The Oxbow Market is a landmark in downtown Napa. On this trip, we actually stayed in the city of Napa, and the Market happened to be right down the street from our hotel. I was really inspired by my visit. The Market promotes fresh and local eating and has a very cool vibe.
The last morning we were there, we went for a run and discovered a wonderful juice bar inside the market.
I was so excited because, as many of you know, I drink a fruit and veggie smoothie almost every morning. I was in desperate need of fruit and veggie power and this place delivered. Look at this great menu.
I ordered the Queen's Greens and it was so good. Every ingredient started as a whole food before being turned into juice. I made a mental note to try and replicate it when I returned home. (More on that in a minute.)
Here's a shot of the market. There were so many cool food vendors!
On Sunday, when we were home, Brian and I began our return to healthy living with a couple of smoothies. I decided to try to recreate the Queen's Greens and it turned out really good! I made this in my Vitamix so if you are using a regular blender, chop everything small and use more liquid if needed to blend smoothly. Also, this recipe is for 2.
The Oxbow Market inspired Green Smoothie
1/4 cup carrot juice
1/4 cup coconut water
1/4 cup chopped cucumber
1 pear, chopped
small bunch of fresh parsley
1/4 cup fresh papaya, chopped
1 large handful fresh spinach
1/4" fresh ginger root
1/4" cube fresh lemon
3-4 ice cubes
Add the ingredients in the order that works best for your blender. Add more fluid, water is fine, as needed to blend smoothly.