Monday, October 11, 2010

Drink to Your Health!

All Day Energy Greens and Go Ruby Go from IVL Products are two of my favorite ways to sneak in those much needed 5 servings of fruits & vegetables each day. Photo: Go Ruby Go drink prepared in a tall glass and our estate's organic tomatoes.


Yes, yes. We all know how important it is to get those 3-5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day. We also know how easy it is to fall short when the lettuce we "just brought" is now wilted and summer fruits are no longer in season. I pride myself on fresh juices made in my Vita-Mix but some days, I have to get out early and don't have time for the "morning grind". Another benefit is that fruits and vegetables help to alkalize the blood. High acidity in the body is linked to inflammation such as arthritis, gout, retention of fat and other health problems.

This is where I've found All Day Energy Greens and Go Ruby Go drink mixes to be in a class all their own. I have used different green energy powders in the past but have to admit, I didn't notice much of an "energy surge". Many energy drink mixes are made with fillers or high amounts of fruit pectin which may add fiber but are not high on the nutritional list.

All Day Energy Greens' first ingredient is alfalfa leaf powder. Alfalfa is a powerhouse of nutrition and is the most cultivated legume in the world. Alfalfa has been used as a medicinal herb for over 1,500 yrs, especially by the Chinese who used young alfalfa leaves to treat digestive and kidney disorders. Alfalfa is high in B vitamins and minerals such as calcium. Since it is from a plant source, the calcium found in alfalfa is easily and completely absorbed. Still this is only one of the ingredients in All Day Energy Greens. It also contains soy lecithin which is excellent for emulsifying fats, organic barley grass and other organic seeds, fruits, vegetables and herbs. It even contains a full array of digestive enzymes to help utilize this product to the full. I noticed a definite lessening in stiffness after working out and more energy with my first container. The taste? Really delicious!!! One scoop exceeds the equivalent of 5 servings of vegetables and fruits so while it is not a replacement for them, it can be a very helpful insurance policy.

Go Ruby Go is such a treat! I use it to help make less palatable drinks such as my Organic Kelp and blue green algae powders taste good. The first fruit/vegetable on the list of Go Ruby Go is tomato. Rich in lycopene and antioxidants, it is one of the many vegetables we grow in abundance in our gardens. The second ingredient is red raspberry which is another highly nutritious fruit that Native Americans used by women to help balance hormones and regulate menstrual cycles.
What you will like about Go Ruby Go is that it doesn't taste like tomatoes, (no V-8 taste), but is light and fruity. It blends so easily in water, coconut milk or green tea and makes a great smoothie with fresh blueberries. Just like the All Day Energy Greens, it gives extra confidence that you are getting everything you need and more with the addition of antioxidant berries, fruits & probiotics. I think you will be truly pleased and pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to get your 5 a Day with these drink mixes. Your energy will definitely improve as will your digestion and regularity. That's what eating fruits and vegetables will do!
IVL Products- All Day Energy Greens & Go Ruby Go

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