Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Homemade V-8 Shake Immunity Booster

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 amount 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?

My new soup bowls - I love them!!

This "souper" easy recipe is made in the blender.
For those of us in Florida and other warm climates, this room temperature soup 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).

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

For anyone on WW- I think this is a powerful soup with zero points?? if you omit the avocado. Does anyone know if you blend zero point vegetables, is it still zero points???? If you include the avocado, it still minimal depending on your program color choice. 

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 recipe is 100% permissible to eat 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 Passover Ideas

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

I found the featured 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.  check out his page for recipes https://www.facebook.com/medicalmedium/posts/665406990261149

Check out His books: (Affiliate Links)

Cleanse to Heal

Thyroid Healing 

Life Changing Foods: Healing Power of Fruits and Vegetables

Liver Rescue

I have to say his spinach soup recipe is really tasty!
However, the 2nd time I made it I cut the quantity down. This recipe made too much for one person.

1 pint of grape tomatoes or 3 plum tomatoes  I used 1 cup grape tomatoes
1 bag of baby spinach or 1 bunch of leafy spinach ( I used 1 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
1-2 basil leaves or a few sprigs of cilantro ( I substituted fresh oregano)
1/2 avocado ( I used 1/4)
My optional additions: grated ginger and turmeric 

1. Blend the tomatoes, celery, garlic 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 glassl and enjoy. This is best eaten soon after preparation.

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

I made mine without the avocado because I didn't have a ripe one. In addition,
 I didn't have basil, so I clipped some of the oregano that I'm growing in a pot and added the oregano,

2. I'm adding this to my Healthy for Passover recipe list... 

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.


  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!

  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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