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Taking the first step to a vegan lifestyle, a St. Patrick's Day green drink.

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It's not that difficult to begin a journey into the vegan lifestyle. By incorporating a few steps each week, or even each month can make the transition easier than most people think. Begin with the first thing consumed each morning and make it vegan, then forget about being vegan for the rest of the day.

Since St. Patrick's Day brings to mind thoughts of green, why not begin by starting the day with a refreshing green drink. These healthy, nutrition-filled drinks are packed with fruit and vegetables making them the perfect vegan concoction. Don't worry, the rich, green color is not going to be noticed by the taste buds when all the other added flavors are combined into an amazing drink.

There are many recipes available, but an easy one to blend up begins with baby spinach. Load the blender with a large handful of this leafy green, and then add in one cup of diced green apple. Top it with a sliced banana, a teaspoon of cinnamon and a drizzle of honey or agave nectar. Sprinkle on tablespoon of ground flax seed over all and pour in a cup or so of almond milk. Blend on high until thoroughly mixed. Add ice if a thicker drink is preferred.

This easy first step to bringing plant-based foods to the forefront of a diet is highly addictive so it may be necessary to have more than one per day. Feel free to load up on this healthy green drink as often as desired. It’s an addiction that the body will gladly welcome! When searching recipes for green drink smoothies or juices look for ingredients that are all plant-based. Beware of dairy products that are used in some and substitute almond milk instead.

To get some ideas for green drinks, search online for recipes like this one found at AmbitiousKitchen.com. This site makes a mean green smoothie as pictured in the photo, which is completely vegan. Take this first step to becoming a vegan. It IS easy being green on St. Patty's Day and everyday!

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