While New Years Eve-ing at the DGs, E (matriarch of the fam) introduced us to her favorite recipe for a morning green drink. Two mornings in a row she made us the gorgeous green concoction, and two mornings in a row we all felt remarkably better despite the overserving the evening before. I’ve made green drinks before, and they’ve been delicious, but I’ve yet to find one that I liked enough to actually drink morning after morning without caving. This recipe is different.
Christmas Eve, full of wine and other goodies, J and I contemplated going on an actual cleanse/detox. But then we remembered something. Once, many years ago, when we had just finished up our first year together and were both “happy plump” we decided to do this. Not necessarily with a cleanse, but we tried to eat nothing but fruits and vegetables for a week. By day 4, we were screaming at everyone, trying to kill each other, and eventually wound up polishing off a pepperoni pizza. With grease dripping down off our slices, we came to the conclusion that a world without protein doesn’t work for us, and we amended our plan. Eventually, we both lost the weight we wanted in a much healthier way, for both our bodies AND our relationship.
Fast forward several years, and we find ourselves in a bit of a health predicament. Neither of us feel insanely large, but a few months of happy food and holidays have definitely left us both feeling more sluggish and less peppy than we’d like. So while making conscious decisions to cook and eat a bit healthier for a while (translation: fish tacos instead of pulled pork sliders) we also decided to take a pass at E’s green drink. We’re on morning four, and things are looking better than ever in the household.
Usually these drinks leave me feeling like I’ve literally blended up a salad and chugged it. But the delicate balance in this recipe of cucumber, lime, banana and greens is really tremendous. It also gives you almost an entire day of vegetables in one sitting. Now, E drinks this to keep her body more alkaline, as many studies show disease breeds in the acidity in your body. I’m all for that, but I also love that it makes me feel engergized, non-sluggishly full, and kind of ready to start the day. (Google it, you’ll come up with 7,000 other reasons, too!)
He’s like the “Mikey” for green drinks.