Sunday, March 15, 2009

green smoothies


So it isn't the most appetizing looking drink in the world, but it is delicious and soooooo good for you! I have long proclaimed my hatred of vegetables, but know that I need them in my body. But this is an ingenious way to get raw veggies and fruits into your body! And it is SO filling and delightful!

You want to use a variety of greens and fruits, sixty percent fruits to forty percent veggies. And leafy greens work great! Broccoli and cucumbers add great flavors, and parsley and mint is just really refreshing! But the best part of green smoothies is you are getting all these greens and getting them raw and can't taste them! The fruits take away the bitterness of the greens. I've used spinach, collards, turnip greens, broccoli, lettuce, cabbage, endive, chard, and kale. And I've discovered that there is nothing in the world that could make me want to eat kale. I don't like it. If I can't drink a kale green smoothie, nothing on earth is going to get kale in my body.

But you can also add some great extras into your smoothies to boost the nutrition. Coconut oil is a great one to add, raw milk kefir or yogurt, raw honey, anything that is healthy and sounds good to you!

I'm not going to post a recipe for green smoothies as I've not been using any, just kinda raiding the fridge and frozen berries to throw in there. But you can google green smoothies and find tons of information about them and lots of great recipes! Have fun!



Michelle Stille said...

I tried to like green smoothies a while back but I just don't like little pieces of leaves in my smoothie. Gabe likes them though, which reminds me that I SHOULD be a good mommy and make them just for him. You don't like kale, huh? I love it, except while pregnant. Collards are gross, though.

Erin said...

HEHE I hate Kale. I would rather die a slow death than eat Kale LOL. But I will eat collards.

I know that Vitamix will completely get rid of all the leaves, but we don't have a vitamix. I've never had a problem with little bits of leaves except if I don't use any liquid in the smoothie. If you use milk (almond milk is yummy here) and blend on the highest setting for about a minute you shouldn't have any leaf pieces left (unless you use Kale which never EVER works) Maybe you could try that and see if that works?

Oh and I am starting alfalfa tomorrow. Hoping it helps with the iron. I don't want to take iron supplements again. I'm stepping up the eggs and spinach and liver again, hoping to give myself a boost.

Paula and Skip said...

Its looks very green :-)but great nevertheless. I love green smoothies

JJR said...

How about a juicer? We have a champion juicer and had been drinking fresh carrot juice daily. I think other veggies and even fruit can be juiced in there too without the leaf bits.

I want to put in a plug for kale! You just have to taste it cooked in soups! There are plenty of veggies I love to eat that I can't stand to drink! Even carrots taste better as a side dish or a soup filler than as a juice!