Wednesday, October 13, 2010

AT is on a health kick! Recipes: Green Smoothies

When Mr. AT is out of town, I loathe cooking. Somehow cooking for only myself just doesn't hold any allure. So what usually ends up happening is that I avoid making a decision about what I'm going to eat, until eventually I am starving and desperate.

So now that he's left for a whopping 10 days to galavant around Italy (whoa is me!), I've decide that when I don't have other plans, I'm going to try to eat raw. Not that I have any real reason why raw food seems like the right option. I just happened to read about green smoothies, and the idea of a meat and alcohol free week seemed like an appropriate detox from my gluttonous ways. More important, smoothies seemed like something I could handle without much effort.

So upon my return to the ATL from LA, I stocked up on smoothie ingredients and am now 2 full days in. Green smoothies are, true to their name, chock full of green leafy veggies. Never fear, though, they are roughly 2/3 fruit, so surprisingly enough, they don't taste bad at all.

Thus far I've concocted 2 recipes that were actually quite tasty.

Smoothie 1
1 cup blueberries
1 banana
tablespoon of flaxseed oil
handful of Kale
water or ice to taste

I know it sounds disgusting, but I swear it's not. I started with just a little kale and kept tasting. I ended up adding a large handful's worth and couldn't taste it at all. This green smoothie actually ends up being purple. One warning, I had this once upon making it, and it was great. The next day I brought some to work and drank it later. After sitting a while, it was both oddly thicker and chunkier, and turned a much less appealing brownish purple. Yes, it looked like poo, and yes, I still drank it. I don't think that particular variety keeps very well!

Smoothie 2
1 Avocado
1 banana
large handful of spinach
squeeze of lemon or lime juice
tablespoon of flaxseed oil
water or ice to taste

This smoothie turned out bright green and was incredibly creamy and mild flavored. Again, not a  hint of spinach flavor.

My breakfast remains my fave goat milk yogurt, fruit and flaxseed oil, and for my other meal of the day, I've been having raw salads packed full with flavorful veggies like corn, hearts of palm, jalapenos and garbanzos. As an avowed big eater and carnivore, I'm shocked to admit that I haven't been hungry at all. I mentally crave all sorts of goodies right now, but if I'm honest, I'm not actually hungry. Plus, kale is something I would virtually never eat, so this is a pretty good way to get some of the benefits without even trying.

I'm not sure how long this smoothie kick will actually last, but I'm glad to know that I can actually make a green smoothie that tastes good. I love a good sneaky way to get more healthy veggies in my diet!

I still wish I could be in Italy right now stuffing my face silly with pasta and wine, but if I'm going to be stuck home, I can at least indulge a health kick that Mr. AT would never go for!



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