The Morning Cocktail: The Dirty Virgin

My commitment to Base Hits to Better Health℠ is trying at times. I struggled early-on with certain aspects of pledges I’d made to myself. A huge hurdle was strategizing how to meet the USDA suggestion of consuming 5-9 portions of fruits and vegetable each day.

What’s a portion?
• A portion of fruit is either a medium size fruit or a ½ cup of fruit.
• A portion of vegetables is either a ½ cup of cooked vegetables or 1 cup raw vegetables.
• Bonus points for choosing colors representing the spectrum of the rainbow.
I was having a tough time getting past the five portion mark and then I stumbled on a delicious and addictive solution. One portion of V-8 juice constitutes two portions of fruits/vegetables. AND, the colorful ingredients are red (tomato, beets) green (spinach, celery, lettuce, watercress, parsley) and orange (carrots)
Voilá! Almost…

Ingredients for a Dirty Virgin

I wasn’t crazy about the taste. So I doctored it up.

Enter the Dirty Virgin: It’s my spin on the Virgin Mary with olive juice a la dirty martini for some pop.
Check it out, and adapt to your tastes.

  • 1 oz. fresh squeezed lemon or lime juice
  • Tabasco sauce, to taste
  • Szechwan pepper (or any other pepper), to taste
  • 1 tsp. olive juice
  • 8 oz. low sodium V-8

Mix all ingredients, garnish with olives, or celery, or pickles, or cucumbers, or poached shrimp.

And on the weekend, add a shot of gin for a down and dirty bloody!

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