DrinkGreen, LLC to Open Tomorrow on Livernois

OPENING DAY!

Detroit Food and Ag Network

DrinkGreen, LLC is coming to Livernois, the historic “Avenue of Fashion.” DrinkGreen offers tasty, healthy smoothies; made with fruits and vegetables, as well as pre-packaged smoothies and other healthy snacks. They are opening inside of Good Cakes and Bakes, an organic and vegan bakery at 19363 Livernois, Detroit, Michigan 48221 on February 8, 2014.

Before having a physical space, DrinkGreen existed as online business and will continue to host their products online at drinkgreen4life.com. They have an ongoing fundraiser to help with the transition and are welcoming any donations to www.gofundme.com/drinkgreen4life.

Connect with them on Twitter and Facebook.

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DrinkGreen4Life Serving Our Community!

DrinkGreen4Life encouraging & serving our community! Thank you to Third New Hope Baptist Church for all your support! Drinking Green is a community thing!

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Happy Earth Day!!!

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Honor the Earth and YOUR BODY!  Have a green smoothie EVERYDAY!

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Eating from the Earth is the BEST WAY to eat!

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#DrinkGreen4Life……. your body deserves it!

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Spring into DrinkGreen4Life’s 7 Day Detox Challenge for Beginners! DAY ONE!

Welcome to Day One!

We’re so excited to begin this lifestyle change with you all! We hope you are prepared for this challenge! It will be as easy as YOU tell yourself it is. We know that for many this is the first time doing any kind of challenge like this…. take your time. It IS a process and having the support of a community (common unity) will make this week much easier. 🙂

We have put together tips, recipes, and suggestions for you in an effort to help make this week easy and ENJOYABLE! We GREATLY encourage you to share YOUR tips, recipes and suggestions with us and post your pictures! After this week you will be encourage to keep going on your Lifestyle Change Journey! This is just the BEGINNING!

*Remember to use the hashtag #DGSpringClean with all your challenge posts!*

 

Let’s get started. Below you will find:

How to make a green smoothie

DrinkGreen Smoothie Recipe: Cucumber Peach

Fruit and Vegetable Calculator

Day one tips

Day one meal suggestions

Day one exercise suggestions

Link to BlackGirlsWorkoutToo

Link to MyFitnessPal.com

Daily Encouragment

Reminders

 

  • How to make a Green Smoothie

Green smoothies are an ideal fat burning food as they are nutrient-rich, loaded with fiber and low in fat. However, there is an art to making a weight loss smoothie. These seven tips will help you create the perfect weight loss smoothie.

Tip #1: Avoid using dairy products in your smoothies. This includes otherwise “healthy foods” like yogurt and milk. You can get enough calcium from other fruit and vegetables that you don’t need to add milk or yogurt. These foods contain excess fat, hormones and other additives that may sabotage our efforts to lose weight. Use 2-3 cups of dandelion greens or kale along with oranges, kiwi, figs and a tablespoon of chia seeds to make a smoothie that has more calcium than a glass of milk.

Tip #2: Limit the amount of fat you add to your smoothie. This includes healthy fats like coconuts and avocados. Too much fat and fruit in the same smoothie might cause gas and bloating. It may also interfere with your body’s ability to utilize the carbohydrates in the fruit and could cause weight gain. I always recommend limiting the fat in your smoothie to no more than a tablespoon of chia or flax seeds, or at most 1/8 avocado. When it comes to green smoothies, low fat (and high carbohydrates) is key for weight loss.

Tip #3: Try to use very little to no sweeteners. Refined and concentrated, processed sugar will hinder your ability to lose weight. Ripe bananas or other sweet, ripe fruit will sweeten your smoothies without presenting a problem for weight loss. Agave syrup, table sugar, honey and other concentrated sugars will turn a healthy, weight loss smoothie into a sugar bomb. If you absolutely must add a sweetener to your smoothie, try dates. However, wean yourself off of them as soon as you can since dates are a dried food with concentrated sugars.

Tip #4: Avoid using store-bought fruit juices or plant milks. These processed drinks are full of added sugars and preservatives. If you want fruit juice in your smoothie, squeeze your own juice from fresh citrus or make your own almond milk. It’s very easy to make rice, almond, hemp or even coconut milk with your blender and a strainer or nut milk bag.

Tip #5: Avoid canned or packaged foods. Fresh fruits, vegetables and dark leafy greens are packed full of fiber, naturally water rich, and full of micronutrients that boost your metabolism. If you are looking to save money, buy frozen fruits or buy fresh in bulk and freeze them yourself. Avoid canned fruit as it is often soaked in syrup and nutritionally inferior to fresh fruit.

Tip #6: Minimize the amount of powders in your smoothies. It’s okay to add a quality hemp or rice protein powder which can help you lose weight, but you do not need to add lots of powered greens and superfoods. The problem with all those powders is that the water has been removed from them and they are no longer a whole food. Focus on using whole foods for weight loss and avoid gimmicky supplements and expensive pharmaceutical-grade superfood supplements.

Tip #7: Don’t rely only on green smoothies for weight loss. Green smoothies can certainly help you lose weight, but a long-term change in diet and lifestyle will give you the health results you are after for life. Instead of thinking of a “green smoothie diet“, consider green smoothies as a part of a healthy, plant-based diet that helps you lose weight and maintain your ideal size and shape.

Weight Loss Smoothie Foods

All fruits and vegetables are going to be great for weight loss, but there are a few that stand out in the crowd. Foods that are low in calories and high in fiber are going to kickstart weight loss. Some of the best ingredients to add to your weight loss smoothies are grapefruit, pumpkin (pumpkin that is cooked and cooled will have more pumpkin flavor than raw pumpkin), kale, apples (with skin), blueberries, pomegranates, chia seeds, raspberries, pears (with skin), strawberries, bananas, oranges, broccoli, celery, cucumber, carrots and all leafy greens.

Weight Loss Smoothie Ratio

A good ratio of fruits to greens that I recommend for weight loss is this: 2 cups of fruit to 3 to 4 cups of greens and 1 cup of water. Add additional veggies if desired.

Source: http://www.incrediblesmoothies.com/weight-loss/how-to-make-a-weight-loss-green-smoothie/

 

  • Daily green smoothie recipe: Cucumber Peach

2 Servings, 83.9 calories per serving  *calorie count credit to MyFitnessPal*

*1/2 cup spinach, 1/2 cup of cucumber (peeled), 14g of peaches, 1/3 banana, 1/3 cup of strawberries, 1-2 cups of green tea, 1 tbsp of honey or agave*

Vitamin A 45.2%, Vitamin C 82.5%, Calcium 3.4%, Iron 5.6%,Total Fat 0.2g, Sodium 19.3mg, Potassium 345.3mg, Total carbs 20.3g, Dietary fiber 2.5g, Sugars 16.3g, Protein 1.0g

*remember the more honey/agave/nuts etc. you add will add to the calories of your green smoothie.
Also the amount of liquid (water or green tea) you use will determine the thickness of your smoothie*

 

  • Fruit and Vegetable Calculator

*Because it is always good to know just how much fruit and vegetables your body needs a day, we have provided a link to the CDC where you can calculate your fruit and vegetable recommendations based on your calorie needs for your age, sex, and activity level. Remember this amount when making your Green Smoothies. Making Green Smoothies DAILY will help guarantee that you meet your specific recommended calculated amount of fruit and vegetables

Click on the link below for the Fruit and Vegetable Calculator

http://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/everyone/fruitsvegetables/howmany.html

 

  • Tips

Water:

For those who have issues with drinking at least 8 glasses of 8oz of water a day, try to drink no less than 6 glasses of 8oz of water a day. If you want to add flavor to your water to help you drink more try adding a slice of lemon, lime or cucumber. You can add fruit to your water but remember some fruit has sugar in it…so use sparingly.

After Hours Eating:

NO eating after 9pm!  “This was a major set back for me as I used to eat all day and all night snacks included and woke up with at least an extra 2-3 lbs.” Renee Lane .  If you have cravings after 9pm just know you can eat fruit!  (but watch it again, as some fruits contain sugar)

Example: My meal for today:

9am      Tropical Green Smoothie   WATER

11am    Cup of green with lemon and honey and a piece of fruit  WATER

2 pm     salad or vegetable  WATER

5  pm    1 cup of brown rice and side of broccoli  WATER

7  pm    salad or vegetable  WATER

NO EATING AFTER 9PM!

 

  • Dinner Suggestion

Vegetable Curry Pasta

Curry Vegetables (without the pasta)

whole wheat pasta (although we know it is suggested that pastas be avoided during the detox, whole wheat and vegetable pastas are great alternatives but please do what works best for you.)

  • curry
  • onions
  • spinach
  • broccoli
  • tomatoes
  • garlic
  • green peppers

*We don’t add measurements because we believe meals are made with love according to family size and to taste. We look forward to hearing what wonderful recipes you used during this challenge…Don’t forget to take pictures for us. and REMEMBER! NO meat, NO dairy (i.e milk cheese), NO bread, NOTHING white (i.e sugar, iodized salt)* 

  

  • Link to BlackGirlsWorkoutToo

If you have the BlackGirlsWorkOutToo DvD we recommend you follow their exercise plan. However if you have yet to purchase your DVD the picture below demonstrates a few exercise suggestions from the DVD that you can follow for today.

 

  • Link to MyFitnessPal.com

We STRONGLY encourage you use MyFitnessPal.com to calculate your specific daily calorie intake and track your exercise and meals for the week.

 

Be encouraged that you are not alone but an IMPORTANT part of OUR Common Unity (Community). We are not encouraging diets or focusing on losing weight….. We are DETERMINED to CHANGE our lives. This is very important to sustaining a healthier life and the time is now. Use this 7 days to begin telling yourself something different! To start making different and better food choices….slowly… as we all know changing your life is a process. This is a NO GUILT PROCESS… take you time…BUT DO IT. Know that you are IN the ongoing process and BE PROUD that you have reached THIS point. One day at a time.

 

The Ladies of DrinkGreen4Life

~Ife & Renee~

#DGSpringClean

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring into DrinkGreen4Life’s 7 Day Detox Challenge for Beginner’s!

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Good Evening DrinkGreen Challengers!

 

Our DrinkGreen4Life 7 Detox Challenge for Beginner’s starts tomorrow! We hope you all are ready! Map out a meal plan (if you are using BlackGirlsWorkoutToo’s meal plan that is fine) for the day and try to follow the plan as close as possible for the next 7 days. You may want take a front and side pic of yourself.  At the end of the challenge you can take another front and side pic to compare it to the first pic you took at the beginning of the challenge.  This is for you to be able see your progress, not just what the scale may say….but the new you in the mirror!

We will be suggesting daily tips, recipes and meal choices to make this process a little easier for you. The first three days will be rough!!!  Especially for us meat lovers, we will survive!!  Just know that after this challenge you will have the willpower to continue the meal plan along with adding up to 4 oz of meat to your meals.

To assist you with this challenge you can set an alarm on your mobile phones as a reminder to eat 5 small meals a day. Don’t have to eat a full course meal 5 times a day but something light.  If you choose make sure your heaviest meal is ate during lunch or mid afternoon, do NOT eat a full heavy meal before bed, you won’t have time to burn it off!  Also, no eating after 9pm, if you do choose to eat after 9pm make sure it is a fruit or vegetable and LOTS of water.

Don’t forget! We want to hear from you! Share your Lifestyle Change Journey with us! Tell us how you are feeling, what you are eating and share any tips you may have for us! When posting about your journey use the hashtag #DGSpringClean

Just remember to stay focused during this Lifestyle Change Journey!  We are all in this together one step at time, one day at a time!!!

 

The Ladies of DrinkGreen4Life,

~Ife & Renee~

 

 

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DrinkGreen Smoothies for Children!

DrinkGreen Smoothies for Children! BIG thank you to Third New Hope Baptist Church in Detroit, MI for supporting DrinkGreen4Life but MOST importantly for serving Green Smoothies to the children! Start them off right!

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Join the Ladies of DrinkGreen4Life on MyFitnessPal!

Please join us on MyFitnessPal! A community of support will work wonders! Join us!

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Satisfied DrinkGreen Customer!

Satisified DrinkGreen customer! Even the babies love it! Order your prepackaged Green Smoothie kit today!
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Need to brighten your day? Have a Bright Green Smoothie!

Pineapples, Bananas, Mangoes! Bright Green Smoothie! DELICIOUS!

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