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St. Patty's Day is upon us and we have some killer green drinks that will knock your Irish socks off! Throw out the bottle of Baileys, chug your Irish Car Bomb while our backs are turned , and feast your eyes on some of the best green drinks in town. We have compiled a list of our favorite green drinks, including Billy Polson's Green Smoothie to give you festive options that will keep your liver dancing an Irish jig all day long.

1. Billy Polson's Green Smoothie

Billy calls this a green smoothie because it is packed full of deeply nutritious greens, which are usually hard to get into a quick breakfast diet.  Depending on what ingredients you choose to put in,  smoothie color can range from green to bright purple.
For the base of the smoothie, he recommends the following ingredients:
(NOTE: The list below makes a full blender, and he usually drinks 1/3 to 1/2 of this blender each morning. Share the rest or save the rest for another time)
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The Basics:
  • 2 cups water (add more water if starts to get too thick)
  • 1 peeled banana
  • 1 handful of organic carrots
  • 5 handfuls of any organic baby greens (spinach, arugula, swiss chard, kale, etc)
Recommended Additions to Swap in and Out based on Seasonal Organic Availability:
  • a whole organic kiwi (skin and all)
  • 1/2 cup of cubed, raw organic red beets  (Prep: I skin the raw beets and chop them, storing them in tupperware in freezer. Then add a handful)
  • a couple stems of mint
  • a half organic orange, lemon, lime (Yep, rind and all. The rind gives it a HUGE citrus kick.)
  • 1/2 cup raw organic coconut
  • half cup of peeled avocado
  • raw ginger
  • dry chia seeds
  • 1 stalk of organic celery
  • cinnamon powder
Then, lastly he always tops it off with something to cool it down a bit:
  • .5-1 cup frozen organic berries to taste
  • Add ice if want cooler temp

2. Juice Shop

Now, for when you need that great energy boost while you're out walking the city, then Juice Shop has locations all throughout San Francisco that provide a plethora of nutritious juice options. The juice even comes in eco-friendly keepsake glass bottles that can be reused for future use, making this drink green from the inside out. Here are a few of their green juice options:
Bright Green
Kale, Ginger, Cucumber,Pineapple, Apple, Lemon
Deep Green
Celery, Cucumber, Kale, Spinach, Romaine, Parsley, Lemon
Alpha Green
Celery, Cucumber, Sunflower Sprouts, Lemon
Liver Green
Celery, Cucumber, Dandelion Greens, Burdock Root, Lemon
A+ Deep Green
Apple, Kale, Romaine, Parsley, Spinach Cucumber, Celery, Lemon
Wow! That's like 50 Shades of Grey, only GREEN!  Now go out and try some of these delicious and nutritious concoctions!
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Green juices and smoothies are an easy way to get your daily value of fruits and vegetables. Always be mindful as to what ingredients are inside of your drinks because many juices are very high in sugar and calories. Serving size is key when drinking any juice and/or smoothie no matter how healthy it is for you! At DIAKADI, we promote INTELLIGENT nutrition and recommend a well rounded diet to promote a healthy lifestyle.
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