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When I came with the concept for this “remake the shake” series in collaboration with Mountain Rose Herbs, I was, well, less than enthusiast about the prospect of a “green shake.” Don’t get me wrong, my friends and readers, I LOVE my veggies and greens. But I like them in their recognizable form. You know, kale that is curly and spinach that is leafy. I was also not terribly excited to reproduce a green shake that tasted like dusty, dried out greens.
And then I remembered – I am an herbalist and I can remake a green shake with some serious improvements. Tasty and nutritious? I got you covered with these herbs that deliver refreshing flavor and as well as vitamins and minerals to rival those prepackaged shakes.
Nettle: A great many of us are familiar with stinging nettle – whether we are herbalists or not. I will not soon forget thrusting my bare arm into a nettle patch to grab a laying hen on our neighbor’s property. Pins and needles for days! But this aggressively defensive plant is a source of crude protein, vitamins A and C, iron, and sodium, while also boasting chlorophyll and flavonoids. Its flavor is not unlike spinach, a bit nuttier and serves a muscle and the foundation of this green shake.
Spirulina: A so-called superfood, these intensely pigmented blue-green algae offers a diverse array of fatty acids including GLA, protein, calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, and B vitamins.
Alfalfa: If it is good enough for a high-performance horse, it is good enough for me. Far from just livestock fodder, earthy alfalfa’s nutritional content offers vitamins A and K, protein, iron, manganese, copper, magnesium, thiamin, folate, phosphorous, and zinc.
Red Clover: Pretty little red clover is another great addition to our tasty green shake, adding more Vitamin C, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, chromium, magnesium, and niacin to the blend.
Peppermint: HERE is where we make things tasting. Peppermint’s bright minty flavor and cooling energetics make this shake highly palatable and a lot less like drinking your daily salad. Peppermint is also a source of potassium, manganese, calcium, and magnesium, as well as vitamins A, C, E, and beta-carotene.
Orange Peel: Another major flavor enhancer, orange brings the bright citrusy sunshine to our green shake! Orange peel contains pectin which can contribute to a sense of fullness, and offers vitamin A, C and B’s, folate, and magnesium.
Ground to a powder, this herbal green shake blend is a tasty way to deliver all that “green nutrition” without breaking the bank on those over-priced prepackaged blends. These herbs, purchased in 8 oz quantities, makes one pound of this green shake blend only $17.51. A mere 8.5oz container of a nationally distributed blend is $23.99! Flavorful AND frugal!
In a small bender, I like to whirl a tablespoon or so of this blend into about 10oz of coconut water with pulp for a mid-afternoon snack substitute. It is equally delicious blended into coconut or a nut milk for a creamier concoction.
Looking for more DIY shake blends? Try this super beet shake!
Tasty DIY Super Green Shake Blend
Big nutrition and flavor abound in this tasty DIY super green shake blend.
- 4 oz dried nettle
- 3 oz dried alfalfa
- 3 oz dried red clover
- 2 oz spirulina powder
- 2 oz dried peppermint
- 2 oz orange peel powder
Combine all the ingredients into a food processor or blender and process until the mixture is well powdered. This may take a bit of time, or you can leave the mixture slightly coarser as I have done as I will be pureeing again at shake preparation. Store in an airtight container in a cool dark spot.
To prepare shake: Blend 1-2 tablespoons in 8-10 ounces of coconut water or non-dairy milk of your choice. Enjoy.