January 26, 2010
A few days ago I decided it was time to suck it up and start eating more veggies. (I know – real life changing decision.) Anyhow, I was telling my dad about my new love of vegetables (speak it into existence, right?), and he said “Why don’t you just do what I do? Forget eating them. I drink ’em!” Hmmm… could this be the solution to my veggie problem?
Every morning my dad makes a green shake (and I use that term loosely) for breakfast. I’ve had his concoction before – it looks like bayou swamp water – but surprisingly tastes pretty good. Even my 12 year old daughter likes it. I figure, if you can get a 12 year old to drink a shake that looks like lake sludge and is chock full of vegetables, and actually enjoy it, well then it’s worth looking into.
The recipe for his Green Drink is as follows: 8 oz. of V8 Splash juice + 1 scoop of Nature’s Way ‘Alive! Whole Food Energizer Ultra-Shake’ (vanilla flavor) + 1 scoop of Vibrant Health ‘Green Vibrance’ + 1 T of Gaia Herbs ‘Chia Fresh Daily Fiber’ + 1 T Aloe Life ‘Whole Leaf Aloe Juice Concentrate’ (papaya flavor) + 1 tsp of Y.S. Royal Rush ‘Royal Jelly Bee Pollen Propolis’. Now let me break down the goodness of each product.
Nature’s Way ‘Alive! Ultra-Shake’ is touted as “the most complete daily energy supplement shake”. It’s a whole-food vitamin, with the addition of rice and pea protein – a complete protein combination, that is better digested and has less allergen potential than both soy and whey protein. It contains 25 vitamins & minerals, 24 fruits & veggies, 18 amino acids, 14 green foods, 12 organic mushrooms, 12 digestive enzymes, & 10 omega fatty acids. It’s a vegetarian formula, and all the ingredients are non-GMO (genetically modified organisms). So, in just one drink, you get vitamins, minerals, protein, fruits, vegetables, green foods, herbs, mushrooms, bioflavonoids, amino acids, enzymes, EFAs and nucleic acids. Whew! Alive! nutrients target the following 3 areas: 1) daily essentials, 2) botanical energizers, and 3) system defenders (including antioxidants). Sounds good to me!
Vibrant Health’s ‘Green Vibrance’ is a restorative, concentrated superfood that is a combination of organic greens and freeze-dried grass juices. It is a great source of vitamins, minerals, polyphenols, co-nutrients, and is gluten-free. Green Vibrance supports the four main foundations of physical health – nutrition, digestion, circulation, and immunity. It’s 60+ ingredients promote more complete nutrition, healthy digestion and gastrointestinal function (it has 25 billion probiotics per dose), healthy circulation, a stronger skeleton, energy production, efficient metabolism, detoxification, neurological health, cardiovascular function, immunity, antioxidant protection, and stress reduction. I’ll drink to that!
Gaia Herbs ‘Chia Fresh Daily Fiber’ is a rich source of whole fiber, made from ground chia seed. Fiber is essential for regularity and maintaining a healthy body weight. Chia Fresh is also high in protein, vitamins, minerals, and plant-based Omega-3 & Omega-6 EFAs, which offer additional nutritional value and antioxidant support. The ingredients are 100% vegetarian, gluten-free, non-GMO, and free of pesticides and heavy-metal toxicity. And as if that weren’t enough, the canister itself is made from renewable resources, including natural fibers and botanical antioxidants. Gotta love a company that cares about the health of you and the environment!
Aloe Life’s ‘Whole Leaf Aloe Juice Concentrate’ is the highest quality aloe vera in a bottle. Consuming aloe vera helps with digestion, immunity, energy, allergies, liver function, anti-inflammatory support for tissues and joints, and is great for the skin.
Y.S. Royal Rush’s ‘Royal Jelly Bee Pollen’ is an energizing drink mix with royal jelly, bee pollen, propolis, ginseng, and herbs. Royal Jelly contains all the B vitamins, nucleic acid, amino acids, fatty acids, enzymes, vitamins, and minerals. It also has powerful antibacterial and antibiotic properties. Bee Pollen contains significant amounts of protein and carbohydrates, with little fat. It is also rich with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, and anti-oxidants. It is used as an immune system enhancer. Propolis promotes heart health, and strengthens the immune system.
Now I know this drink is not intended to replace eating vegetables, but rather to supplement them. I do understand this doesn’t let me off the hook. My dad does use it to replace a standard breakfast meal though, and I think that sounds like a good idea. The one change I plan on making though is swapping out the V8 Splash juice (don’t need all that sugar), with something else. I’ll start with water, but think I may need something a little more, uh… flavorful, to disguise the taste of all this green goodness!
You can find more information about these products at their various websites: Nature’s Way (www.naturesway.com), Vibrant Health (www.vibranthealth.us), Gaia Herbs (www.gaiaherbs.com), and Aloe Life (www.aloelife.com). I couldn’t find a website for the Royal Rush, but you can read about the product here (www.houseofnutrition.com/ysfrezdriedr1.html).