Dr. Oz’s Green Drink

Oprah and Dr. Oz with Green Drink Recipe

by Lesli

in Blend It to Mend It!, Smoothies

If you watch Oprah (and who doesn’t), then I know you’re familiar with Dr. Mehmet Oz and his famous “green drink”. Dr. Oz says he drinks it just about every morning and if you look at Oprahs weekly meal plan, you’ll see that she too is drinking it every morning.

Me too — Me too!!  Yummo!

Dr. Mehmet Oz’s Green Drink Recipe – SERVES 3 to 4

  • 2 apples (cored, but leave the skin on them)
  • 2 BIG handfuls of spinach
  • 1 medium cucumber
  • 3 ribs/sticks of chopped celery (if you’re using Vita-mix, you only need to cut the celery rubs into thirds)
  • 1/2 inch or teaspoon ginger root, peeled
  • 1 bunch parsley
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon

After everything is combined in a blender (I highly recommend Vita-mix), this recipe makes 28 to 30 ounces — about three to four servings. After Oprah tried this on the show, she was pleasantly surprised and exclaimed “It’s a glass of fresh!”

If you’re not used to green drinks, you may find them a bit “earthy” in the beginning.  An easy solution is to increase the fruit content until you get used to the earthy taste.  I betcha one day you’ll be craving green drinks just like Dr. Oz’s recipe (I do).  But in the beginning (and for as long as you want), feel free to increase the apple, or add a banana, or add in my favorite … fresh mango or cooked sweet potato!

This isn’t a race, it’s a lifestyle.


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What about you? Do you enjoy your green drinks? How often do you drink them?

Here’s to Peace, Love, and Lovin’ Our Greens!

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{ 54 comments… read them below or add one }

JoAnn Deller

I watched Oprah today and you had a recipe for a smoothie..with blueberries, banana’s. and another kind of berry..it was a blender berry drink..could you please send me the recipt…

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Jim

How about you just eat the apples, celery, ginger, and spinach?

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Desiree

Some people have issues with textures. I can’t eat most whole fruits and vegetables because their textures make me gag.

Thus…I turn to smoothies.

Some people don’t have a lot of time in the morning to munch away at all of that and there is the issue of getting full before you can eat everything that you need to eat to get the proper amount of nutrients.

I’m just saying, that unless you have that time and don’t have sensory issues (like me), eating the whole fruits and veggies is…not worth it.

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Lesli

Hi Des, thanks for stopping by! My sister is a bit like you — she has some sensory issues with certain things. Not me, I love all fruits and veggies, but I totally relate to the time issue and green drinks (smoothies) are an awesome way to get your day started with lots of yummy, healthy, veg! Anyway you look at it, green smoothies rock. Hope to see you on our playground again soon :)

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Linnet Housley

The green drink recipe contains high oxalate veggies( spinach, celery, etc. more than 10 mg.) that started causing problems in my diet. Is there any low oxalate veggies I can substitute. Thanks

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cindy bawaneh

I am a diabetic, with kidney failure and have to watch my phofates and sodium. I have a real problem in having high numbers and tend to gain 10 pounts in between my one day on and one day off dialysis. Can you halp me in some recipies? Also I wonder if you juice one meal or two meal with one regular meal?? How does that work?

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Lesli

Hi Cindy, I’m so sorry to hear about the health challenges you’re having. Holy-tamolie, it sounds tough and admire you tremendously for trying to live a healthier lifestyle. In terms of your specific question, I’m not familiar enough with the specifics of a diabetic diet and I truly know nothing of what someone with kidney failure needs to be doing so I would hesitate to offer anything specific. Do you focus on whole grains and fiber rich vegetables?

So far as my juicing/smoothie regiment — I generally have one green drink a day and sometimes I’ll add a fruit smoothie when I’m in the mood for something sweet and satisfying. I can do either as a meal replacement, but I don’t generally. I try to eat a protein first thing in the morning (good for weight loss), and then a green smoothie as a mid morning snack. Then a high fiber lunch, followed by either a high fiber snack or another smoothie (I’ve got several smoothie recipes on this site), then dinner is my smallest meal of the day and it varies considerably.

If I want a sweet after dinner, I’ll have a VitaMix “ice cream”, which is nothing more than a bit of frozen fruit (about 1 cup total) blended with a small amount of liquid. Depending on my mood, the liquid might be lite coconut milk, fat free organic milk, or fruit juice. I make sure I don’t eat ANYTHING after 8 pm.

I hope that helps. Best of success to you and congrats on trying to get your health issues under control.

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Anne Marie Miller

HELP I am in the process of making Dr Oz”s green drink smoothie and I can’t seem to puree the ingredients. I have half a blender full w/all the juices (lemon and lime) and it only purees the very bottom of it. I’m going to try to process smaller amounts at a time, but I don’t think there is enough liquid to process all the ingredients into 3-4 smoothies. Please e-mail me asap. I don’t want to waste all the ingredients I just got for this drink. Thank you in advance for your quick response.

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Anne Marie Miller

Well I’ve been working on and off w/this and I’m not even half way yet!!!! I’ve cut the amount in the blender and have even added a little water. But the chunks keep flying off to the edeges during chop and puree. I have a Hamilton Beach blender w/about 10+ settings and I have to keep taking a break cuz I’m afraid to over heat it. But it crushes and blends frozen drinks w/o any problem. HELP I really want to try this receipe due to my type 2 diabetes (on the insulin pump) and my fatty sirr. of the liver (NASH) due to my diabetes. And I would love to lose about 40 lbs.

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Fred

Get a vita mix . And buy the book wheat belly and follow it ‘ it will save your life. I went
From 280lbs to 178 . With no exersizeing. My cholestra went from almost 10 to 4.7. I quit all dibeteus meds. My skin cleared up ‘ my blood pressure went from real high now its normal stopped the meds for that also. Also no more leaky bowell problems. You will thank me. STOP ALL WHEAT PRODUCTS NOW. The book wheat tell you why.

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Lesli

Fred, Congrats on your success and for sharing it with out community. I couldn’t agree with you more about the blessings of a Vitamix!

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Anne Marie Miller

Here I am again, and I finally got it all pureed, but it didn’t take only 30 secs. to puree. I poured in the the cup I had pureed and just kept adding a handful at a time of the chopped ingreds. till it finally all pureed, but still very thick. It taste good enuf to drink but it is in the freezer to get cold since it took me so long to process. I should 2-3 more cups from the blender which is in the fridge.

NOW my question is how many carbs do I count for each glass (about 10+ ozs.)?????

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Lesli

Hi Anne Marie, I’m sorry I didn’t see all your posts until today. I’m glad you got it worked out. If you’re going to be making green smoothies (or any kind of smoothies with whole fruits and veggies), I really recommend the VitaMix blender. I know it can be expensive, but it’s oh so worth it. Seriously, when I downsized my home and moved into a motorhome to become a fulltime RVer, I had to get rid of most all of my appliances, and being a girl who cooks and cares about health, I was rather attached to my appliances. My VitaMix blender was the one item I wouldn’t even consider getting rid of! I use it all the time — in fact last night I made a quick 30 second strawberry/banana/coconut “ice cream”, with no added sugars. I simply put about 1 cup of frozen strawberries, 1/2 frozen banana, 1/3 cup lite coconut milk in the blender (in the opposite order), and blended it for about 30 seconds. It made a wonderful, fresh, healthy, creamy frozen dessert. Yumm!

OK, back to your question about the carbs. I hate to say this, but when I first started this blog, I used to try to calculate all the nutrition data for each recipe (and you’ll still find it on some of my recipes) and I found it to be way too time consuming for me. Blogging isn’t a full-time gig for me. I do what I do just to be of service to others who are looking for healthier options in their life. What I can share with you is a website called http://nutritiondata.com. They have a calculator on there that will calculate the nutrition content of just about anything you’re interested in. Simply input the recipe, and ta-da, they’ll tell you everything you could possibly want to know about the nutrition of it — and more!

By the way, if you’re interested in purchasing a new VitaMix blender, you can use the link on this website to get FREE shipping. You can also look on eBay, Craigslist, garage sales, etc., for a used blender.

Best of luck to you!

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JOLENE VESSELS

I HAVE MADE THE GREEN DRINK AND I NEED TO KNOWN HOW MUCH DO I DRINK AT A TIME? I CAN’T DRINK THE WHOLE THING AT ONE SETTING. I WANT TO USE IT FOR COLON CLEANSING AND WEIGHT LOSS. DO I DRINK 8 0Z PER DAY? HOW LONG DO I DRINK IT. DO I EAT NORMAL MEALS? I MADE IT WITHOUT LIME BECAUSE THE RECEIPT I USED DID NOT CALL FOR IT. SHOULD I ADD IT NEXT TIME? THANK YOU JOLENE

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Lesli

Hi Jolene, You’ll want to drink about 8 ounces at a time. The recipe makes 3 to 4 servings. Yes, I eat normal meals and consider the green drink a between meal refresher.

I’d add the lime next time. Limes rescued British sailors from scurvy and they can rescue you from any vitamin C deficiency as well as acidosis (too much acid in the body). Limes are wonderful alkaline-forming fruits in the body because of their near zilch sugar content and ultra high mineral content, making them the ideal companion for a health-minded soul.

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lan

hi, If i wasn’t able to finish it that day, can i save it for the next day?

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Lesli

Hi Ian, you would be better off to reduce the amount of veggies you’re juicing to make just one serving because each hour that you save your juice, it loses some of it’s nutrients. Having said that, I know we all live busy lives and if time is the issue, you’re better off to make the full batch of juice and save some for the next day. It won’t have as many of the original nutrients (just like the juices you buy in the store don’t have all their original nutrients), but it’s still a healthier alternative than skipping the juice entirely. Ideally, prepare a fresh juice every day. Realistically, do what works best for you.

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Jean

I used a juicer to make Dr. Oz’s Green Drink. I halved the recipe, with the exception of the lime, and lemon. It is tart, which I like (drinking it now for the first time). I find it quite palatable and refreshing. I’d definitely give this juice an A+.

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Lesli

I’ll bet it would make a tasty juice. Thanks for sharing :)

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Carol

Great information. Thank you so much for your service.
Carol

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Beverly Anderson

Interested in the recipe for the smoothie, Blueberry Breakfast smoothie that they showed on the Oprah show today August 30th, sure it was a repeat. It’s Dr. Oz recipe for children. thank you

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Lesli

Hi Beverly, I believe this is the recipe you’re searching for … Blueberry Avocado Smoothie

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Kristin

Can I make the drink in bulk? How long does it stay fresh?

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Lesli

Hi Kristin, you can make it in bulk, but I wouldn’t make more than you can drink in a day. The longer it sits, the more vitamins and nutrients it loses.

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Harish

I am not a twin. I am the mom of three year old twins who have yet to show any type of tteepalhy. However I had a very inconclusive sonogram at only five weeks that was only showing that I had conceived twins. From that point on I strongly sensed that baby A was a boy. I felt it again a few weeks later watching a mother/son dance at a wedding. When I heard at 16 weeks that Baby A “had the potential of being a boy” and at 20 weeks that he was a boy it felt like they were telling me something I already knew. I contrast this with my sense about his twin sister. In that case I knew I was only mildly hoping she was a girl.

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Mary Brennan

What is the name of the machine that Dr. Oz used to turn frozen berries and a banana into ice cream? Where can I purchase one?

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Lesli

I believe Dr Oz is using a Vitamix. It’s the best blender I’ve found to do exactly what you’re asking about and so much more. If you’re interested, you can find more about it here and you can also get a discount code for free shipping.

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Mary Ann Hauser

I was looking for the Eye Protecting Mango Dream Smoothie, but the page cannot be found. How can I get this recipe? I need help with my eyes. Also, how can I order the Vitamix? Hope to hear from some one.
With Kind Regards,
Mary Ann Hauser

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Lesli

Hi MaryAnn, Here’s the link to the Eye Protecting Mango Smoothie. I sincerely hope that helps you! If you use this Vitamix Discount Code, you’ll receive FREE SHIPPING on your VitaMix order. Best of success to you, Mary Ann, as you heal your body the natural way.

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Fiona

Regarding Dr. Oz’s Green Drink. What about the whole issue of food combining? According to those who subscribe to this principle, you shouldn’t eat fruit and vegetables together. The apparently require different digestive enzymes/juices to break down and can create a lot of gas and putrifaction when eaten together. Thanks in advance for your reply!

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Kelly

I don’t want to start a huge argument, but food combining is nonsense. Fruit and veggies can be eaten together. After all they all end up in your stomach and it takes about 3-4 hours for food to digest. For thousands of years fruit and veggies have been combined in meals, combining them in a glass isn’t going to harm you. That said, what may be happening is that different people react differently to any food change or addition. I’ve been drinking green smoothies for almost a decade, both fruit and veggie greens, and have never had a single problem. My SIL started drinking them and did have some gas and upset for the first 2-3 days, mostly because her poor insides weren’t used to any kind of veg (she’s a meat and potatoes kind of gal). Hitting her colon with the fruit and veggies sort of threw it for a loop “hey, what the h@&* is this!!” But after those early days she now has no problem at all. I do recommend NOT using the same greens each time. Spinach in large amounts everyday can cause kidney stones as it is extremely high in calcium. Mix it up on a weekly basis with kale, arugula, spinach and things like cut off beet and carrot tops.

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Lesli

Hi Fiona, I’m still on the fence about that. I know of people who say it’s all rubbish and then there are those who swear by it. I think the only thing you can really do is see how YOUR body is affected by combining. These days I’m leaning more towards the idea of combining but I still drink my smoothies with mixed fruits and veggies. Obviously, Dr. Oz doesn’t pay any attention to food combining and he seems to lean very much toward naturopathic medicine, so I tend to trust him quite a bit.

Smiles,
Lesli

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Allie

This is great! Green Smoothies are very heatlhy and are a great way to get vitamins and minerals and antioxidants!!! Go Smoothies!

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Stephanie A.

Any ideas on what to replace the celery with? I hate celery…

I make a fruit/veggie smoothie about 4 days a week (can also speak highly about Vitamix – wonderful!) and just started putting chia seed gel in for my liquid instead of water or other juices. Any thoughts on that?

And thanks to Kelly commenting that you shouldn’t eat spinach every day due to kidney stones. I currently do eat the stuff almost every day (in smoothies or just eat it whole because I love it) so I’ll have to make some attempts to get out of my spinach rut.

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Lesli

Hi Stephanie, Great questions! I’m not sure you’ll really taste the celery in the smoothie so if you haven’t tried it, you might give it a go. Having said that, I HATE, HATE, HATE horseradish and I CAN taste the smallest elements of it no matter how well other people think it’s well hidden, so maybe you will taste it, but I sure don’t. I think it’s worth a go because celery is so amazingly healthy for us.

So far as substitutes, I don’t really know of anything specific. You might try google for an answer. If you find something, please come back and share with us.

I’m so glad you love your Vitamix. I think until people try it, they just can’t imagine how wonderfully powerful it is. So far as the chia seeds, I’ve heard of doing that, but I haven’t tried it myself. I’ve read about it on some very good blogs, so I believe it’s a sound principle. Do you enjoy the gel aspect of it?

So far as spinach, According to LiveStrong.com, Spinach contains a high amount of oxalate, which are naturally-occurring substances found in the food you eat and in your body. Oxalate found in urine combines with calcium to form calcium-oxalate kidney stones. Foods high in oxalate include spinach, beets, okra, leeks, collard greens, kale, celery, Swiss chard, zucchini, parsley, rhubarb, soy milk and black tea. Avoid large doses of vitamin C, as your body may turn extra vitamin C into oxalate. Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/485037-can-eating-too-much-spinach-give-you-kidney-stones/

I guess the bottom line is you don’t want to eat too much of any one thing. It’s suggested that you keep your oxalate levels to 40 to 50 mg a day.

I hope that helps.

Smiles,
Lesli

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Angel Thierry

I have a professional blender (for bars) with a 1500w motor and it’s just great. He can chop anything :-)

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shay

Read the problems…..this poster forgot to mention dr oz uses water! Thats why it wont blend people.

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Lesli

I think it might depend on your blender. I use a Vitamix and I blend it without any problem without added water. On Dr. Oz’s website, I don’t see the addition of water, but perhaps he used water on his show. If yours isn’t blending properly, for sure add enough water to make it work.

Smiles,
Lesli :)

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Sasha

Hello. Unfortunatly, I need to loose 5-10 pounds,though I’m not willing to exercise for hours on end (nor am I physically able to-due to a disease that limits joint movement), go on a freakish berry diet, or take absurd diet pills. I was about to give up with loosing the pounds when I read about Dr.Oz’s “amazing” Green Smoothie in a magazine. I tried out the smoothie and was surprised… at the taste. Since then, I’ve only had the smoothie 2-3 times. The reason why I haven’t had more is because of the taste. At first,I tried just gulping it down-just to get it down, but, to be honest, it’s really gross. I didnt want to loose the weight-loss effects, so I didnt add any fruit to it. Even if I did add fruit, I’m not sure it would taste any better. Do you have any recipes that taste decent and still provide the weight-loss?

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Lesli

I think you’ll love the Orange Cream Smoothie

which is known to create weight loss and it’s DE-LISH-OUSSSSS!! Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Smiles,
Lesli :)

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Rita

Sasha, if you’re only using the greens you are likely to get a smoothie that is very bitter. Many leafy greens are quite bitter — especially raw. The fruit adds a rereshing tangy flavor and a bit of sweetness. There are many healthful combinations of fruits that taste great in smothies and are fairly low in calories. I find that a tart apple like a granny smith goes great with green smoothies, and is delicious combined with a bit of pineaple and some green grapes. A splash of lime juice is amazing as well. If you’re concerned about calorie content, you might want to find an online chart with calorie and sugar counts for fruits and choose ones that are lower in one or both. The smoothies you make at home are going to be way less caloric than the ones they sell at smoothie places (not to mention less expensive) and by indulging in fruits and vegetables instead of an unhealthy snack you are teaching your body to crave healthful foods.

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Lesli

Awesome advice rcollen! Thanks for sharing.

Smiles,
Lesli :)

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jeniffer

I love Dr. Oz. He has some great diet suggestions especially his smoothie recipes that are full of fiber and nutrients. Smoothies are great meal replacement meals that will keep you full and satisfied.

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Fred

Buy the book wheat belly and get a vitamix. It may save your life.

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Joy

I was wondering if I could make this smoothie and then put it in an ice cream maker to help reserve it for later use. Do you think this recipe would freeze better with yogurt? I was also wondering how well it would freeze because I want to give my kids a healthy frozen treat.

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Lesli

Hi Joy, I wish I could tell you I’ve tried any of your suggestions, but I haven’t and unfortunately, I’m no expert on what freezes well. I’ve actually been thinking of doing more healthy popsicles myself. Let me know if you try it and how it worked out. An easy way to try it would be just to put about two tablespoons of your smoothie into one little ice cube tray and see how it works out. I may just do it myself :)

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dorothy

i have been trying to lose weight for along time.i have a hernia problem that keeps me up at night so when i do wake up it is close to noon time ,what can i do to change my life without pillsetc etc ,becoming sicker and more tired as time goes on.please can someone help me and email me just learning on the computer so forgive me thank you

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Tara Cooley

I am pretty used to the “earthy taste” of drinks like this by now, because about 4 years ago I changed my diet completely, and now my diet consists mainly of fruits and veggies. I used to hate the taste of veggies, but now, it’s the stuff I crave. Dr. Oz’s green drink tastes GREAT, and I’m not just saying that because it’s made of the stuff I crave. I think it would taste good for anyone, and I had to find the recipe!

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Steve Speiser

What is a good green drink recipe for type 2 diabetes? I am a 63 year old male. I also need to lose about 40 pounds. T.I.A.

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Stacey

I’ve been making this for years. Delicious!

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Juice mom

I have been juicing,with my omega juicer for almost four years . I love it my green juice! I actually crave it. But I bought a vita mix a couple of days ago and I’m in love!!!!! I started my smoothie and juicing life style because my health was in jeopardy. Seriously!!! I have autoimmune diseases. (Hashimotos thyroid otitis and grave disease) and on top of that I had leaky gut!! WHAT!. I felt terrible all the time. Tired, sluggish, forgetful, fat and unable to lose weight. Then I found out I have celiacs disease , I knew this was gonna change my life. So I stopped eating gluten, found in wheat, barley, malt and rye. This little protein that I ate so often was seriously impacting my health.. So here I am 4 yrs later juicing and drinking my smoothies daily. Lost 50 lbs feel great !! Inflammation is reduced and my poor leaky gut is healing. I don’t even care about eating pizza anymore cause pizza never made me feel this
good!! Green smoothie recipe I use.
2 stalks celery
1/2 cucumber
2handfuls spinach or kale or both. Live it up!
3 romaine lettuce leaves
1 lime
1/2 lemon
Flax seeds 2Tbsp
If u like it a little sweeter try adding 1/2 Granny Smith apple.

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Lesli

Congratulations on the progress you’ve made and thanks so much for sharing your green drink recipe. It’s so fun to try different things. They’re always a lot the same and a little different, but it’s the differences that are the spice of life.

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Sue

I’m new to the green drink, in fact just had my first one today and followed Dr Oz’s receipe completely. A friend of mine said this would be a great tool for weight loss. My question is can I add pinnapple to the orginal receipe and most importantly, can I use the drink for two meals and eat a regular dinner and still have weight loss?
Thank you :)

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Lesli

Hi Sue, in my opinion you can absolutely add pineapple to your smoothie. I often do because I love it and it offers lots of great health benefits. My take on green smoothies is that they’re flexible. Use whatever greens you can get fresh and organic at a reasonable price, and switch the fruits around to meet the same criteria … fresh and organic whenever possible.

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