A New Kind of Cocktail

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A New Kind of CocktailSometimes you have to shake life up and do something crazy and unexpected.  That’s what I did last Friday when I hopped on a plane, landed in Calgary and walked in the front door of my parent’s home completely unannounced. So cool!  The looks on their faces, the joy, the bewilderment, the questioning expressions that seemed to be asking, “What the **** are you doing here?!?”  Fantastic!

I can’t tell you how good that little surprise made my parents feel.  I imagine words such as loved, cherished, surprised and thankful might roll off their tongues as they replay the evening down the track.  Here’s a secret: I had great fun planning this little surprise, and I loved giving this surprise every bit as much as they loved receiving it.

Family, nuclear or extended, is precious to me.  SometimesI feel that words don’t adequately convey my love, appreciation and gratitude for having my family in my life. This is especially true as I communicate with my aging parents primarily over the telephone and across time zones. They’re usually just waking up as I’m preparing to go to bed.  This is certainly not ideal for great communication energy.

With this surprise, the energy was palpable.  I could see their eyes and feel the exchange of love through our hugs and catch up stories.

The next morning, it was time to continue the shake-up of their lives. This time, however, I would do it using food.  I find that people tend to get stuck in food ruts: spaghetti on Mondays, salmon on Tuesdays, etc..  My parents are no different.  Maybe you’ve experienced this as well?  While it’s nice to know what’s for dinner, a new meal or drink can be a simple and inexpensive way to shake off the daily routine and add some discovery and adventure to life.

That said, I’d like to share a fantastic recipe (who doesn’t love a cocktail?!) that you can use to shake things up!

Blending vs. Juicing

You’re probably familiar with the message, “eat greens for health,” but you might be scratching your head wonderinghow to do this.  Blending your greens is a simple option…one I shared with my mom and dad during my visit.  When you blend, you get the benefit of all of thenutrients and all of the fiber.  When you juice you get all of the nutrients without all of the fiber. For my parents, I used the blender method because mom was a bit backed up and needed to move her bowels.  The greens and fruits provided an easy-to-make energizing drink with loads of nutrients and fiber.  Here’s how to do it:

Spinach Breakfast Cocktail

  • 1 bunch spinach
  • 1 gala apple
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup grapes
  • 2.5 cups water (or add water to taste)
  • Add ice as desired

Toss the ingredients in, and use the pulse setting to slowly mix the ingredients together.  Then, turn to high, and blenduntil smooth.

Pour it into a cup or glass of your choice….and enjoy!

Delicious Popeye CocktailIf you’re a little apprehensive about this green juice, rest assured….it’s delicious!  My parents a took a pensive sip, then another….then drank it all down.  Thankfully, I’d made a lot because they both asked for more.

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