I went someplace today I honestly thought I’d never go. Green smoothie-land.
I like greens. I get twitchy if I don’t have at least one big salad a day. I even, after years of loathing, came around to embrace cooked greens. But greens in my smoothies? Never!
Except I did, today, for the first time, and it was delicious!
I’d been fretting about whether I was getting enough of certain minerals in my diet, since I’m reducing calories in my current quest to become leaner. I’d been so focused on keeping my macronutrient ratios (carbs/protein/fat) in line that I didn’t think a lot about the micronutrients (aka vitamins and minerals). And the fact is, I’m eating a lot more protein and an a lot less fruit that I normally do. That makes a difference. Adding angst to the mix is the fact that I am a big believer in getting nutrients from food, and not from a pill.
So on Friday, an online acquaintance sold me on the green smoothie idea. She swore that I wouldn’t be able to taste the greens (and since she actually is from Seattle, I figured I could probably track her down if she was lying to me!). She sent me the link to a post she had written about her green smoothie experience on her own site.
So I bought a big, gorgeous bunch of curly leaf kale at Whole Foods, then got down to business for today’s pre-workout smoothie. I chopped it to smithereens in my food processor, then mixed it with a banana, frozen blueberries, nonfat yogurt, coconut water and a scoop of whey protein powder in my ancient blender. It was a really unattractive shade of grey (green kale + blueberries = gray), but it was delicious. And I could not taste the kale.
This is a revelation! In case you don’t know, kale is a superstar in the superfood world. It’s packed with antioxidants, phytochemicals and vitamins and minerals. It has protein and fiber and helps your body detoxify. It has properties that fight cancer, and a study published in the Journal of Nutrition demonstrated that some of these properties help stop the proliferation of breast cancer cells. (Source: The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth, by Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., C.N.S.)
Green smoothies will definitely be a regular feature in my household from now on. I highly recommend you try making your own, if you’ve never dared before.
Rather that describe the how-to in detail, I’ll give props to Amanda and send you to her detailed, nicely photographed post.