Real Root Beer

Makes 1 1/2 quarts
2 tsps. sarsaparilla root
1 tsp. licorice root
1 tsps. wintergreen leaves
1 tsp. stevia leaves (for sweetness, optional)
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 cups water
1 quart carbonated water

Combine herbs with the water in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer; simmer for 10 minutes, then remove from heat. Cover the pan and let cool. Strain out herbs, combine with carbonated water in a pitcher, and serve.

Purple Pineapple Drink

Makes about 2 cups
1/4 cup soy milk
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup blueberries or any other berries in season
1 cup pineapple chunks, fresh or frozen
1 banana, peeled
2 teaspoons flaxseed oil (provides Essential Fatty Acids, which are greatly missing from the American diet)
1 tablespoon wheat germ

Using a blender, whirl the soy milk, pineapple juice, pineapple chunks, blueberries, banana, wheat germ, and oil until smooth. Pour into a glass to serve.

Chocolate Monkey!

Makes about 2 cups
1 cup of chocolate soy milk
1 banana, peeled
1/2 cup ice cubes
1 tablespoon peanut butter

Whirl away until smooth in a food processor or blender. Pour into glasses to serve.

Sneaky Peppermint!

Makes about 2 to 2 1/2 cups
1 cup soy milk
1/2 cup brewed, then cooled, peppermint tea (fairly strong)
1 cup ice cubes
Handful of fresh spinach leaves (don’t let anybody see you do this.. it will make the drink green but not interrupt the flavor, adds nutrition)
Raw sugar to taste, optional

Whirl away until in a food processor or blender until smooth. Pour into glasses to serve.