Tuesday, September 27, 2011

It ain't easy bein' green!

Breakfast for me is usually a smoothie; fruit and yogurt in one glass is quick, easy and nutritious.


I've been hearing about "super drinks" and the benefits of green smoothies for a while now. But this morning, I decided to give it a try.


I put about one cup of water in first, added one cup of spinach, half a banana, 1/2 a cup of mandarin orange pieces, 1/4 cup of plain yogurt and 1 tsp honey. I blended it well --- really, really well. And here we are:.

You know that old song: "The first sip is the hardest"? Well it's true; it was scary. But just because I'm scared doesn't mean I won't try something new. So, I went for it


and it was amazingly good! So, I drank it all. And I'll do it again; perhaps even regularly. I went online to research why green smoothies are supposed to be so good for you, and here (in the proverbial nutshell) is what I found:

  1. They are extremely healthy and easy to digest: the nutrients in these fruits and veggies become homogenized making it easy for the body to assimilate them.

  2. As opposed to juices, they are a complete food because they still have fiber.

  3. They belong to the most palatable dishes for all humans of all ages. With a ratio of fruits to veggies as 60:40 the fruit taste dominates the flavor, yet at the same time the green vegetables balance out the sweetness of the fruit, adding nice zest to it.

  4. It's an easy and tasty way to ensure you consume enouth green vegetables every day. Also, they help form the good habit of eating more greens.

  5. They're easy to make and quick to clean up after; much easier than juicing.

  6. They're supposed to reduce cravings for sugar and other processed foods that are not good for you.

  7. They help improve elimination.

  8. They can help you lose weight.

  9. They're good for your overall beauty: beautiful skin, bright eyes and shiny hair are some of the benefits of increasing your intake of green vegetables.

  10. You will experience overall improved health, increased energy and clear thinking.

Wow! I know that greens are good for me.

But the only sure thing I can attest to at this point is that this green smoothie tasted really good; and I plan on making them part of my diet.

.................. But if I end up looking like this ...

you'll all be some of the first to know!


Anybody out there have experience with green smoothies?



Garden of Egan said...

That is a pretty green color!
It sounds good. I watched something on Netflix about Superfoods and it was fascinating.

I'm pretty sure you already look like bikini clad babe!

EmptyNester said...

If I thought it would help me look like that, I'd drink it too! LOL

Nezzy said...

Oh baby, I can't get to my blender fast enough, I need a green smoothie baaaad! Heeehehehe!

Ya'll think I can look like that before my Tx trip???? :o)

God bless and enjoy your new~found fountain of youth!!!

Sweet Tea said...

We are both Genius! LOL
Great minds for sure!
Too funny. ;-)

Bonnie said...

Sandy, I love green smoothies. And, I assure you I do not look like that last picture. I have given up hoping.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

Maybe if you added some Tequila...

janjan said...

I once made a smoothie with cucumber, watermelon, green apple and........kelp powder. As soon as I added this last ingredient it went from beautiful green to horrible greeny brown sludge and tasted as bad as it looked. I held my nose and drank it down, repeating over and over in my head that it was doing me good.
I lasted a week and haven't touched a smoothie since.

Pamela Gordon said...

No, but I'd try it if I could look like your picture at the end of the post!! Ha! I don't even own a blender or whatever to make one in. I need to get with the program.

karensomethingorother said...

I'm inspired. Now I know what to do with all that freaking spinach I often have leftover and never quite know what to do with it.

Heather said...

Are you channelling Martha Stewart? I just read her blog and she was making green smoothies!!!

Just don't know if I can do green first thing in the morning - maybe as an afternoon pick-me-up.

GardenofDaisies said...

My husband used to juice with veggies and fruit quite a bit, and it tasted great. I have not tried one with spinach before. It would be fun to try. But do I eat raw spinach in salad several times a week. (Who wants to mess with iceburg lettuce in a salad when they can have spinach instead! That's how I feel.... so many vitamins in spinach and almost nothing in lettuce.)
I just wish I looked half as good as the bikini babe.