What are you doing for St. Patrick’s Day? We’re going to a friend’s house, but before that we’re planning on stopping at Native Foods because they’re having a Weekend long Vegan St. Patty’s Day Special where the beer and wine are 1/2 off all day and they’re serving a Vegan version of a Classic Deli Rueben. Last year we all wore green and went to One World Vegetarian. If you wear green on St. Patty’s day, they give you a free vegan cupcake (w00t)!

But, to balance all of this St. Patty’s food out, why not start the day with something healthy? I got an e-mail from Omega Juicers the other day. I don’t usually post these things, but I love green drinks and I thought this was a great idea. Kids (and adults) might be a little more excited to try a green drink on St. Patty’s Day, you never know! :p

Here’s Little T and my own favorite green drink recipe:

  • lots of kale
  • Two stems celery
  • 6 large romaine lettuce leaves
  • 1 apple
  • 1 lemon
  • a little ginger
  • 1 pear
  • 1 cucumber

And here were the recipes from Omega Juicers (www.OmegaJuicers.com):
The Leaping Leprechaun

  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup of spinach leaves
  • 1 cup water

Lucky Lucy

  • 1 handful parsley
  • 2 apples
  • 1 handful spinach
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 lemon
  • 1-inch piece ginger

Sparkling Shamrock

 

  •  fresh pineapple cubes
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup of spinach leaves
  • 1 cup water
  • One to two drops of vanilla essence
  • One cup of plain soy yogurt and add a teaspoon or two of agave for sweetness (optional)

Irish Twist

  • 3 cups fresh baby Spinach
  • 1 Lime, 1 large Tomato
  • 2-3 Carrots and 1/2 Carrot top bunch
  • 1/2 bunch Parsley
  • 1 stalk Celery

Green Morning

  • 4-6 Carrots
  • 4 stalks of Celery
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 Macintosh or Yellow Apple
  • Combine all ingredients into a blender. Blend until really smooth, not still grainy or chunky or with bits of leaves floating about. It can be thick, as you can always thin with water, but it needs to be smooth.  This should take only a couple of minutes. Blend until the greens are so pulverized that they are no longer visible other than infusing your smoothie with a beautiful green color.

For more information about juice and smoothie recipes or Omega products please visit www.OmegaJuicers.com

Speaking of green drinks, last night I was talking with a friend about vegetables. We’ve decided to have a healthy party, where we get together and share healthy foods. We thought this would be a good way to get ideas from each other! Who knows? Maybe it will turn into a monthly thing!

I hope you’re all having a good week! I’m heading off to photograph another wedding at Disneyland today. I can’t think of a better way to spend the day than at a wedding. 🙂

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