Those words are "green" and "smoothie". There, I said it. :)
While some people probably think I have already taken healthy eating way too far, there are many things that I am not willing to do or try, no matter the purported health benefits. "Green smoothies" used to fall into this category for me. I mean, it even sounds weird.
Then we all got sick last month. The only thing worse than being sick, is being sick and having six sick children to care for. I knew I needed to get better ASAP, and have enough energy to do what needed to be done. Leafy greens with their abundance of B vitamins always make me feel great and full of energy, but I really do not much enjoy eating them, especially raw. So, I figured these smoothies were at least worth a try. I had been reading about them repeatedly on another blog.
Well, I'm here to tell you that not only did I live to tell the story, but they actually taste GOOD. They really do. Even my husband likes them, as do several of the kids. To be honest, it tastes just like a fruit smoothie, and not "green" at all.
Since then, I have been making a green smoothie most mornings, and splitting it with whoever was interested in having some.
I usually combine in the blender, in this order:
1 apple, cored
1 orange, peeled
1 banana, peeled (fresh or frozen)
1/2 cup blueberries, blackberries, or strawberries (fresh or frozen)
1 to 1 1/2 cups ice
1 to 1 1/2 cups water
2-3 cups spinach leaves
This makes enough to fill about three tall glasses. It is a very quick and tasty way to get several servings of fruits and leafy greens. Personally, I do not like eating breakfast, and really do not have time to sit down and enjoy one. As a result, I often do not have food until about 11 am - but I have enjoyed sipping on these smoothies during my busy mornings.
If you have never tried a "green smoothie" (I still cringe at the name), give them a try. You may be pleasantly surprised.