of green smoothies (the VitaMix is practically a must), but rarely do I utilize as many greens as this recipe calls for. I've also never tried avocado or broccoli in my smoothies either. Looks like an interesting recipe! http://foodfitnessfreshair.wordpress.com

I've tried a few of Dr. Fuhrman's simpler green smoothies from his Eat for Health companion cookbook. The ingredient list makes me wonder what is the significance of each item--some of them I know but why the different greens? Why not pick the most nutritious greens? For instance I know that Kale or mustard greens are more nutrient packed than spinach (according to Dr. F's andi list. Is is the nutritional content or taste? Or some of both?? I definetely know why the banana. To me no smoothie tastes good without a frozen and a fresh banana for taste and consistency.

I read somewhere that the saliva in our mouths, that goes down with the food as we chew and swallow, is an important ingredient needed for digestion. And by just drinking these 'chewables' can hamper the whole process. Any comments on that? Otherwise a liquid salad appears a good way to get lots of nutrition in a few gulps!

You can also freeze the bananas, strawberries, or mango to help cool down the smoothie

This has convinced me, I must get a Vitamix! Peter Max rocks! And so does VT...thanks VT for always making me feel so good about being vegan and for shining the light on the goodness and joy of eating consciously. Ahimsa (non-harming) to all beings. ( Om Shanti Om, in memory of Sri Satchidananda)

I tried this for the first time last night, left out the oregano and it's the best drink ever. Just tastes like a banana with hint of strawberry but it's super dark green. Luscious!

My green smoothie does have this many ingredients but I have no doubt it's a nutritional powerhouse. I put spinach (or kale, or swiss chard) frozen mangos, a banana, juice from half a lemon, a slice or ginger, and a tablespoon of flax seed oil. I make a quart every morning and drink (chew actually) the whole thing for breakfast. It's satisfying, tastes great, and I get the most amazing clean energy from it. Vegan Diaries http://vegandiaries.com

Thanks VT for sharing this amazingly healthy smoothie recipe. I have tried other green smoothies from Eat for Health and they are delicious. I can't wait to try this one!

I use a BlendTec blender and love it. I don't need to push the foods down as it does it for me. I also love my green smoothies in the morning. I too use ice and use very cold water in mine. Taste great with one banana for two people as I don't want it too sweet and add blueberries and the greens of course. I also have a question, are the seeds pre-soaked? Thanks for the recipe. http://myfeelingsandfindingstoday.blogspot.com/

I have been making a variation of this recipe since I read this article a week ago. Really easy to make in my regular blender. I've been using Kale, asparagus, broccoli, cucumber, edemame, spinach, mixed greens, celery, flaxseed, blueberries, apple and banana and avocado. I put in cold water and a few ice cubes. This makes about two large glasses. One for breakfast and one before dinner. I have lost 4 lbs. all ready!

This is a great drink! I have drank green drinks for breakfast for over a year now and I think they are the best! I do however add aloe vera juice, almond milk, and a lot of lime juice! Get all of your veggies in one glass and feel great too!

I love Peter Max! And love the Green Drink too. Very tasty :P

why not cut down on using so many veggies and fruits at one time. Why not use three or four each time you juice for variety so that you would'nt be using the same ingredients each time.

good stuff but, what are the measurements for 1 cup? I rather get up and do it, i don't like it when it sits in the fridge for the next day or so. Please help thanks.

Can't wait to try this! Vitamix's are amazing, btw. They are a bit expensive, but here's a secret tip: You can get free shipping (normally $25+) using a <a href="http://rawblends.com/vitamix-blender/" rel="nofollow">Vitamix promotion code</a> from an online affiliate like <a href="http://rawblends.com/" rel="nofollow">http://rawblends.com</a>

Sounds very good... but I am only 1 person and can't drink the whole recipie myself... Also I can not save it in the fridge for more than a few hours... Could there possibly be recipies for 1 person... and one that would yeld 1 to 2 servings as not to waste food... Thank you so much

Here's a smaller version of his smoothie: http://www.blenderbabes.com/lifestyle-diet/dr-fuhrmans-got-greens-smoothie/

I am definitely going to try this...I need to start feeling healthy again...

I just tried this in my new Vitamix 7500 and I am in LOVE! Feeling healthier already!

I'm addicted to this smoothie. I've been drinking at least one a day for two years. Great way to get the nutrient benefits of leafy greens daily! I make four (4) at a time, seal in insulated to-go coffee cups with plastic wrap and refrigerate them til ready to go.


Why do I crave wine or beer with my food?

Another tip for getting a good price on a Vitamix: order a reconditioned one from the Vitamix website. I did and I've been using it every day for three years with no problems. Or order at a BEd Bath and Beyond store (you have to go in to do this) and use one of their 20% off coupons. You can't use the coupon online, but you can use it in the store and they will order it for you. I love my Vitamix and make lots of green smoothies in it.

If purchasing all items for the 4 cups, can you make extra batches with left over items and freeze it for later consumption?

can i sub something for blueberries, and bananas?