I need to take a short detour from my roadtrip recap to talk about green smoothies :)
I’ve been a sunscreen wearer, green tea drinker, and beauty sleep devotee for most of my adult years. But, I’m late 30’s-ish now and believing that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, I’m stepping up my anti-aging game.
By “stepping up,” I mean that I recently coerced one of my American colleagues into lugging a couple of anti-aging LED lights and a small arsenal of acids and peptides on a transcontinental flight for me.
Then there are the aspirin masks, the homemade vitamin c serum, the monthly Fire & Ice facials, the daily facial exercises, and the nightly dermaroller torture of pricking my skin with 192 needles in an effort to increase collagen production and the penetration of my “actives.”
That’s all well and good, but I’m convinced that beauty comes from within on a number of levels, and so, I’ve adopted a daily habit of making a green smoothie with spinach.
There are many variations of green smoothies, but this is my version. I’m sure it will evolve over time, but at the moment, this one is delicious and ok from a calorie standpoint (vs. those that use yogurt, soy milk, honey, etc.), it uses easy to find ingredients, and it’s not breaking the bank.
I cut the fruit into small pieces and freeze it on a cookie sheet ahead of time.
This makes a full blender jar, so I usually drink half right away and stash the other half in the fridge for later.
At first I was put off by the ick factor of blending spinach with fruits, but it was love at first sip!
Drinking a green smoothie is like drinking life itself! I have more energy, I feel more balanced, and I swear I’m developing a glow I’ve never had before.
This is powerful!
Is that a whole meal for you? Does it really keep you full? I would have thought all that fruit would have been high in calories. Good to know it’s not. I might have to try it.
How quickly did you notice or feel the difference?
Softie: It’s not really a meal, more like a snack. I’ve been drinking half post-morning workout along with a protein shake, then the other half in the late morning or afternoon when I’m having an energy slump and feeling the need to snack. One smoothie is about 400 calories, give or take.
Helen: I haven’t been doing this for very long, but I felt the energy boost right away.
Wow that’s pretty fast! If all I need to do is buy a bag of spinach leaves to add to my frozen fruit & yoghurt – I’m in!
Thanks for the heads up.
BTW: I’ve tried this one as well and it was mighty tasty w/the choc milk.
Thanks for the info. I think I need to go buy some spinach. :)
I have been mixing 1 cup frozen strawberries, 1 cup spinach and water to mix it. It’s been yummy! definitely be trying your recipe.
I just started it a week ago and have felt more energy right away.
How is it going with the smoothies?
This week, I’ve been using a banana, a pear, an apple, and a handful of strawberries along with the spinach.
My skin has never looked better :)