That's right, I TiVo Oprah everyday. So sue me.
Thanks to her show, I've become acquainted with my favorite Doctor in the world - Dr. Oz (whom I don't, in fact, actually know). Anyway, I really like Dr. Oz because he practices both Western and Eastern medicine, which means that he promotes yoga, meditation, and even (gasp!) improving one's health through a diet rich in fruit and veg. Thus, he recently shared the following recipe to encourage people to incorporate healthy smoothies and juices into their daily lives. As for me, I'm pretty adept at blending up the former, but when it comes to the later, uh...notsomuch.
Actually, the meager breadth of my "juicing" experience extends only to squeezing the juice out of lemons, limes, and oranges for various recipes. If that's not bad enough, I don't even have a juicer. And my blender has been decidedly uncooperative lately, resulting in this being a much more time-consuming recipe than it should've been.
(Note to self: Add "juicer" or "Vitmixer" to Christmas list this year.)
So, this juice (simply called "Green Drink") is healthy, fresh, and slightly unusual. That being said, it's probably not appropriate for unadventurous eaters or for those who are really picky about certain textures. However, I thought the drink was pretty good - its color was particularly mesmerizing - though it probably would've tasted better if it were made in a juicer. Hmm...I guess I'll just have to revisit this recipe after Dec. 25th (nudge, nudge, wink, wink).
Recipe: Green Drink
(courtesy of Dr. Oz)
2 cups cucumber
2 cups fresh spinach
1 celery stalk
1/2 inch or 1 tsp. fresh ginger root
1 bunch parsley
1 lime, juiced
1/2 lemon, juiced
1.) If using a blender, chop up everything except the lime & lemon, to aid in blending.
2.) Add chopped ingredients, plus lime & lemon juice, to blender. Blend until smooth & serve immediately.
*If you're using a juicer, you know what to do!