Friday, March 15, 2013

Naturally Green Drinks for St. Patrick's Day

Planning to make your little lassies something green to sip on this St. Patrick's Day? Skip the artificial food dyes, which have been linked to hyperactivity in children as well as long-term health problems such as cancer, and opt for a drink that provides color AND nutrition.

Years ago before I questioned my food, I made green lemonade for my oldest daughter by adding a drop of green food coloring. She remembers this and always asks for green lemonade on St. Paddy's Day. Now-a-days instead of serving up a chemical concoction we enjoy something green and natural.

A handful of green veggies will provide all the color you need to celebrate in style. I use whatever I have handy in my garden (like kale, collards, and parsley) and juice them up. A shot sized amount is all that is needed and, once mixed with your favorite homemade or store bought lemonade (or other drink of choice), you can't even taste it. Fresh wheatgrass works, too. If you do not have access to either of these, a teaspoon of wheatgrass powder   will do the trick.

Hope you enjoy something green (and healthy) this St. Patrick's Day. By the way, it works with beer, too. ;)

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