Green Smoothies

Since I do all of the cooking in our house, I realized a while ago that I play a large role in my family’s health.  Oscar is not picky at all, and he will eat basically anything I put on the table even if it’s burnt to a crisp.  But now we have a child, and soon enough she will be eating food too, and she may not be quite so accepting.  So I want to do this right from the beginning, so that I don’t create any bad habits.  And that, of course, starts with what I put in my own mouth.

Unfortunately I happen to be a huge fan of everything unhealthy…  meats with lots of marbled fat running through them, savory dishes with lots of carbohydrates (lasagna, creamy noodles with ham…), not to mention every kind of ungodly dessert known to man.  But I am not one to just give up everything I love and turn into an all out health nut.  I really believe in “All things in moderation”.  So a little reduction on the unhealthy foods while increasing the healthy foods will suffice for me.  After all, I don’t want to scare my husband off!

That’s why, when I ran across something called a “green smoothie”, the idea really caught on with me.  The green smoothie was invented by Victoria Boutenko, who was looking for a good way to get her family to eat more leafy greens.  The basic idea is to blend leafy greens like spinach, kale, etc together with fruits in your blender.  You can really do any combination you want, but adding some lemon or ginger helps it to taste a bit more “zingy”.    It’s also a GREAT place for all those leaves from the tops of carrots and radishes!  (just make sure they are organic, since you don’t want lots of yucky pesticides getting into your system.)

So here is my very first green smoothie!

Green Smoothie



2 Responses to “Green Smoothies”

  1. 1 melaniecarbine July 29, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Ahahaha! I drank this once on a date. He called it green lemonade and he loved it. If you like it, that’s good for you. I’m okay just eating green leafy vegetables (or kale chips).

    • 2 christiana83 July 30, 2012 at 10:56 am

      That’s hilarious that anyone would think this would make a good date… lol. I did like it, but I also love eating greens just plain. It turned out Oscar was not a fan, so I don’t think we’ll be having many of these in the future. The main problem is it’s a lot of work (always having to clean the blender…) The idea is that you are able to eat “other” types of greens which you normally wouldn#t or couldn’t because they take forever to chew (like the tops of carrots or wild plants) but the problem is it’s difficult to find them without pesticides, and even the organic stuff, well you just never know.

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