G R E E N SMOOTHIE RECIPE

Now, we get this question all the time. Which is better juicing or blending?

What do we think? Here at drinkbar, we do our best to encourage REALISTIC consistent behavior. Let's be honest, getting out your juicer, making sure you have all the parts and enough produce, just to get started, IS HARD. IT is. That is what we are for. 

When we are talking juicing VS blending, juicing certainly takes the cake.. or cucumber in this case. Juice is easily broken down in the body, making the nutrients readily available. You are also able to drink more of it, making it easier to obtain high nutrient density in a small amount of liquid. This particular advantage is important for those with immune sensitivities, chronic diseases and cancer.  

Is blending still good? Blending is spectacular! It is easy, fairly easy to clean up and you can use frozen products and less of it. It is incredibly practical (unless your an early riser....loud blenders at 5am = no bueno). Creating a go to smoothie recipe that will satisfy you will keep you committed, and consistency is key. Smoothies are also easy to share and fairly kid friendly.

Some suggestions on blending:

Keep a large quantity of frozen fruit and vegetables at home. This is such an easy trick, they don't spoil, and it will keep you excuse free.

Some frozen options: 

  • spinach
  • strawberry
  • mango
  • pineapple
  • banana
  • kale

These are all affordable and will stay fresh for a long time should you get off track. Make sure however, you peel your bananas before you freeze them.

Other non frozen smoothie options:

  • cucumber
  • zucchini
  • lettuce
  • apple
  • cilantro
  • parsley
  • dates

Super food options:

  • Maca powder
  • Chlorella powder
  • Spirulina powder
  • Chia Seeds
  • Flax seeds
  • hemp seeds
  • phylium husks
  • pumpkin
  • pepitas
  • bee pollen

Happy Blending, guys.

 

 

 

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Homemade Vinegar recipe for all infections

Four Thieves Vinegar

The original recipe calls for fresh herbs, but I have substituted dry for a longer shelf-life. This is a long-standing herbal recipe. It is said that grave robbers used this remedy to avoid the plague! Needless to say, it is an excellent remedy for infection. All of the herbs are aromatic, warming, anti-microbial, and diaphoretic.

 

Ingredients

1/4 cup coarsely powdered lavender flowers
1/4 cup coarsely powdered rosemary leaves
1 tablespoon coarsely powdered sage
1 tablespoon coarsely powdered thyme
1 tablespoons coarsely powdered peppermint
3 fresh garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 tablespoon powdered black pepper
3 cups apple cider vinegar

 

 

Directions

  • Place lavender, rosemary, sage, thyme, peppermint, garlic, and pepper in a clean glass jar.
  • Cover with vinegar, so that the herbs are completely saturated and covered by about an extra inch of menstruum.
  • Shake your jar every day or two for at least two weeks.
  • Strain, bottle, cap, and store in a cool dry place or in the refrigerator.

Adapted from The Herbal Kitchen