It’s a familiar look that I see whenever I drink what may admittedly resemble radioactive waste, or pond scum, or swamp slush sometimes. It’s a look that sometimes combines horror or pity, often wary respect and always curiosity. This look is also usually accompanied by a ‘what is that?!’. This has been a familiar occurrence for the past 3 months since I first started my green smoothie journey.
I should clarify that being part of the green smoothie movement was never something that I ever thought I’d join as this was the supposed territory of hardcore health freaks with strange, impractical rituals. I considered myself to be reasonably healthy given that I exercised daily, didn’t eat junk food, didn’t smoke and didn’t really drink either. Yup, I thought I was reasonably healthy with the exception of my almost non-existent intake of vegetables. My definition of being healthy clearly focused on all the bad things that I could have indulged in but didn’t… which is like saying that I’m a good person because I haven’t killed anyone.
The force that eventually pulled me back from the dark side was my vanity. In the ongoing quest to lose weight and maintain clear, glowing skin I was clearly going to have to come up with a way to drastically increase my vegetable intake. The main reason for my shameful lack of vegetable intake was laziness. Ironically, this is also the main reason why green smoothies work so well for me – just throw some washed greens into a blender with some fruit and liquid and bang!
Looking for that quick and simple way to eat more vegetables, I started to wonder about the viability of green smoothies and asked Angie more about it as well as doing my own research online. I’ve always been a fan of fruit smoothies because they’re easy to make, yummy and filling so the concept of adding greens that wouldn’t even be detected taste-wise was the perfect solution. I found that it didn’t take much time and effort either as I would prepare my green smoothie in the morning after preparing my every-day breakfast smoothie and take them to work with me in a couple of glass jars. It also didn’t require any fancy or expensive equipment – even my $80 Breville blender was more than good enough! Yes, one day I too will to own a Vitamix but in the meantime…
Despite the many online sites and sources sharing their winning recipes and wisdom (check out Food Matters and Incredible Smoothies), the first month was still a process of trial and error. Somehow I persevered through some of my more horrific flavour combinations and was eventually rewarded by a noticeable improvement in my hair, skin and overall digestion. I’ve also reaped other awesome benefits like saving money by not having to buy lunch (think about it – vegetables are cheap!).
Now that I’ve started, there’s no going back and while I still don’t see myself as a hardcore health freak, I think I’m now entitled to a bit of that glowing smugness that I always secretly envied in them.
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