I’m not talking about his certainty that we would someday find the rainbow connection (although I have my doubts on that as well) – I’m talking about classic Sesame Street number, “It’s Not Easy Being Green” (I am totally dating myself with my Sesame Street references here – anyone who was a toddler in the age of Elmo is reading this and wondering what I’m talking about.) (To be fair, there is a good chance that *anyone* of *any* age that is reading this is wondering what I’m talking about).
With my most favorite Christmas present ever (that would be the Vitamix blender), I am find it very easy indeed to be green. To be more specific (and possibly start making sense), I’m really loving the spinach smoothies I can make with my new blender.
The first time someone told me about putting spinach in a smoothie, I looked at them like they’d just suggested I throw Kermit himself in the blender. It sounded revolting to me and no matter how many times I heard people talk about them, I just couldn’t wrap my head around it.
To be fair, I must admit that I struggle with getting enough green veggies even under optimal conditions. I wish I was one of those people that naturally gravitate towards fresh salads (they *do* exist – I’ve met them), but I’m not. So the idea of pulverizing said green veggies and mixing them with a perfectly lovely fruit smoothie was slightly blasphemous to me.
But after using my Vitamix to make everything else under the sun (oh the soupy goodness!) and after reading Johanna’s “Sneaking In The Veggies” post (https://livewellwomen.wordpress.com/2011/01/04/sneaking-in-the-veggies/) from earlier in the month, I decided to give it a try.
I fooled around with some recipes and my calculator and came up with a 200 calorie smoothie that I could fit into my meal plan (spinach, half a banana, blueberries, light soy milk and ice if you are curious) and decided to give it a whirl (please excuse the blender pun!).
The first time I tried it, I grew weary as soon as I threw the ingredients in the blender. It did not look very appetizing to me.
Things did not get any better after blending. This just did not look like something I wanted to consume.
However, I fought my impulses and toasted to my health. And it was quite simply a delight! Despite looking kind of like the cartoon spinach Popeye used to squirt out of can, it tasted like the banana Laffy Taffy candy I loved last week when I was a kid.
I’ve fallen into a routine of having one every day (being a creature of habit, I haven’t tried any new recipes – but I will soon). I go to the gym after work and then I have to trek out to Roslindale, so by the time I get home I am famished and likely to eat the first semi-edible thing I can get my mouth on. This sometimes results in my snacking on string cheese or something similar (which I, ahem, sometimes forget to log) while I get my actual dinner ready. Now I’ve been coming home and whipping up a smoothie as soon as I walk through the door. I then sip it while I’m getting everything else ready. And as a bonus, if I forget to throw a salad together to go with dinner, I’ve still consumed some fruits and veggies with dinner.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to enjoy my smoothie…