The Dr. Oz Show, 1/22/2014, has our favorite doctor talking about potential problems with some variations of his famous Green Drink. Oz has had several versions over the years and some viewers are worried that green drinks may cause Kidney Stones. While Oz defended his favorite drinks, he also acknowledges that some ingredients may cause you harm and could even lead to kidney stones. Oz now advises those that have had these stones in the past to limit a few things like Swiss Chard, Rhubarb, and Spinach. He adds that we can substitute cucumbers, green peppers, and broccoli to get the same health benefits without the risk of elevating our chances of getting kidney stones.
Green Drink Guidelines
As with anything out there, too much of something that is supposed to be healthy could actually harm you. Oz is always telling us to experiment with his recipes to find a solution that tastes good to us. He feels that if you like something, you will stick to using it more often and he knows we all have slightly different tastes. He gives a few basic guidelines for us to follow when making our own Green Drinks:
1. Watch the hidden sugar. Oz says that fruits help make the drinks taste great and says we should use low sugar fruits like lemons, cantaloupe. Adding fruits like bananas, mangoes, and grapes to your drink add a lot of sugar to them and this could be bad for you.
2. Fruit to Veggie Ratio should be 3 to 1. Anyone who has made their own version of this healthy drink knows that veggies can make them taste like you are eating liquid cardboard. Fruits are what make this drink easy to swallow and Oz says the perfect balance is a 3 to 1 ratio of veggies to fruits.
3. Keep the cost low. Price is what drives most of our budgets. Oz says you should not be blowing your budget on Green Drinks. He advises that we look for healthy veggies and fruits that are in season to lower the cost. Oz priced out his normal recipe and it was a little over $2 dollars a day.
New Super Saver Green Drink
Oz knows that a lot of us are on a tight budget so he has a new recipe that he says will only cost you about $1 dollar a day. Just mix 3/4 cup kale, 1/4 cucumber, 1/4 cup celery, 1/2 cup strawberries, and 1/2 cup of water in a blender until it is smooth. This recipe gives you all the nutrients you need and won’t break your budget.
So what ideas can you come up with for new low cost Green Drinks? Please let us know by leaving a comment below.
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