22 March 2012
So... sometime in late January my Little One decided she was going to lose some weight. I started making us both lunch to take for our day, and encouraged/supported her as best I could.
Part of her routine was go get up early in the morning and go walking. Like 5:00 am early. I really blundered into this out of motherly concern... my daughter walking in the neighborhood at 5 am, with the dog, who is NO protection, sorta made me feel that I needed to go with her. You know, that whole protective mommy thing. Besides, we all know what an insomniac I am, so it seemed a good idea, I started walking with her.
She was walking about two miles, so I was walking about two miles. Then, she got sick, and just sorta hasn't picked back up on it... me... I added another two miles at night. Luckily, all these steps are being logged in the competition between the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville that is sponsored by the American Heart Association... I always like it when we beat UofL... it's just one of those things... and I'm happy to contribute to it.
Anyway, all of this healthy eating and walking has led to a weight loss. Yeah me! It's also lead me to be much more aware of what, and how, I have been eating. I've been a vegetarian for 20 years now, but I haven't always picked the healthiest choices. Now I am faithfully eating three meals a day, lots of whole grains and healthy veggies. I'm not leaving aside all treats, that just makes life dull, but, I am now being wiser about what I pick as my treat.
Where is all this going? It's going green. Green smoothie green. I've been reading lots and lots of articles and blogs about how yummy and wonderful green smoothies are. Let's be real... how good can something be that is made up hugely of green leafy veggies? And I even love green leafy veggies. But, ugh.
I'm game though. I mean I have everything I need to make one in the fridge, so, why not? What's the worst that can happen? I can toss it down the drain, right? Or, maybe add a good measure of vodka... that would obviously make it work...
Apparently, you can pretty much make smoothies from just about anything. Usually, the proportions are 40% green leafy veggie, such as spinach or kale, and 60% fruits. You can use yogurt...or not. You can add spices... or not. There just don't seem to be too many hard and set rules. Just my sort of thing!
You can see up there in the photo what I used. I wanted something very "fresh", so I went with semi citrusie sort of things. Spinach, a couple of hands full, fresh pineapple (I included the core in the pieces I used), a handful of grapes, a kiwi, a stalk of celery (have no idea why I chose to add that), a few ice cubes, and some orange juice to help it all blend. Tucked it all into the blender and hit a button.
Really green, isn't it? REALLY green.
How did it taste?
You know, surprisingly not like spinach. Even with no vodka added. That one half stalk of celery... that you could taste. I'd leave it out next time.
Overall, it was better than I expected, and, while I was not overwhelmed with how wonderful it was... you won't hear me gushing about how I'm going to convert to having them every day... but, I probably will play around with them, especially through the summer. I did see a recipe that had spinach, tomatoes and fresh basil that seemed like it would be quite tasty... as a cold soup if not a smoothie...