Thursday, January 5, 2012

Getting your greens

We all know that January brings with it a desire for better health and wellness. Those of you who have been to a fitness centre in the month of January have witnessed the phenomenon firsthand.

I now find myself torn between a desire to exercise and eat more healthfully and an inability to resist clearance-priced Christmas goodies, particularly chocolate. My compromise is to go to the gym three times a week, eat healthy meals and treat myself to a little snackie once in a while (okay every evening).

Keeping in mind my quest for good health, I was intrigued by a green smoothie recipe that came to me via an email from VegNews magazine. I have long enjoyed making smoothies, but I tend to load them with fruit and even sometimes maple syrup, because I like them sweet. Today, however, I find myself a convert to the “green smoothie.”

I imagined this recipe would appeal more to the adults in this household (because of the kale), but I decided to have my nine-year-old son sample it first. He immediately pronounced it a “fail,” because the kale was still in very small chunks like “pulp.” I processed it more (it takes some time in my blender) and that did the trick. He found that he actually liked it. Bonus.

While I was trying to take a photo of it, I knocked my husband’s portion of the smoothie over. (I had already consumed mine.) Not fun to clean up, and no smoothie for him today. Good thing he's not home right now.

Green Smoothie
Makes 2 servings
What You Need:
3 cups kale
1 banana
1 orange
1 pear, sliced
1 cup grapes
1 cup non-dairy milk
5 cubes ice (I added a couple more.)

What You Do:
In a blender, process ingredients until smooth.

1 comment:

  1. I tend to have a hard time convincing myself to make green smoothies, but once I do, I'm always impressed by how tasty they are. Just have to remember that and take the plunge!