There are lots of diet ideas out there, but this one seems to be working well for me. I wanted something to help me maintain a good weight while cutting hunger and cravings. Tall order, I know. I am still on month 2 with my own Crazy Green Diet Drink; but with a reasonable diet and truthfully not much exercise, it is working well. Plus the fresh aloe is full of antioxidants, vitamins, and too many health benefits to mention here.
- For 1 quart of Crazy Green, brew 2 green tea and 1 peppermint tea bags in 2 cups boiling water. Allow to steep until cool. Pour into a 1 quart container.
2. Pick a mature aloe leaf for a meaty 5 inch section. The larger, mature leaves have the highest concentration of antioxidants. Use a sharp potato/vegetable peeler to slice off the top peel to expose the aloe gel. Use a knife to scrape out the pale green gel.
Place at least 2 tablespoons of gel in a small bowl. Use an egg beater to crush and break up the gel until it is the consistency of heavy egg white. Add 1 cup cold water and whip well. Add to quart container. You may also place the aloe gel and cold water in a blender and blend until mixed. The aloe juice will be the consistency of lightly-whipped egg white. Aloe juice has no discernible flavor.
3. Add a tablespoon of lemon juice and 1 tsp. honey to container. Fill with cold water to the top and shake well to blend. Keep refrigerated. Crazy Green is fresh for 3 days. After that time, the antioxidants and vitamins in the aloe will have lost most of their potency.
This green tea with aloe and a touch of peppermint and lemon is a tasty way to cut cravings and help metabolism. I consume a quart about every 1 1/2 days, sometimes less. Too much aloe can act as a laxative so pace yourself. Aloe acts as a detox drink as well.
Of course, it is helpful to have a very large aloe plant in your basement. If you do not have access to a plant, the juice can be purchased at health food stores but it is considered fresh only for 3-4 days.