I think we all know that eating vegetables is good for us. All that fiber, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients. But sometimes it’s difficult to eat as many as we want in a day. How about taking V8 juice and making it better? Today I’ll show you how to make a personalized power vegetable drink.
Now I’m not a V8 juice or vegetable juice kind of girl (if you don’t know, V8 is a juice made from 8 different vegetables). I’ve never liked tomato juice. No Bloody Mary’s for me. But I am enjoying this super vegetable drink. And I think part of the idea of enjoying healthy foods is that you need to think about the good they are doing you as you eat or drink them. I know for me, thinking about me doing something good for my body, helps me enjoy something. So I urge you to put your preconceptions aside and give this a try.
And it’s all about tailoring it to something you do like so you will continue to make it and enjoy it.
The recipe makes 4 days worth of a V10-S2-F1 (i.e. 10 vegetables, 2 spices, and 1 fruit) power drink. You prep bags of veggies for each day and then just throw the contents in a blender with some V8 juice.
If you have a powerful blender, just snap or rip the large vegetables into pieces and the blades will mash it all up. If you have a lower powered blender, you may need to chop the veggies up smaller before blending.
So the ingredients are:
10 Vegetables: tomato, curly parsley, celery, carrot, beet, spring/green onion, red pepper, lettuce, watercress, and spinach (some fresh, some from the V8 juice)
2 Spices: horseradish and fresh turmeric
1 Fruit: lemon
Use organic if you can. Each drink still ends up inexpensive, yet it’s an easy way to get those veggies in.
Credit to Dr. Greger
The idea for this super veggie drink came from Dr. Michael Greger. If you haven’t already, you should check out his website nutritionfacts.org. You may recall we reviewed nutritionfacts.org last year in a blog post. He wrote the book “How not to die” and the accompanying “How not to die cookbook.” You can check out his version of the vegetable blast in his cookbook or give mine a try which is just a variation on his. The whole idea is just to try and eat more veggies. If you personalize it so you like it, you are more likely to keep making it.
Here are some examples of personalization.
- I add a whole lemon to my drink. Obviously, the lemon juice, rind/peel etc have nutritional qualities to them, and I think they brighten the taste of the drink. But personalization is often more than health and taste considerations. It also relates to convenience and lifestyle. So for me, we have several lemon trees in the garden and an abundance of lemons so I always look to find ways to use my lemons! Maybe lemons are really expensive where you live right now so you won’t use them.
- I also don’t like cold drinks so don’t add ice. Maybe you love iced drinks and making it frozen will be the encouragement you need to drink this.
- For you, you may not like spicy foods so take out the horseradish or spicy V8 and keep it more gentle.
- For someone else, they might grow kale or collard greens in their garden and want to use that in theirs instead of the parsley.
- Someone else might not do well with tomatoes so don’t use V8 but choose another vegetable juice.
Personalization is what will make it work. So take Dr. Gregor’s basic idea and make it yours, like I have. As I always encourage you with my recipes, switch things around.
Here’s the nutritional analysis per single drink:
Unlike juices alone, all the extra fresh veg packs in a great amount of fiber.
You can have this every day or make the 4 bags for a week and have it 4 days out of 7. The next week change it up a little with different veggies. Don’t forget, personalize it for your taste, health benefits, and convenience. And variety is king!