The Infamous Green Drink

Happy 2013! I have to admit, after the many twists and turns that came along with 2012, I was sad to say good bye to a year of milestones, ups and downs, and many bittersweet moments.  Graduating Belmont University with a nursing degree and saying “see ya’ll soon to my lifelong Nashville friends” only to start my first “big girl job” at Yale New Haven Hospital a month later and welcoming a new group of  wonderful friends made for a whirlwind summer.  By fall, my move back in with my parents ended up being only a detour as I quickly found the perfect, quaint place of my own.  2012 was scattered with many fun appearances on both Nashville and CT television programs and I am now lucky enough to be writing for Shore Publishing.  It is safe to say that 2012 has been quite a year, to say the least.  As I usher in 2013, I can only hope for an equally exciting year.

One thing is for sure, my body is sure happy the 2012 holiday season has come to an end and is ready to resume a regular fitness routine, a diet consisting of a few less cookies and cheese, and a little more sleep.  It is time to hit the reset button and the start of the year seems like the perfect time.  With some clean eating and snowy runs, I am hoping to undo my holiday damage.   This colorful, low calorie beverage has become a morning staple.  The bright flavors, especially the refreshing cucumber are even beginning to replace my morning cup of coffee.  I have been making a pitcher daily and sipping on it throughout the day for a quick dose of extra nutrition.  Loaded with green veggies, fiber, and metabolism boosting green tea, this yummy smoothie-juice beverage is the perfect morning detox to help hit my reset button.

 

 

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups of baby spinach
  • 1 small apples
  • 1 medium cucumber
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 4-6 cups of iced green tea (unsweetened)
  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy

Directions

  • Peel the apples and chop into quarters
  • Peel the skin off the cucumber and chop into quarters
  • Place all ingredients in the blender with the green tea being last (this prevents splashing)
  • Use the liquidfy setting and blend for 10-20 seconds until ingredients form a juice like consistency
  • Sip away!

 Nutrition:

  • Calories:  58
  • Carbohydrates:  10 grams
  • Protein:  1 gram
  • Fat:  0 grams
  • Fiber: 1 gram
  • Sugar:  1 gram

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