Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Homemade V-8 Shake Immunity Booster

Spinach smoothie

Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, this beautiful spinach shake recipe is quick, green, and healthy. It's kind of like a homemade V-8 shake. When you read the ingredients, you may think it sounds weird (I did), but I assure you it tastes absolutely delicious despite mixing orange juice and vegetables. The question is- "Is this a soup, shake, or a smoothie"? 

Eating raw (uncooked) fruits and vegetables during the Coronavirus crises is a positive way to increase the number of enzymes, phytochemicals, and antioxidants in your diet which is vitally important for boosting the immune system. And who doesn't want to boost the immune system during this tenuous time of the Coronavirus?

cold spinach soup
These are my new soup bowls - I love them!!

This "souper" easy recipe is made in the blender.
For those of us in Florida or other warm climates, this room temperature smoothie will be refreshing and energizing. For those in cooler climates, it won't warm you up, but I'm sure you will still enjoy it (unless you don't like spinach).

Blender for smoothies

You could also think of it as a green smoothie and drink it for breakfast or a quick energizing snack like I do. 

I originally found this "spinach soup" recipe on Anthony William's Facebook page. 

If you are not familiar with Anthony Williams, he is the "Medical Medium". He has written many books on food and health and offers many free recipes. Visit his page for recipes https://www.facebook.com/medicalmedium/posts/665406990261149

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I have to say his"spinach soup" (smoothie??) recipe is really tasty!
However, to suit my own tastes and needs,  I cut the quantity of ingredients down and made my own adaptations and additions.

1 pint of grape tomatoes or 3 plum tomatoes  I use 1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes
1 bag of baby spinach or 1 bunch of leafy spinach ( I use 1 large handful of spinach)
1 stalk of celery ( I'm guessing it is one rib of celery, not a bunch)
1 small clove of garlic ( peeled of course) 
1 orange, squeezed for the juice ( I use 2 juice oranges)
1-2 basil leaves or a few sprigs of cilantro ( I substituted fresh oregano because I grow it)
1/2 avocado ( I used 1/4 avocado or less)
My additions:  
1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger ( which I always keep in my freezer-see notes)
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 Kirby or Persian cucumber, peeled and cut in half  
2 tablespoons of fresh lime or lemon juice

1. Blend the tomatoes, celery, garlic, cucumber, and orange juice.
2. Add the spinach a handful at a time until well blended.
3. Lastly add the avocado and herbs and blend until creamy and smooth.
4. Pour into a glass and enjoy it. This is best eaten soon after preparation.

Of course all fruits and vegetables are naturally vegan and gluten-free!


1. Herbs: I grow fresh herbs in my condo- I have an oregano plant, so I use fresh oregano- you can use fresh basil or any herb you grow. 

2. Fresh Ginger Hack: I keep whole pieces of ginger in my freezer in a baggie. Whenever a recipe calls for fresh ginger, I always have some. I do not even let the ginger defrost, I just wash and use it. For grated ginger in this recipe,  I remove a piece from the freezer, wash it, and use a hand grater to grate some directly into my blender. 

3. Garlic: The recipe calls for a small piece of "raw" garlic. Garlic has amazing properties especially antibiotic properties. Therefore, I really want that garlic in my green smoothie. My husband is not able to tolerate it, so I omit the garlic when I make one for him. 

4. Orange Juice: I find the freshly squeezed OJ not only gives the drink a lovely flavor, but it is also very rich in Vitamin C which is also a terrific immune builder. 

5. Greens: Although I use spinach, I have also at times added a little kale or omitted the spinach and used kale. The important factor is that greens are very alkalizing which according to some experts is necessary for maintaining good health. An acid environment is a more conducive environment for disease to flourish. Therefore many people choose to eat alkalizing foods to help restore balance to the ph of the body.  

Alkalizing foods in this smoothie: greens, cucumber, celery, garlic, ginger, lime, basil, etc. 


Passover Ideas (April 8)- There are concerns that it is difficult to find healthy recipes on Passover because of the Passover food restrictions- We frequently turn to mixes, prepared food, lots of meat, and carbs. This green smoothie recipe is 100% permissible to consume on Passover for breakfast, as a snack or a soup starter for lunch or dinner. It is a refreshing pick me up that is light and healthy.

Other Vegan (gluten free) Passover Ideas from my regular recipes

Steamed or roasted vegetables with orange cashew dressing

Vegetable kabobs

Persian roasted eggplant soup

Vegan chopped liver (substitute eggplant for Passover)

Mexican guacamole

Moroccan Harissa Soup

Sharing on Beth Fish Read's Weekend Cooking where anyone can share a food related post.

Sharing on Souper Sunday where anyone can share a soup, sammie, or salad.

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  1. That looks super duper healthy and yum!

    1. It really tastes good too. I'm not kidding.

  2. Think this is an ideal soup recipe for spring and summer and pinned this post!

    1. Nancy,
      It is easy to make, really is delicious, and I've been having it for breakfast daily to boost immunity. I added turmeric to it..

  3. You are right, perfect for these times when we need to stay healthy. I love those bowls, by the way.

  4. Thanks for the recipe. It sounds so nutritious. Thought of Popeye when I first clicked through. :D

  5. Love the color! And yes, we all need to keep up with our nutrients.

  6. Whether you call it a soup or a smoothie (I vote for soup!) ;-) It looks healthy and delicious. Thanks for sharing it with Souper Sundays this week.

  7. I'm with Jama, Popeye would be in heaven. It sounds so good, aside from being healthy and a lovely color!

    1. Surprisingly, you don't taste the spinach and the fresh orange juice is very pleasant

  8. Soup sounds good!
    You asked me about lockdown, everything in Toronto is closed. People are asked to socially distance themselves and stay home. Restaurants and bars are closed. You can get take out. Starbucks intend to closed their cafes.

  9. I think I'd go with lemon instead of orange - pro- probably there to keep the avo green (which you didn't include) Unusual - may give it a go using frozen spinach. Cheers and stay safe

  10. Call me unadventurous but I am not a big fan of room temperature soup!

  11. This really sounds delicious. I wish I would have gotten fresh tomatoes at the market, because I am locked down at the moment, but maybe I'll just try some organic canned ones.

  12. Your soup will be delicious, looking forward to trying it! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday,476.
    Miz Helen

  13. I love the new soup bowls, too. And, they look great with the green soup!

  14. I love your new soup bowls, Judee! They are beautiful! Your spinach shake/soup is so wholesome and delicious. I love the idea of homemade V-8 juice. Thank you for sharing with the Hearth and Soul Link Party! Stay safe and well.


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