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.
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.
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!
- 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.)
- Add ingredients into blender in the order given. It works better for me to add the liquid first. And I have a temperamental blender.
- 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.
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!