Green Smoothie

So I sat down tonight to write a post for the blog, thinking only a few days had passed since the last post. Two weeks have gone by!! How in the world did that happen? Truthfully, I’ve been so darn busy conferencing and tutoring my high school English students before school, during lunch, and after school for the past two weeks that life has zoomed by in a blur and I’ve come home exhausted, collapsing on the couch for the evening with little energy. We are now into semester finals, though, so for the moment the tutoring has halted and I can breathe and think again…but barely ;  )

I got to thinking, then, about the blog and what I should post next. Well, after scarfing tons of unhealthy but oh-so-delicious goodies during the holidays, my body has been crying for a turnaround. Hence, the kale and brussels sprout salad has graced my dining table several times (I’m in love with that salad) along with roasted veggies and green smoothies.

Now, I’ve been hesitant to share that I drink green smoothies for fear you will think I’m a freak. You see, a green smoothie is simply blended up fruit and greens, such as spinach or chard or kale. Yes, it’s odd. I thought so, too, when I first heard of it. But I was also intrigued, for it seemed like an easy way to get more good stuff into my system.

As I said, I was intrigued. I read about it online, found some recipes, watched some youtube videos. Then I tried it.

And I liked it!

Soon enough, my body began to crave the greens. For the first year of my smoothie journey, I drank one almost daily. I’ve slipped a bit the past few months but I still have one a couple times a week. And I still love ‘em.

If you have a blender, give it a whirl and see what you think. My favorite combo is a sweet banana to balance the tartness of an orange, strawberries for tang, and spinach for its mildness. Honestly, with enough fruit, it covers the taste of the greens. Eventually, my body began to crave more greens and a bit less fruit. I also love the earthy taste of kale in these. Be forewarned, though, that kale and chard and even spinach that isn’t a day or two old or using purple berries will make the smoothie a funky dark green color that isn’t all that pleasant to look at. Still tastes good, though!

After two months of actually drinking one each day, I knew I would keep up with the habit and invested in a Blendtec blender. Boy does that make a difference in chopping up all the fruit and greens! Love that kitchen appliance. Pricey but I use it several times a week, so it has been worth it. Anyway, my first green smoothie experience took place about 1 1/2 years ago, and I’m still at it.

Go ahead, be brave and just try it! You might be surprised.

By the way, a couple days ago I found a container in the freezer filled with walnut pillow cookies. Oh no!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was really doing well with healthier eating, too, I swear!!!!!

Green Smoothie

INGREDIENTS

  • 1-2 cups water
  • 1 banana (frozen or not)
  • 1 orange
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 2 cups spinach leaves
  • optional: yogurt, nuts, ice, honey

DIRECTIONS

Place all ingredients in blender and mix until smooth. Drink immediately. You can also store in fridge and drink later.

Check out the following sources for more info and more recipes:

Victoria Boutenko’s website and her book Green Smoothie Revolution and an informative video by her daughter about how to make a creamy green smoothie

A Full Measure of Happiness food blog (she calls them Green Monsters and has several posts of smoothie recipes)

Brown-Eyed Baker

Annie’s Eats

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