Before you start groaning, it’s not the regular, trendy type of going green I’m talking about. Of course, all the cool kids are doing this, though. I’m talking about Green Smoothies!
What is a green smoothie? It is a freshly blended drink crammed full of raw greens and usually featuring fruit as well. The basic premise is that we need many more fresh greens than we normally consume and this is a super-easy and tasty way to incorporate them into our diet. The drinks are a beautiful GREEN colour.
Green Smoothies have intrigued me for a while, now, so when the book I had on order at our library, Green Smoothie Revolution by Victoria Boutenko, came in I was very excited. As I flipped through this short, easy to read book, I settled on a planned approach to testing out some of the recipes. I picked 5 recipes that I wanted to try and listed the ingredients I would need to prepare them. Then, I simply added them to my weekly shopping list and we were all set!
Boutenko suggests starting out slowly. Sometimes gung-ho newbies will try to dive right in with supergreen smoothies (ones that often feature large quantities of strong-tasting greens) only to be turned off. She advocates using the ‘beginner’ recipes first to get yourself accustomed to the taste of green smoothies. Using plenty of tasty fruit, even sweetening with dates if necessary, is important so that you look forward to your morning smoothie. (She says you will quickly find yourself craving more greens in your drinks.) I have tried sometimes in the past to toss a little spinach or kale or romaine into our morning smoothies. Sometimes, the result was good and sometimes not. I was looking forward to using actual recipes and we were not disappointed. The recipes we tried to were delicious and the greens, rather than tasting out-of-place, blended right in and seemed to ‘fit’ in the smoothie.
I took the approach Boutenko suggested with my children. The drink was there if they wanted it, but no one had to have any. I found that my four youngest (8 and under) all asked for smoothies each day. Baby Guy, at two years old, had multiple helpings, which made me very happy as he has not been a huge veggie fan up until this point. I don’t know if it was co-incidence, but yesterday, he had THREE helpings of salad at dinner when he has not wanted any in the past before.
I’m looking forward to making lots more of these smoothies in the future. I may even invest in the book…or perhaps just drive my librarians crazy by taking it out over and over.