I’m afraid of green smoothies.

Ok, there, I said it. Even though I have been SUPER impressed (seriously) with the 7-day juice fast my blogger buddy I used to be fat(ter) just did, I think I would certainly more “readily” try a green juice over a green smoothie. At this moment in time, there is just something about the words “green” and “smoothie” that don’t seem to go together to me.

Maybe it’s because the smoothies I have been drinking are almond-milk based and look something like this:

  • 16-24 oz unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 scoop protein powder (whey-based), either chocolate or vanilla
  • 1/3 to a 1/2 cup of other fresh or frozen fruit (cherries, berries, etc.)
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds

I even purchased a single serving packet of Vibrant Health’s Green Vibrance after reading Awkward Eldon’s morning smoothie recipe. Actually, I was seriously intrigued enough to buy all these ingredients (except the Goji Berries … the package said women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant should avoid them… and hubby and I are trying for kid #2). I also did not buy the Raw Manuka Honey because I had sticker shock when I went to Whole Foods to get it. $30 for honey??? Yeah, yeah, it’s supposed to be magic or something, I get it. I will have to bug my super healthy friend Paula for a book report on the pros and cons of this wonderous nectar! (Hear that Paula???)

It’s funny, because a Facebook post from Paula actually prompted me to write this. She posted this link about green smoothies.

I guess there’s also a zillion ways to make a smoothie… I just did a Google image search on green smoothie and came up with a few OK-looking ones, like this:

I think this looks more appetizing to me because it’s got some fruit in it… but it seems there’s yogurt in this one. I don’t like yogurt in my smoothies…but those without at least a non-dairy milk look like green juice. And almond milk + spinach doesn’t sound so good to me.

Now that I look at the website where I found this recipe, called “Nutrient Packed Green Smoothie”…it appears on the website of Chef Marcus Samuelsson… it seems to be a recipe by someone named Madeleine Ignon. Regardless… I think I have some more homework to do where green smoothies are concerned. I’m sure I can come up with a few that I will at least want to TRY.

In other news… I haven’t been able to go to the gym for the last couple of weeks, either due to my job or my husband’s. We don’t like using the child care in the gym; since my daughter is in daycare all day M-F, I don’t want to leave her in the care of someone else on the weekends, too, even if it’s only for an hour. Since it’s getting warmer I’m looking for other ways to be active with her outside, so it’s not like I’ve been a total slug. And this Thursday I took off from work so I could do some spring cleaning. I am super psyched to be setting aside some major time blocks to do some things around the house. I have a list for what needs to be done in each room in the house, so I’m hoping that between Thursday and Friday (which is Good Friday) I can get 1/2 or at least a 1/3 done of what is on the list.

And because Easter is right around the corner, that means my dabble with vegetarianism is… or can be… coming to a close. I really have no desire to eat meat; I have been eating seafood over Lent, but I don’t think I’ll feel like eating any chicken or beef next week. My problem is the carbs: my dinners have either been veggies with carbs or veg/seafood protein/carbs. When I first started working out with my trainer she’d told me no carbs after 5pm… I stuck to that rule for a while and definitely had results. Since Lent started… yeah, not so much. Gotta get back on track with that too…such is my life!

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7 thoughts on “I’m afraid of green smoothies.

  1. I bought a juicer last week (small & inexpensive) and have been drinking a glass a day of fruit & veggie juice. I feel SO much better just from adding that to my diet, I don’t know how I ever lived without it.

    I’m with you about the smoothies though. I can’t imagine adding milk to my juice. I’ve been juicing one apple, one pear, one carrot, 1 cup kale, and about an ounce of ginger with a small piece of lemon (peel removed). I top it off with water, stir, and it’s actually pretty good!

    If I ever work up the guts to try a green smoothie, I’ll check back here. ;)

    • Good for you (and it’s nice to see you)! I think I need to go buy another juicer too. I can’t remember the kind I used to have, but it came with a little juice recipe book. I remember tasting fresh carrot juice for the first time and thinking “where have you been all my life??”

      Seriously though, check out I used to be fat(ter)’s posts on juicing! She’s got some really interesting combinations.

      I’ll get back to you on my green smoothie adventure… I AM afraid to make one! We’ll see if I grow some soon….

  2. Green smoothies do look pretty scary. I started making my protein shakes with Barleans Chocolate Silk Greens. They’re chocolatey tasting and looking but with the benefits of greens so I don’t get scared off by color. :)
    You’ve really powered through the vegetarian goal, way to go!! Wishing you and your family a wonderful Easter!

    • Chocolate Silk Greens?! I will have to check those out. As far as the vegetarian thing goes, thanks! It was actually a lot easier than I thought it would be. If I stay on this I need to work on cutting out dairy… yikes! Happy Easter to you as well… =)

  3. Manuka honey is from New Zealand. They give it a therapeutic rating bc it Kills staph, strep, and even antibiotic-resistant MRSA
    Is the only honey shown to kill helicobacter pylori
    Relieves discomfort from stomach ulcers and upset stomach
    Makes an excellent dressing for chronic wounds and burns
    Is the only certified organic active 15+ manuka honey
    I think cheap raw organic honey should do the trick!!!!! I’ve gone back and forth on this and just have never wanted to dole out the cash!!!

  4. Pingback: “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead”: a movie review and why I bought a juicer | Clean. Green. Eat. Repeat.

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