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Happy St. Patrick’s/Drink Something Green Day!

March 17, 2012

I always find it interesting what other people eat, or in this case drink. And since so many Americans celebrate their Irish heritage (or lack thereof) by consuming all things green and dying beer to fit that category too, I thought I’d share some of the green things I like to eat. Well, actually, things I like to drink in place of eating.

Every morning I start the day with a green drink. I am so glad Pinterest has taken off the way it has. (Did you know one of the cofounders went to York Suburban?) I’ve been drinking Dr.Oz’s green drink for years, but I didn’t make it everyday because it contains a lot of ingredients that I didn’t always have and was fairly time consuming to make. Plus while it doesn’t taste bad, I could never finish the whole thing in one sitting because I didn’t love it. Then Pinterest came along. And then it REALLY took off and people started “pinning” all kinds of new green drinks for me to try.

So I became more adventurous and eventually tried the “Green Smoothie” at Under One Sun in Central Market.  So I tried replicating it at home and found out it was way easier to make than Dr.Oz’s green drink.

My Green Drink

Don’t ask me the exact recipe. But this is generally how I make it:

  • Half a banana
  • 1-2 handfuls of spinach
  • Enough orange juice to blend the first two ingredients (if I had to guess I’d say 1/4 cup)
  • Half an apple (I use Gala)
  • A couple of small slices of ginger

Blend the first 3 ingredients until smooth. Add the chopped apple and ginger. Add a couple of ice cubes if you want to have a more smoothie-like texture. Sip through a straw. I always thought the people “pinning” the drinks just put a straw in for fun or to make it look pretty. It’s not for frills. Skip the straw and end up with a green mustache. You’ve been warned.

It’s really filling – it’s like a salad in a glass. Just one glass is enough for a full breakfast for me. I make two at a time and refrigerate the second one for tomorrow morning’s breakfast.

So, now that the cat’s out of the bag that I’m “one of those healthy eaters” as dubbed by the random guy in the grocery store, I’ll let you know that I’m always on the lookout for healthier places to eat/drink in York. And recently, a new tea bar, Eudaimonia opened up in Cherie Ann Designs Boutique. I’m in love with this place.

Which is funny, because I’ve never like tea. But apparently that’s because I had never tried herbal tea. This stuff is the bomb dot com. Are people still saying that? No? Oh, well we can bring it back. No? Anyway, in my never-ending quest to find out what’s really healthy, Megan from the tea bar has introduced me to Matcha smoothies.

York Tea BarSorry, I kept forgetting to take a picture until it was almost gone. That’s how good it is. So a matcha smoothie is just one that contains matcha, the powder form of green tea. The health benefits of green tea are widely touted, and apparently in this form, the antioxidents are more than 100 times greater than regular green tea. I’m no health expert, so don’t quote me on that. Instead, you can quote me on the taste. This one tastes kind of like a semi-citrusy strawberry milkshake with mint in it. Megan calls it “Young Grasshopper”, and let’s face it, she had me at the name before I even knew the ingredients. But in case you’re wondering, it contains: bok choy, strawberries, mint, soy milk, orange juice and matcha.

So if you’re downtown in York today for the parade, and not into Kegs and Eggs (or maybe looking for a hangover cure already…), I’d highly recommend getting one of these green drinks today!

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