Greens and Drinks!

My favorite healthy drinks are tainted by my innate need to "use up" whatever is in the house. You may have the same problem... That is one of the reasons why one of the most important things to achieving ideal health is keeping the kitchen as clean as possible. What I mean is that I do not allow junk food to be stocked at home. If it is there then it will nearly always be the goto for someone and that is not a healthy option. So, as a result of having a good habit of keeping good stuff in the kitchen, I do normally have some great ingredients for making fresh juice.
 
One of my favorite fresh juice recipes is very simple. It includes organic apple, organic spinach and organic ginger. I use a few apples, several cups of spinach an a thumb or two of fresh ginger depending upon how spicy I feel like making it. I love the smell of the ginger as it processes through the juicer. It adds a unique and fresh aroma to the kitchen immediately!
 
I always try to get some form of greens into my fresh juices and smoothies. Greens are the most nutrient dense thing we can eat (or drink!) so it is vital for our results to make sure we get an abundance of greens regularly. 
 
For both smoothies and fresh juice, I tend to try to limit the ingredients to 3, may 4 different items. When I get more than that, I tend to lose the flavor of all of it and it starts to taste like something from another planet. That said, smoothies do tend to have a couple more ingredients than fresh juice when you consider that I usually begin with fresh almond milk (water, almonds, dates, vanilla). I normally use frozen bananas as my smoothie base and I like Raw Fusion's vegan protein which adds flavor and sweetness. I sometimes use a little stevia as well but not too much! Organic spinach is ideal in smoothies as the fiber breaks down easily and it is relatively sweet as compared to many other greens. With that, you can add other fruit or natural extracts to get the flavor you want. Just remember that a good smoothie should be around 50% or more water (or another liquid base like almond milk) and ice. If you get too much fruit or other fiber in the smoothie then it can really set heavy on your tummy.
 
Another trick that I have learned through the years that is ideal for a great, high quality smoothie is to fire up the juicer or wheat grass press and extract some green juice through it. When the smoothie is on its last few seconds of blending, add a ounce or two of this pure green juice into it. It quickly blends in adding massive nutrients to your smoothie while only slightly affecting the flavor.
 
 
 
Jerrod Sessler
Founder and Owner Hot Feet Fitness 

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