Green drinks: just saying the words makes me feel healthier. Yet, every time I try to incorporate them into my diet, my success is sadly short-lived.
It usually shakes down like this: I fall truly, madly, and deeply in love with the idea of getting a daily mega-dose of nutrient-dense greens in a glass sans all the chopping and clean-up that real cooking usually requires. I load up on in-season greens at my local farmers’ market or Whole Foods. Then I pull out my VitaMix or the juicer I’ve had since college and spend the next few days downing green drinks until a moment of weakness hits like a tsunami and I opt for a Starbucks instead.
What is it that breaks my spell? I recall a handful of excuses over the years: waking up late, forgetting to fill the ice tray, not wanting to wake houseguests with the blender. But, in all honesty, I think the real reason why my stints with green juicing were never long-lasting is actually quite simple: my combinations never tasted very good.
Enter: The Healthy Green Drink Diet
. These 50 winning combos invite just the right flavors to the party. (Check out the recipe for A Grape Pear, below.) The books author, Jason Manheim, takes a less ostracizing stance against a standard outcast of the green drink cult: fruit. Theres nothing wrong with a little fruit in your diet, says Manheim.My taste buds couldnt agree more.–Jolia Sidona Allen, VT online managing editor
A Grape Pear
1 cup green grapes
1 cup kale
1 orange, peeled
1 banana, optional
water or ice
Fill blender with as much water or ice as you like and add kale. Blend until smooth. Add fruit. Pulse blend until desired consistency.