Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Ewww... It's Green

I know there are many of you out there that automatically turn up your nose at green stuff. I know I did. I mean, I didn't even try guacamole until my husband bribed me (with dessert) to try it. Of course, I loved it. And if you give this a try, I know you'll love it too.

What am I talking about? Green smoothies, that's what.

Adrian and I have embarked on a bit of a challenge. We are eating "Green Smoothies" everyday. For the uninitiated, green smoothies are a lot like regular smoothies only with some 'green' thrown in. The green consists of green leafy vegetables. I can see the noses wrinkling right now, but hang on and let me explain.

Vegetables, especially green leafy ones, are significantly lacking in most American's diet. I know we've always been more of a meat and potatoes family. I also admit this is more due to my tastes than Adrian's. I do know however that I need to be a model of healthy eating for my son. And, as a model, I probably shouldn't be gagging as I force feed myself vegetables. Enter green smoothies. They are delicious.

The first smoothie blend we tried consisted of a large handful (Adrian's) of spinach, an eighth of a fresh pineapple, and one banana. We added ice to get a more traditional smoothie feel. Now, if you were to see the smoothie without knowing what it contained, you'd definitely pass. It looked like day old guacamole. But, I can honestly tell you, we couldn't even taste the spinach. It just tasted yummy.

Now, we haven't altered our regular diet at all. We haven't begun a raw diet or even a vegetarian one, we're just trying to add in one green smoothie a day. I kind of feel like I'm experimenting on future snack creations for Linus.

In case you wanted to try it too, I searched the internet for a few recipes.. Here's some I found to try:

2 large mangos
1 bunch parsley

6 peaches
2 handfuls of spinach leaves

1-cup strawberries
2 bananas
1/2 bunch romaine

4 apples
1/2 lemon juice
4-5 leaves of kale

4 very ripe kiwis
1 ripe banana
3 stalks of celery

4 ripe pears
4-5 leaves of kale
1/2 bunch of mint

Finger banana-spinach
10 finger-bananas
2 handfuls of spinach leaves

Bosc pear-raspberry-kale
3 bosc pears
1 handful of raspberries
4-5 leaves of kale


Coco said...

those sound interesting and some yummie. I might have to try them

Kristen's Raw said...

Great recipes!
I'm crazy for green smoothies...I love parsley, bananas, berries, kale...all of it. Yum! And, I feel so amazing when I drink them :)


Chelsea + Jonathan said...

I vote for the strawberry-banana-romaine. I like all of those ingredients. Hooray for green smoothies! Are you going to be a sneaky mom who hides veggies in everything you cook? I've thought about trying that out with Jonathan... ;)

loving green said...

Have you checked out Sara's food blog @ http://happyfoody.com/, she is hosting a 30 day drink green challenge! I am glad to hear you are enjoying this. Our smoothies haven't gone green yet, but I def. am going to try some of the recipes you have posted!!!

corrie said...

I'm intrigued! We have been trying to get more fruits and veggies in our diet; this looks like a good way to add both! Plus, I've been pondering kale and what to do with it. I saw a recipe for a kale casserole, but adding it to a smoothie may be a good start. Thanks for the recipes!