Have you ever made an impulse purchase at the farmer's market, and then didn't quite know what to do with your newly acquired produce?
I was browsing at my local farmer's market last week and came across a booth selling bags of fresh greens. A cheerful young woman smiled at me from across the table and announced "one bag for five dollars, or five bags for twenty!".
I walked away with five bags of greens, thinking about how happy my family would be with fresh spinach, sorrel, beet greens, and rainbow chard in their dinner salads that week.
Four days later, even though we had eaten plenty of salads that week, my bags of greens were still quite full, and I realized that even my large family would never be able to eat that that much salad before the greens went bad. I needed to come up with a backup plan, STAT.
After chopping and freezing an assortment of greens for later additions to lasagnas and stir-frys, I was still left with what seemed like an overwhelming amount of miscellaneous, nutrient-packed greens. I haven't made green drinks in quite some time, so I got out my blender and started experimenting, and came up with an incredible recipe that is not only Keto, Paleo, and Whole-30 friendly, but also picky-toddler approved!
If you don't have a local farmer's market, don't grow your own greens, or would rather have the simplicity of tossing something easy in a shaker cup, check out our Emerald Essence! This formula is chock full of bioavailable vitamins and minerals in a great-tasting powdered drink mix. You can use Emerald essence in place of spring greens in this recipe.
(does anyone else's toddler refuse to wear clothing, or is it just me?)
Spring Green Drink
Serving size: 1
- 1-2 handfuls spinach, chard, beet greens or kale (about 3/4 cup, packed) -OR- 2 Tbsp Emerald Essence
- 1 cup almond Milk
- 1-2 tsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp peanut or almond butter
- Stevia to taste (optional)
- 6-8 pieces of ice
Add all ingredients except ice to your blender and blend well for 10-15 seconds. Add ice and blend until smooth. Pour into a cup and enjoy!
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