How to Get Your Veggies – Or – Green Smoothies to the Rescue

Green Smoothie Ingredients |
Green Smoothie Ingredients

Health nut!

Are you a health nut?

And I mean NUT!

The Big Man is. When we were first getting to know each other that was one of the thoughts that kept running through my head. This guy is a health NUT! I don’t know if I can handle it.

He was living on chicken breasts, tuna, and white rice because he was building muscle. (He should be naturally really skinny because he has a high metabolism.) He can do things like that because he has insane will power.

But he could, would and still does eat any and every vegetable imaginable. Except asparagus. Just doesn’t like asparagus. But that is beside the point.

So, after my initial ~ oh my gawd do I have to really eat more than just carrots and green beans if I want to be with this guy ~ shock, I decided that I needed to get over myself and open up my mind and my palate about vegetables. They are good for me anyway, right? I should be eating more vegetables. There are so many things we should do, but if I work on this slowly and in little increments, it should be doable, right? RIGHT?!

So, I vowed to add vegetables to my repertoire. One vegetable at a time.

And, that I have done over the years. Since getting together with the Big Man, I have tried and liked avocados, brussell sprouts, eggplant, radishes (roasted only), okra, butternut squash, zucchini, beets, broccoli, cabbage, artichokes, sweet potatoes, leeks, jicima, parsnips, kale, mustard greens, collard greens, chard, etc.

Now, even though I really like lots of different vegetables, it is still hard to get in all that I need. All that my body needs.

Did you know that we should be eating at least 27 different kinds of fruits and vegetables each week? According to the nutritionist at the Cancer Care Clinic my friend Nicola of GFree Mom went to during her treatment, we need to be eating 27 different kinds of fruits and vegetables each week to keep the cancer away.

That’s a lot. So, Nicola came up with a plan. D-Tox January Smoothies. But her plan was more than just smoothies. Her plan was to get a lot of her blogger friends involved in getting others to think about smoothies for their own diets to get these 27 different fruits and vegetables in. So, she asked her friends to pick a day or two to write about a smoothie (or a detox soup, etc.) to encourage others to get aboard.

Well, I picked two days because I’m a glutton for punishment I like to help. Actually I decided to pick my husband’s birthday and my mom’s birthday, since they both fall in January, and make smoothies in honor of them.

So, since today is the Big Man’s birthday, this smoothie is for him. It is a green one. Is that a bad word when it comes to food? It seems to be all the rage when it comes to how you live your life. Well, it should be all the rage for your insides, too. (By the way, if my recipe doesn’t suit your tastes, lots of bloggers have chosen green smoothies as their smoothie recipe. It is such a good way to get your greens. And we always need more greens. Please see Shirley of gfe-gluten free easily for the list of people so far. Or, of course, go to Nicola’s blog to get them all.)

And, this recipe is special because it doesn’t taste like you are eating greens. I was going to say I have a secret ingredient, but Heidi from Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom already said that in her post, and it was the same as my secret ingredient.

Curses! Foiled again! And by my friend, even. (As she sits and pouts. Arms crossed. Big lower lip.)

But, that’s ok. I’m posting mine anyway. And my secret ingredient is… Apples.

Green Smoothie Ingredients |

Well, apples and bananas.

Seriously! If you put either apples or bananas or both in your smoothie, you will taste nothing but apples and bananas. No matter what it looks like. It’s great!

So, below is my green smoothie recipe. But, it is not a hard and fast recipe. It’s just a starting place. Feel free to add anything you want to make it your own. I mean, you could add cookies if you wanted. But I’m not sure how healthy we are getting with cookies. Although, it does sound mighty tasty… Oh, sorry. Was thinking about cookies. Green smoothie, green smoothie, green smoothie.

I’ve already had my green smoothie today, so I feel good.

The Little Man loving his "green smoovy". |
The Little Man loving his “green smoovy”.

And another thing. The Little Man loves a morning green smoothie. He runs around saying, “Green smoovy. Green smoovy. “ But, I also have the kid who will only eat eggs if I load them up with Chipotle Tabasco. So, I don’t know. He takes after his father in the vegetable department. But, several of my friends have said that it only takes a little while to get their kids hooked on them. What a great way to get those veggies in!

Green Smoothie to the Rescue
Recipe type: Drinks
Prep time: 
Total time: 
  • 1 cup Water
  • ½ cup Juice (I use TJs Triple Berry Juice)
  • 1 tbsp Flax Oil (Need some good fats.)
  • 1 tbsp Protein Powder (In honor of my pumping-iron hubby. Plus, I use at as a meal replacement.)
  • 2 - 3 leaves Kale (I like purple, but use you favorite color.)
  • 1 -2 leaves Collard Greens
  • 1 - 2 Carrots (depending on the size)
  • 1 Apple (cored and cut into pieces)
  • 1 Banana (Peeled. It tasted better that way.)
  1. Add ingredients into blender in the order given. It works better for me to add the liquid first. And I have a temperamental blender.
  2. Pour into cups/glasses and enjoy. It only makes enough for me and the Little Man, but you may not like my giant sized glass.


Green Smoothie that almost looks greeen. |
Green Smoothie that almost looks green.

Until later, here’s to…Living better, easily!

PPS – I am linking this up to Real Food Weekly at The W.H.O.L.E. Gang. More great “real food” recipes. Yummy, yummy!

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20 Responses to “How to Get Your Veggies – Or – Green Smoothies to the Rescue”

  1. I love that cup. Where did you get it. I need that to hide the smoothie color from my 17 year old who doesn’t mind being tricked, just doesn’t want to know or see it.

    • Glugle Gluten-Free

      Well, I got it in the baby/toddler section at my local grocery store. You know, the one that is about 1/4 of an isle. Does that help? Maybe Nicola’s suggestion might be a bit more dignified. 😉


  2. Wendy @ Celiacs in the House

    What a great combo, Tia. Haven’t tried collards with my kale. Nicola’s D-Tox is giving me so many new recipes and smoothie ideas. I also love all these smoothie drinking kid shots from you moms. Happy Birthday to the Big Man.

    • Glugle Gluten-Free

      Thanks, Wendy! I like to rotate my greens, actually. When I go to the grocery store each week, I grab something different. My husband is so baffled that I now eat kale almost every morning. He feels he’s lagging. He’s used to feeling superior in the veggie department. 😉


  3. Hey there sweet, funny, highly amusing, Tia! First, thanks so much for the link love! 🙂 As soon as I get home, I’ll update my post to include all the links because I think they are so valuable. Your post and recipe are terrific, of course. Love hearing your history on introducing veggies and becoming a green smoothie fan. Your little guy is adorable drinking his smoothie! (BTW, with your photo watermark, it almost looked like he wa wearing Glugle Gluten Free pajamas. Cute!) I think if you feed kids well, their bodies adapt and just keep wanting the good stuff. Of course, it goes the other way, too, but the kids who eat well can actually feel horrid when they indulge in the junk stuff. No different from us adults, of course. As far as the secret ingredient, yes, apples are a great way to naturally sweeten smoothies and hide other flavors that might be too strong on their own. Pears also rock. I started out following Ali’s recipe that called for both an apple and a pear. I often use either or both depending upon what I have on hand. Or sometimes, I use pineapple like in the pina “greena” colada. Okay, I’ve written a book now (all done while in a super vibrating 30-ft U-Haul truck … I should get an award or something).


    • Glugle Gluten-Free

      I like pears, too. I have to keep some pineapple on hand, though. That sounds so good. I think I might have to do your greena colada someday when I am feeling cheeky.

      I like the idea of Glugle pajamas. I will have to look into that and start having the Little Man be a walking billboard for me. 😉

      My MIL was adamant about feeding her boys lots of good food, and I saw how it worked out for them. So, I figured it was a good way to go with the Little Man from the beginning. And, I guess I was right. 😉


  4. nicola @ gfreemom

    Happy Birthday Big Man and belated one to the little man. ;-). Love the post, the pics, everything really.

    Diane – I bought great colored smoothie cups at Crate and Barrel yesterday. Really nice & definitely a ‘color hider’.

    N xo

    • Glugle Gluten-Free

      Thanks so much, Nicola! And thank you for getting me on this smoothie kick. I love it.


  5. Great post Tia! You’re funny. Okay, I guess I need to try roasted radishes. Tell me more! I’ve never even thought of roasting them. Your little man looks pretty darn cute. Do you chop your carrots first?

    • Glugle Gluten-Free

      Well, it’s easy to roast radishes. Just cut off the ends. Cut them in half. Rub olive oil all over them. A little bit of sea salt and black pepper. Spread them out on a cookie sheet and bake for about 20 minutes at 350. Shake them up about half way through. They are sweet. It takes out the bitterness that I can’t stand.

      And, sometimes I chop my carrots. I’m pretty lazy, though. I try to do as little work as possible. 😉


  6. ROFL! Oh my goodness, you and I are two peas in a pod my friend! I was never a veggie lover but I’ve been slowly creeping in that direction (although, I haven’t been able to taste anything in 9 months, so that may have something to do with it).

    Little man is too cute, Luke saw this picture and said, “why does he have my green smoothie?” (we have the same cups).

    Great post and thanks for the link love, glad you haven’t forgotten about me since I’ve been MIA lately…can’t wait to meet you in a couple of months…I’ll bring my new goldfish ice cube tray! 😀


    • Glugle Gluten-Free


      I think we all go MIA sometimes. It’s the only way to keep our sanity and families. Can’t be a workaholic all the time.

      I can picture yours, mine and Kim’s kids all together fighting over who gets the green smoothie first. And them having no idea how we are getting kale/chard/spinach/etc. into them. 😉

      I can’t wait to meet you, too. And your husband. And your ice cube tray. 😉


  7. Gotta love all the detox posts! Seriously, I can’t believe you got the little guy to drink kale and collards! Even Tony and I can’t stomach those greens in smoothies. He’s off to a good start!

    • Glugle Gluten-Free


      I am telling you. I have the child that everyone wishes they had as far as food goes. But, I was also really strict about making all of his food from the beginning. Even his baby food. I wanted to make sure there were no additives. And I fed him greens from the start. His father was fed that way and loves them all to this day.

      Plus, put enough apples and bananas in, and anything can taste great. 😉