Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Okay, I know what you're thinking - "But smoothies imply only sweet things. Oooh, gross!" But just let any preconceptions fall away, and keep reading.
Standing in the checkout line a few weeks ago, I came across an article in this magazine, First for Women, and as the headline article suggests, the #1 fat cure is to drink various combinations of high-nutrition special juices. I wish I'd bought the dumb magazine, because I've wanted to refer back to it lots of times. I may call the magazine and see if I can buy a back issue. Anyway, at the time I thought, "Okay, I'm not buying a juicer, because #1 I don't have the money and #2 it seems like such a waste of money to use sooooo many ingredients for so little juice output." But still, it had me thinking, and I thought I could come up with my own solution to juicing. The article did mention using a blender, then I think straining the juice out, but why not get the fiber from the veggies and fruits you use anyway? So, this is my first recipe for healthy juices without the expensive juicer.
1-1/2 cups frozen spinach
8 oz. V-8 100% vegetable juice or generic brand
1 to 1-1/2 tsp. minced garlic (I just used the bottled kind, waaaay easier)
1/4 tsp. dried italian seasoning
Nuke the spinach about 1 minute just to soften it up.
Add the 8 oz. of V-8 to the blender.
Add the garlic.
Sprinkle in about 1/4 tsp. seasoning
I just eyeball the seasoning, really.
Wah-lah! A veggie smoothie, reminiscent of a spinach pizza, which gave me the idea in the first place. I have one just about every day now, and I really do like it.