If you are a vegetarian or totally into healthy eating you may have heard of drinking a green smoothie. To someone (like me) who is not a vegetarian and does not eat particularly healthy; this may be a totally new concept.
Last week, I decided that I was going to start eating a healthy diet. Not because I need to loose weight but because I want to be a good example for my girls. I pulled out my old “boot camp” (an intensive 12 week exercise & nutrition program)* diet from 2 1/2 years ago and started buying things that were on the list. I had forgotten how expensive it is to buy healthy food! Anyway, I did not follow the diet exactly but was using it as a guideline for portions and daily intake of certain foods. Since I don’t eat six meals a day (as the boot camp diet plan suggests); I made smoothies to help get my fruit and vegetables down in a shorter amount of time.
Later in the week, a friend was drinking a tall glass of bright green juice when I arrived at her house for a play-date. A few of us moms were curious as to what exactly she was drinking 🙂 To our surprise she said that she had put fresh spinach in her smoothie! In my mind, that was going too far to achieve making a healthy smoothie. My friend insisted that you can’t taste the spinach if you also put a banana in it. I was still not convinced but when I walked through the grocery store today I decided to pick up a bag of spinach.
There are many recipes on the internet for smoothies using greens. Based on what I had available in my kitchen; I used the following:
1 Cup Fruit Juice, 1/4 Cup Plain Yogurt, 1 Cup Fresh Strawberries, 1 Banana, Approximately 2 Cups Fresh Spinach, & 5 Ice Cubes.
Generally, I keep some or all of my fruit frozen so that I don’t have to use ice cubes. Since this was a spur of the moment experiment; I did not have time to freeze the fruit this time.
I put all ingredients, except for the ice cubes, in the blender and blended until smooth. Then, I added, crushed, and blended the ice cubes to get the cold smoothie effect.
I love it!
I really could not taste the spinach. In fact; I think it is one of my better smoothie concoctions. Although my 3 year old daughter would not taste it; my 1 year old daughter liked it enough to have a cup of her own. I had my husband close his eyes (before seeing the color) and taste it. He said that he liked it but then looked shocked after I showed him the color and told him there was spinach in it.
I plan to continue being more conscious of what I eat. I don’t think I can stick to a strict diet with nothing bad in it because I love food too much. I am watching my portions though. I think the key is moderation of the not so good stuff and an increase of the healthy stuff. Ask me in a few weeks or months if I’m sticking with it. I hope I am!
*[In case anyone was wondering; I did the 12 week-daily boot camp program several months after having my first daughter. I reached my goal of getting back to my pre-pregnancy weight. Except for the occasional walk; I have not exercised since (even since having my second daughter). I think the boot camp scared me for life. I hate exercising!]
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I was so glad to read this! I’ve made shakes for decades and started adding veggies because I hate them and can’t stand them cooked.
I tried broccoli but it does make it taste bad! Spinach doesn’t, and carrots don’t hurt the taste either.
I throw all sorts of things in the blender and have smoothies for breakfast and other times of day. Glad I’m not alone!
Carrots are the only veggies that I have used in my smoothies until yesterday. I need my smoothies to be sweet. If you have any good recipes; I would love to hear them 🙂
Ha! I’m a bad person to ask for recipes. I’m just trying to cram as much nutrition into the shakes as I can. Taste is secondary. I use milk, whey protein powder, spinach, carrots, bananas and whatever else is lying around.
My wife, however, actually follows the recipes in the book and they taste good. She did one with OJ, bananas, strawberries and a little ice that was great.
I just made another one using spinach, carrots, strawberries, bananas, fruit juice, and a little bit of cottage cheese. I like it even better and I got the veggies, fruit, dairy & protein all in one! I don’t really know anything about powders so I have not tried them.