Last month I decided I wanted to get a Blendtec or a Vitamix to make green smoothies. I was all set and even got the hubby to reluctantly agree to it. We planned on using our tax return to buy the blender.Since my husband isn’t exactly a healthy eater (isn’t exactly? Who am I kidding?), it seemed like it would be beneficial to our whole family. My daughter doesn’t like leafy greens either, so I thought I’d found the holy grail of vegetable goodness. We planned on using our tax return to buy the blender.
Unfortunately, we did our taxes and the result was not at all what we’d planned. Let’s just say we owed–and we owed more than I’ve ever owed in my life. The Blendtec or Vitamix was instantly thrown out. He appeased me by letting me buy a NutriBullet. I’d still love a Blendtec someday, but for now, the NutriBullet is doing its job.
We’ve been making fruit smoothies and green smoothies for about a month now. I like the green smoothies, but since I watch my sugar intake (and this includes natural sugars too), the thick fruit-based green smoothies are just simply too sugary for me. It’s easy to pack 40 or 50 grams of carbs into a smoothie when it contains two or three kinds of fruit, so I started to try my hand at green “drinks” as opposed to smoothies. The result has been AMAZING, and this lemonade is hands-down my favorite treat yet. It’s simple to make, only requires four easy ingredients, and goes down as smoothly as a glass of iced tea. Also, you should be able to do this with just about any blender (the NutriBullet is only 600 watts and it worked fine).
Perhaps the best part of green drinks is the ability to drink the healthy vitamins, minerals and chlorophyl that comes with the greens you put in them without the need to dress a salad. They’re convenient, nutrient-packed and delicious: even the kids will love them. Even the playful green hue of this amazing lemonade is something kids love. Blending the spinach really brings out some serious green: call it “monster” lemonade or whatever you need to get the kids to gulp this down in lieu of sugary, store-bought junk that will raise insulin levels and promote obesity. It’s win-win. You can even make large batches of it and store it in the fridge for up to a day (after that, it will begin to lose its color).
You’ll want to have plenty on hand for this summer– trust me! And be sure to follow the directions so you get a smooth drink without a smoothie consistency. It’s what makes this so good!
Super Green Lemonade
Juice of 2 lemons
2 1/2 cups of water
1 cup organic spinach
1/4 cup Swerve (or granulated erythritol, or 15 drops stevia extract, or sweetener of your choice)
1. In a blender, combine spinach and water and blend on high for at least 60 seconds or until no chunks of spinach are visible in the water.
2. Add in lemon juice and Swerve into the blender and blend on high speed for another 30-40 seconds or so.
3. Strain the mixture through a handheld wire mesh strainer into another cup to collect any extra debris. You may want to do this several times to assure no large pieces or seeds remain. Do this even if you’re using a high end blender, because a pure, smooth consistency is key to this lemonade.
4. Serve over ice. Enjoy
Nutrition: 5 calories, 1g carbs.