When I started my new blog I had grand ideas of how I would blog everyday. Then I thought about it and decided to be more reasonable; I have children after all! So I thought 4-6 days a week. Then I said, “Okay, get real. I know that I can handle about 3-5 days a week depending on my work load.”
The first week went really well! I had five posts and a notebook of ideas and themes for future posts. And then….life happens. I come down with the flu. It has been a full nine days since my last post. I spent those nine days in bed, unable to even walk let alone eat, and whimpering to my husband who had just recovered from three weeks of the same affliction.
So now I am back, humbled, and ready to write. I think I will devote a few posts to health and nutrition since it has been on my mind so much these days. The first thing I did when I was able to get out of bed was head for a good green drink. I have two favorite green drinks: nopal cactus and alfalfa. Today I will talk about the later.
Now before you start making moo sounds at your computer screen understand that humans can digest alfalfa too. It has great benefits. It is a good source of vitamins A, C, E, and K4. It is also a good source of minerals calcium, potassium, phosphorous, and iron. It is said to help with upset stomach, kidney and bladder problems, diabetes, high cholesterol, and other issues.
I tend to blend or juice it, add water and lime, sometimes ice too, then enjoy. It really helps me get back on track especially after eight days without eating anything. My favorite recipe is as follows:
Put the following ingredients into your blender:
2 6-8 inch clippings of alfalfa (from my organic garden)
2 cups of filtered water
Blend on high for 1.5 minutes.
Strain pulp from the liquid.
I strain into one cup and then pour the whole mixture into a mason jar. Check out the amazing green color!
Make sure to remove all the foam and clippings.
Add juice of 1 lime, stir and drink. Ice can be added if desired.
The only thing I would mention here is that it does smell like grass when blended. The taste is acquired and my recipe is actually a little watered down compared to most I have had. The first time I had the beverage it was made much stronger and had sugar added. I was not able to drink it. After much experimentation with ratios, this seem to be the best blend. I do not use sugar.
Also, as it is an herb, consult a dietician or physician before using especially if you have hay fever.
My suggestions here are just that….suggestions. I am not giving any type of medical or dietary advice.
Hope you enjoy! I surely do!