How to Be a Classy Lady: Drink Green Juice

Monday, May 4, 2015

I am not ashamed to admit that usually I am the obnoxious person in the Starbucks line who orders something so complicated that the Barista has to ask me to repeat my request several times (iced grande chai latte, soy, sweetened, no whip, light on the ice, extra shot of espresso, etc. etc.). From this quality I've moved on to a new kind of pretentious beverage: green juice. Honestly, I order green juice to look cooler than I am and kind of close my eyes and point to ingredients that seem healthy and low in sugar. (tryna cut back on my sweet tooth, jafeel?) As someone who still gets grossed out by certain kinds of fruits and vegetables (I'm twenty one and have yet to be a normal human who is not 4 years old. Life is hard.) drinking them seems to be a really great alternative to staying healthy AND being hip. I'm hoping to do some research this summer in New York and learn more about what is really healthy and what I should drink after a workout or if I want to go on a juice cleanse (you never know) or if I need energy. So far I've had three varieties of green juice, and I must say they are all an equal tie. Sipping one now actually (see above pic from my social study spot at Lamar Dodd).

First, my mom makes a KILLER spinach smoothie. (Doesn't everything taste better when your mom makes it for you?!) We started drinking them at my house a few years ago and have spread the joy to our extending family members and friends. She's definitely perfected the ratio where the smoothie may be Kermit-colored, but it is surprisingly delicious and excitingly nutritious. (That rhyme was on purpose. Because I'm a lady with the rhythm but a freak with the beats. Okay, stopping now.)

Here is her recipe:

2 cups Fresh Spinach
1 Banana (peeled)
1/2 Green Apple (peeled)
1 tbs Ground Flax Seed
1 cup Milk

Add to blender in this order. Blend well for 2 minutes. Add 1/2 cup crushed ice and blend a bit more to cool the mixture off. Enjoy!

Mom's Spinach Smoothie Recipe

Second, I love Arden's Garden juices. They just opened a shop in downtown Athens which I have yet to visit, but I've been picking up an Arden's Garden juice from Kroger every now and then to supplement my usual English Muffin + PB breakfast. The Supergreen juice is super yummy and is loaded with fresh ingredients like apples and wheatgrass. 

Arden's Garden Supergreen Juice

Finally, Earth Fare's Kale Lemonade is fun and refreshing, especially looking ahead to summer. I love Earth Fare's juice stand because you stand there and watch them grind up all the fresh ingredients right in front of you. There are no surprises and the juice is delicious and SO FRESH. This is my poison of choice today as I crank out some art history studying. 

(1) Green drank at Lamar Dodd \\ (2) The juice bar at Earth Fare in Five Points, Athens

Got any hip green juice combinations I need to try?

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