The Green Drink

The Green Drink

February 09, 2011 4 Comments

A strategy I have been using with many my Coaching Clients lately is the early morning Green Drink.  A fast and easy way to fulfil the requirements of the First Meal.

The goal is to create a drink that will not only provide you with the necessary nutrients for proper neurotransmitter and metabolic function, but also, quite simply deliver more vegetables to the body in the early hours.  As we know, properly balanced meals contain a source of protein, fat, vegetable and fibre.

It is rare to hear of someone routinely eating fresh vegetables during their morning meal, and if they do, it is usually in the absence of high quality protein and fat, as was the case when “juicing” came into vogue in the late ‘80s and ‘90s. 

With the morning Green Drink, any vegetables you add will still have their fibre content contained within the drink because it is simply being blended and not completely extracted.  This is an excellent way to fulfil all requirements of a properly structured meal.  And believe me, for those of you concerned about how this will taste, it’s a non-issue… you will definitely not notice the added vegetables, but you will certainly feel the difference!

The Green Drink

Prep time: 2 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 scoops of high quality Whey or Vegetarian protein source
  • 1/2 cup of Spinach (fresh or frozen) or other green vegetable
  • 1 bunch of fresh Mint
  • 1/2 cup organic berries (please experiment with ALL varieties of berries)
  • 1-2 teaspoons organic coconut oil - for medium-chain triglycerides
  • freshly ground cinnamon to taste
  • adjust the consistency with filtered water, nut milk, and/or ice

The idea is to keep the fruit to a minimum or at very least add an equal amount of vegetables as you do fruit.  This will go a long way in reducing fructose intake and stabilizing insulin and blood sugar response.

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  1. Coach Campbell April 06, 2011

    Recent additions to the Green Drink have been:
    Kale
    Fresh Lemon - quartered with the peel and all
    RAW Cacao nibs
    Coconut milk
    Coconut cream
    Coconut flesh - shredded

    Experiment with your own Green Drink.  Comments are welcome.

  2. Coach Campbell May 09, 2011

    @Andrea,

    I am going to recommend a move away from Rice milk in general.  The sugar content is far too high. 

    Almond milk, coconut milk and cream are far better options.

  3. Neil March 17, 2014

    How do you feel about putting flax/chia/hemp in the drink? making it more smoothie-like?  Waste of time?

  4. Coach Campbell March 17, 2014

    @Neil,

    You are free to add anything you wish to the Green Drink as long as it maintains its core requirements.

    Considering adding extra carbohydrates should be contingent on your current level of leanness, degree of insulin sensitivity, and energy/recovery needs.

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