SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

October 28, 2012

Easy Alkalizing juices, looks good

From Raymond Francis PhD.,  of BEYOND HEALTH,  a couple of recipes that I’m gonna have to use – they sound good.  Jan

 Two Yummy Alkalizing Juice Recipes

. . .one for your juicer, another for your blender

Consuming lots of green vegetables is one of the best ways to alkalize and detoxify your body, and green vegetable drinks are highly recommended. But how can you make them palatable without adding a lot of fruit, which raises blood sugar and insulin levels? Here are some tips for delicious, low-glycemic green drinks.

Adding the juice from a lemon, lime or grapefruit goes a long way to improve the taste of many green drinks. Avocados create a creamy texture as well as making the drink filling and sustaining.  Coconut meat is another addition that can add richness and satisfaction. Although they’re not included in the following recipes, tomatoes, moderate amounts of the sweet vegetables like carrots and beets, green apples and any of the good oils along with a sprinkle of Celtic sea salt can all add appeal to a green drink while maintaining a relatively low glycemic index.  You can also have your green drink with a handful of raw nuts or seeds to add fiber and reduce rapid elevations of blood sugar.

“I AM HEALTHY” ALL-GREEN ENERGY DRINK

Ingredients:
Kale
Celery
Cucumber
Lemon or Lime

The exact proportions don’t seem to matter much in this recipe. Juice the kale, celery and cucumber together.  At the end, squeeze in fresh lemon or lime juice.  This emerald green juice is as beautiful as it is delicious.

Adapted from Engelhart T. I Am Grateful: Recipes & Lifestyle of Café Gratitude. Berkeley, California: North Atlantic Books, 2007.

GREEN DREAM

Ingredients:
large handful plus of fresh, rinsed chard
1 peeled cucumber
Several sprigs of mint (to taste)
Juice of 1 grapefruit and 1 lime
1 avocado without pit and peel
¼ – ½ cup pure water

Optional:  Replace water with coconut milk and/or add coconut meat to make  a richer drink

Makes 2 or more servings. Put everything in your VitaMix, and blend.  Pour and drink, or eat with a spoon.

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