Wednesday, February 13, 2008
A New Way to Go Green!
Thanks to Crystal I have begun to drink green smoothies. I never thought that I would do something like this, but let me tell you something: THEY ARE GREAT!!
I thought it would be bitter, make me shudder, and be a total waste of time and money. Instead, it was sweet, refreshing, energizing, fast, and a great investment of health for our family. I called it "The Incredible Hulk" drink to my three sons and that was the incentive they needed to try it. They finished the smoothies off FAST and that's all my four year old wanted to have for lunch today (and he is my notoriously "picky" eater).
A few posts ago I told you that I had been looking for recipes for how to use all the veggies and grains that I buy and then don't know what to do with. Green smoothies are the perfect answer for how to eat more greens in a pleasing palatable way. Cuz it's gotta taste good, right?
Google "green smoothies" and you will find many great websites about the nutritional benefits, the renewed energy people experience, physical healing testimonials, and interesting recipes. It's really fascinating. The common denominator of all my research seemed to be to make your green smoothies with a 60/40 ratio of fruits to greens and some water (as much or as little as you like for desired consistency).
I like doing what Crystal does by using a banana for your base. It gives it the sweetness that "hides" the greens, creaminess for a great texture, and kids love it. From there, add any other fruits. Apples, pears, strawberries, blueberries, oranges, mangoes, etc. Then if you are just beginning (like me!) add 1/2 cup greens. I am starting off with spinach because it is mild, but I have some lacinato kale in the frig to try this afternoon. Then add water. Up the greens to 1-2 cups as you get accustomed to it.
My "recipe" so far has been:
1 banana (very ripe)
1 large Granny Smith apple (peeled, cored, cubed)
3/4 cup spinach
3/4 cup water
It was delicious. I couldn't believe it. I am definitely going to make these daily for a snack or breakfast and for my children. There are all kinds of neat recipes and ideas to find, but I say keep it simple. Banana, other fruits, some spinach or kale and water...then blend away.
Try it out and see what you think I'd love to hear if you like them or not. And if you are interested in a Green Smoothie Challenge, then check out Sara's drink-a-green-smoothie-a-day-for-a-month challenge that starts February 25th.
Go green in a new way!
photo by Westcoast Weezie