Green and Proud: The Green Shake

This St. Patrick’s Day, why not go green on the inside and out?

Now that I’m pregnant, I need my greens.  I created this concoction so I can get all of my nutrients in one goopy fell swoop.  My green shake is tasty too (and that’s saying something when you see all the healthy stuff I throw in it…).

This miracle shake contains everything you (and your baby if you have a bun in the oven like me) needs:

  • Berries – for antioxidents to promote cell strength and repel those pesky free radicals
  • Yogurt – for probiotics to promote good digestion
  • Protein powder – for amino acids to build strong bones
  • Chia seeds – for a power packed dose of Omega 3s for energy and heart health, as well as fiber for digestive health
  • Cod liver oil – for Omega 3 (DHA and EPA) and Vitamin D to promote a healthy brain for you and your growing baby, and a healthy nervous and cardiovascular system, and for overall eye health
  • Green Powder – packed with vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and chlorophyll, it supports immune function, kidneys, liver, blood, bones, colon, and overall longevity
  • Banana – for potassium of course, plus Vitamin A and iron, and it gives the shake a nice creaminess

One of these every other day and you’ll be feeling green yourself.  Erin go bragh all you want, you’ve earned the right after drinking one of these.

Try my recipe below. [Note- though I haven’t tried it for this purpose, I’m guessing this will also make a great Guinness hangover cure].

Happy St. Paddy’s Day.

Green and More Green Shake

Serves 2-3
Prep time 6 minutes
Meal type Beverage, Breakfast

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Frozen fruit (Your choice, I like to use a mix of blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries)
  • 2 scoops Protein Powder (I use whey but feel free to go veggie with Soy)
  • 1 Banana
  • 1/4 cup Greek Yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons Green Powder (I use Vitamineral Green by Healthforce Nutritionals, available at Whole Foods)
  • 2 teaspoons Arctic Cod Liver Oil
  • 2 cups Leafy Greens (Your choice: spinach, collards, kale, beet greens, mustard greens)
  • 2 tablespoons Chia Seeds
  • Any other vegetables you wish (Carrots, beets, etc.)
  • Fruit juice or water

Note

Protein powder will begin to break down after a while.  Drink this shake within 24 hours.

Directions

1.
In a very powerful blender (Vitamix or Blendtec work best), first blend your berries and greens until incorporated. Add water or juice if you need to get the blender going but don't add too much.
2.
Then blend in yogurt, protein and green powders, chia seeds, cod liver oil.
3. Next add greens, then finally the banana. Add water or juice as needed until you have your desired consistency.
4.
Drink and feel instantly healthy, like you can conquer the world. Enjoy.

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