This Recipe Redo was created by Debra K, and originally written for Spry Living as a featured entry.
Have you ever read a book that changed your life? Oh boy, I have a whole list of them. Maybe I’ll write about some of them soon. I’m thinking today about Green for Life by Victoria Boutenko. In this book, Mrs. Boutenko talks about the benefits of incorporating more raw leafy greens into your life. She recommends throwing them in a blender with some great-tasting fruit and enjoying these every day. By doing this you add a huge dose of raw vitamins, fiber and antioxidants. Since reading this book, these drinks have become part of my healthy lifestyle. Honestly, once you start drinking them others want to know about it and try them too. When you share this with others you are doing your part to “healthify” the nation!
The great news is that, to start, you don’t have to change anything else. Add an energizer to your diet every day and see what happens. A good friend of mine started making these for her and her husband Tom. Tom had not made any other changes to his diet but in just over a month he’d lost 7 pounds. My boyfriend’s sister began to make these for her teenage son and his acne cleared up. It was great to hear that he was asking for his energizer every morning before school.
To get you started on your energizer routine here are some tips and a recipe:
- You’ll really need a good-quality blender to create a smooth consistency.
- Start with softer items in the bottom of the blender so things don’t get stuck.
- Add enough liquid (water or non-dairy milk) to create the consistency you prefer. You might have to practice with this.
- Rotate your greens. It’s easy to get stuck on spinach, but it is actually healthier if you rotate different greens. Try using spinach, different lettuces, parsley, beet greens and kale.
- To start, you can use more fruit than greens. Once you get used to the flavor, move towards doing more vegetables than fruit.
- You can create interesting drinks by adding in cucumbers, celery, ginger, rice protein, nut butters and fresh herbs.
- There are tons of recipes online, but be creative and create your own. Or try mine:
DK’s Basil Pear Energizer
Since I had received a box of Harry and David pears I took this opportunity to create a delicious pear energizer. I like this one chilly, so refrigerate all items for a couple hours before making. You can also throw in a couple ice cubes.
- 2 Handfuls of spinach
- 1 Large pear, seeded
- 1 tsp Flax seeds
- 1 small piece of ginger
- A few leaves of fresh basil
- Enough chilled water to make the right consistency
Place all items in your blender, blend and enjoy!!