Herbal Green Monster

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on September 30, 2011

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I’m not going to lie, I’m about 1 kale leaf away from turning into a Green Monster.

We have a serious overgrowth issue going on in the garden.

Meet MONSTER kale…just in time for Halloween…

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Flashback to May 2011:

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Madness.

The peppers continue to grow even despite this cool and rainy weather!

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As well as the cucumbers and onions.

Eric likes to surprise me by picking colossal garbage bags full of kale and leaving them on the kitchen counter. “Look what I picked for you!!!” 

I don’t have the heart to tell him I’m about to hurl at the sight of kale right now. All I could think about was that I had to eat all of it.

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“This will be great for freezing, thank you!”

I quickly stuff the bag of kale into the freezer, heaving my body weight against the door so it would shut.

The door pops open, exploding with kale. This could be an issue.

While the kale waits for me to love it again, I’ve been experimenting with some other greens in my smoothies. Greens I’m not sick of at the moment.

Like Parsley.

Much like my Cherry Basil smoothie, adding fresh parsley into my smoothie was also a fun twist! Fresh herbs are said to be detoxifying & cleansing for the body and are brimming with antioxidants, making them a great addition to any smoothie.

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Herbal Green Monster

This fresh tasting Green Monster packs in detoxifying lemon juice, wheatgrass powder, and parsley while lightly sweetened with fruit. Add some protein powder and/or nut butter to make a meal out of it. If you aren’t a parsley fan, I suggest trying my Cherry Basil smoothie which is also good. You can also start by using a smaller amount of herbs and then use spinach or kale to top it up.

Yield: 1 serving

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup non-dairy milk (I used almond milk)
  • 1 cup packed fresh parsley, big stems removed
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds (or ground flax)
  • 1 very ripe pear (or use a banana)
  • 1/2 frozen banana (optional)
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice (add leftover juice to water or tea)
  • 1 tsp wheatgrass powder (optional)
  • 1 serving Protein powder and/or nut butter (optional)
  • 2-3 ice cubes (it’s best very cold)

 

1. Add all ingredients (starting with the almond milk) into a blender and blend until smooth. Serve and enjoy!

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Going, going, going….gone.

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Even though it’s Fall outside, nothing beats starting the day with greens.

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Just have a hot tea on hand…

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I’ve been drinking herbal tea this week after finding out that the tannins in caffeinated tea could be irritating my stomach lining. I cut down my caffeinated tea to just 1 or 2 cups a day now.

After two days of withdrawal headaches, I’m now feeling really good!

Thanks for the great discussion going on in the My Journey To Naturopathy post. Very interesting to read about your experiences!

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Margaret April 22, 2012 at 9:23 pm

I was skeptical about parsley in a smoothie but I had a bunch leftover and tried it…it is indeed amazing! i did parsley, frozen strawberries and pear and its really refreshing! A great way to use up those extra herbs. I’ve done a basil, cucumber, and apple smoothie that was interesting, in a good way. :)

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Michele July 24, 2013 at 7:14 am

I must admit I was a little skeptical about this one, but it is fantastic!

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Melissa October 10, 2013 at 12:52 pm

Try adding a little cilantro as well – I make the same shake you mention, but I add an apple (skin removed) , no chia seeds or wheatgrass powder but everything else. The cilantro flavor is light and delicious.

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