Bring back the green smoothie
I haven’t had a green smoothie in months. I don’t know why exactly but I do have a hypothesis. About three months ago, I started eating a salad every single day for lunch. It was part plan to eat more healthy lunches and part plan to save money. I don’t pack a lunch…mostly because I’m lazy. The other reason is that darn small fridge. Lunch was starting to run between $12-15 dollars a day and I was eating really terrible foods. Tasty but heart clogging. Then I discovered this little pick up and go store that made fresh salads every day for the bargain price of $5.99. Killing two birds with one stone made me very happy plus I know that repetition works for me when it comes to eating right. One of the downsides of having salad every day for lunch is that I don’t really want to see another green leafy vegetable on my dinner plate or in my smoothie.
This week, I’m going to challenge myself to go back to the good old green smoothie and get it into the rotation. Green smoothies and I have a bit of a love/hate relationship. A good green smoothie is sooo good and can compete against the best non-green smoothies. But a bad green smoothie really can’t be compared to anything good. A green smoothie gone wrong is like eating the worst thing you could ever imagine (and multiply it by 100 times). No exaggeration and it can put you off trying another for the foreseeable future.
You may not believe this but I’ve never had spinach in my smoothie. I’ve usually defaulted to arugula and kale but this is a week for trying something new.
Baby spinach, coconut milk, banana, vanilla protein powder, strawberries, raspberries and ice – > Here we go. Fingers crossed that this works!
And the verdict?
While not exactly green (looks more like chocolate milk) I am pleasantly surprised – I wasn’t expecting it to be so good. I have to say, the Vitamix makes all the difference in the world. With my old blender I could never really get the greens broken down to the point that the smoothie was…well smooth. 🙂 My Vitamix powers through and pulverizes the greens until all I’m left with is great tasting beverage that is completed blended and smooth. This baby is worth every penny!