Liquid Leaves

A few years ago I led a Green Smoothie workshop at Village Acres, a local CSA organic farm.  What a blast sharing & demonstrating this health booster to a small crowd in the old wooden barn. Standing behind an inset counter, framed by the kitchen with my apron on, I felt like the Swedish Chef from the Muppets inside!  Furdy, furdy.  In reality, although I was nervous, I gave a clear presentation and had fun.  I had come a long way since I first tried green smoothies six years ago.  Back then it went something like this…

One.  Two.  Three.  Single leaves of green spinach dropped into the blender. That should do it.  I’d always been a salad girl, yes please!  The idea of drinking it, however, liquid leaves, repulsed me!  Ew!  So the fewer the better.  It was 2010 and I’d been working with a health coach. She said Green Smoothies were going to benefit me in this new journey I was on with reclaiming health.  After having two babies and struggling through postpartum depression it was time to let food be a medicine.  Let it lift me, replenish nutrients, reduce inflammation, rebuild good gut flora.  Adding in more raw foods, like leafy greens, at this point in our 6-months of sessions was part of the goal.

Yeah, three leaves oughta do it.  There’s the frozen blueberries, the almond milk, 1/2 banana, and 3 leaves of spinach.  Press go on the blender and whir it up with ice.  Reluctantly…sip with squinted eyes.  Pause.  Hmmmm.  Not too bad!

Six years later, here we are and I love to doll up my smoothies!  Greens? Bring it on.  Gimme a whole handful of that mix: baby greens of bok choy, spinach & kale.  Other options to add in any combination:

  1. Almond butter
  2. Spirulina
  3. Protein powder (I personally use a vanilla pea protein by Designs for Health)
  4. Raw cacao nibs or powder
  5. Other fruit or berry combos
  6. Honey
  7. Cinnamon
  8. Avocado

What possibilities have you tried with green smoothies?

Mama, I’ll tell you a secret: my kids love them.  People always ask me, “How do you get your kids to eat salads?”  If you consistently put greens in front of them, on a plate or in a glass, they will eventually try them, and then learn to love the taste and how healthy they feel.  It may take time to try something new (just like us), but when they see Mom & Dad enjoying it they just might ask for a sip.  Green smoothies are fun for kids!  Let them put some ingredients in the blender, and when you have that lid on, they can press the button for you.  Have fun and enjoy them together.

Let me know how it goes!




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