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Looking for new ways to freshen up your green routine? 

Evolution Fresh™ tapped some veggie-loving experts for some fun ways to get more greens into your diet this summer.

Evolution Fresh™ founder Jimmy Rosenberg, Starbucks nutritionist Kate Schenk, professional runner Lauren Fleshman, and Jeanine Donofrio of the blog "Love and Lemons" provide some top tips on how to stay green while beating the heat using summer favorite Evolution Fresh Sweet Greens and Lemon. 

1. Green Juice on a Stick 

Nothing beats cooling down in the summer sun with a refreshing ice-pop. Sneak some greens into your day with this simple three steps, three ingredients ice-pops made using cold-pressed Evolution Fresh Sweet Greens and Lemon, an avocado and banana. Just blend, pour, freeze and enjoy.

“This is one of my favorite summer recipes,” said Kate. “My kids love popsicles, but I like to avoid the added sugar found in most frozen treats. These homemade greensicles are a win-win. They're a delicious, fun way to get more greens in your diet, plus kids love making them.”

Kate’s Recipe

Ingredients:

1 bottle of Evolution Fresh Sweet Greens and Lemon

½ an avocado

½ a banana 

Blend the ingredients together, pour into ice-pop molds, freeze until set and enjoy. 


2. Green Snack Pairings

In the current culture of rushing from one destination or task to the next, the key to easy and health snacking is organization and planning. 

"Include a fruit or vegetable at every snack," said Kate. "A fantastic on-the-go option is a green juice and a handful of walnuts. The natural fat in walnuts helps your body absorb some of the nutrients found in fruit and vegetable juice, making it one of my favorite green juice snack pairings.” 

Whether you’re sitting at your desk or in the car, this snack pairing is easy and portable. "It helps keep you feeling replenished and fueled until your next meal,” she said.


3.  Blend a Greener Smoothie 

Evolution Fresh Founder, Jimmy Rosenberg, started squeezing and selling fresh juice on the beaches in Santa Monica, California about 30 years ago. Jimmy is passionate about high quality juice and flavor that is closest to nature. He advocates for people trying to make healthy choices and inspires those on a wellness journey.

“I love to point people towards incorporating green juice into their daily lives, and tell them to pay close attention to how it makes them feel,” he said. “Whether it’s by grabbing a green juice to get more vegetables in your diet or taking a quiet moment in the day to take a few deep breaths and love yourself – be aware of what makes you feel the best.” 

Remaining true to his roots, Jimmy starts his day with a green superfood smoothie to replenish his body for a fresh start to the day.

Jimmy’s Recipe

Ingredients:

Evolution Fresh Sweet Greens and Lemon

A Handful of Fresh Kale

1 serving of superfoods: (i.e. chia or hemp seeds)

½ cup of seasonal fresh fruit

Blend the ingredients together with ice until smooth, serve and enjoy. 


4. Get your Greens On-the-Run

For pro-runner Lauren Fleshman, travelling is the worst for getting in greens. “I don’t like eating a bunch of fiber before race day, but I don’t want to miss out on the nutrients,” she said. 

Her trick: find the nearest Starbucks store to her hotel. “I pop my debit card into my running shorts pocket, and plan my run to finish at a Starbucks store where I pick up an Evolution Fresh Sweet Greens and Lemon.”

Lauren finds this a great way to enjoy the cold-pressed juice while walking through those last few city blocks back to the hotel while taking in the sights. Made from more than a pound of green vegetables, you’ll sip up the good nutrition without the risks of “fiber runner tummy.” 


5. The Lighter & Greener Side of Pesto

Jeanine Donofrio, the voice behind the blog Love and Lemons, likes to add more green veggies to summer meals wherever she can. 

“Barbecues are one of my favorite things about the summer season, and adding greens to any occasion is easier than we might think,” said Jeanine. “I love getting creative with my recipes and sauces, like my Sweet Green Lemony Pesto, to help jazz up every dish, from chicken, to fish, to pasta.” 

When the weather is hot, we all naturally gravitate toward lighter dishes. By using a green juice in place of most of the olive oil, it makes this pesto an overall lighter version. 

Jeanine’s Recipe

Ingredients:

6 table spoons of pine nuts, toasted

1 garlic clove

2 large handfuls of basil or a combo of basil and mint

1 teaspoon of lemon zest

¼ teaspoon of Dijon mustard

¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

¼ cup of Evolution Fresh Sweet Greens and Lemon

11/2 tablespoons of olive oil

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions:

In a food processor, pulse together the pine nuts and garlic

Add the basil, lemon zest, Dijon mustard, red pepper flakes, a few generous pinches of salt, and a few grinds of pepper then pulse again until combined

With the food processor running, pour in the Evolution Fresh Sweet Greens and Lemon juice and olive oil and blend until smooth but still herb-flecked

Taste and add more olive oil, salt, pepper, and lemon zest to your liking