As I officially enter middle age, I’ve been thinking a lot about healthy eating, specifically the nutritional benefits of consuming raw foods. I’ve finally made the transition from thinking to action and, as a starter, am drinking green smoothies.
Green smoothies incorporate leafy green vegetables such as spinach and kale with fruit. Blending the vegetables rather than cooking them helps retain their nutritional value.
After researching many sites and manuals for green smoothie recipes, I decided to strike out and create one of my own with the fruit and vegetables I had on hand. I blended together 1/2 cup of water, 1 navel orange, 1 cup of white grapes, 1/4 of a banana, 1 cup of fresh spinach and 1/4 cup of ice cubes.
I’ve always had a natural aversion to creamy green foods. I’ve never had split pea soup. I was in my thirties before I ever tried guacamole. So, after pouring my masterpiece in my glass, there was a brief hesitation. However, knowing I was embarking on a journey that was going to make me healthier, I took a sip.
And loved it. There wasn’t a strong spinach taste. It was smooth and fruity and delicious. I plan to variate the fruit and greens to develop different flavors. In addition to the green smoothies, I also concocted a fruit smoothie made with a navel orange, green grapes and frozen peaches. Delicious.
If you’ve been considering green smoothies, go ahead and take the plunge. Don’t let the look fool you. Green smoothies are quick, easy and tasty. They are also healthy. Make one today!