Have I got a story for you about the Hubs and me. I don’t like to think that we cave easily to peer pressure, but apparently that is the case.
We have these friends who are way into healthy lifestyle—clean eating and extreme exercise. I call anything with the words running, jogging and cycling in it, extreme. They’re so into these things, they don’t even think about taking a short hiatus when we visit. Oh, no. We’re talking green smoothies all around, every morning. No question, no excuse.
Let me just say right here that my husband has never met a vegetable he enjoys. He’s just not into them. Never has been. But he’s kinder than he is finicky, and so in the interest of friendship, he (OK, me too) would put on a happy face and down the green whenever we visited our friends Carol and Steve. And Harold would kind of shudder in a way that only I was aware—the way kids do when they have to eat something they think is really gross. This always made me laugh but I tried really hard not to show it.
I cannot fully explain this, but after several of these occasions, something went off inside of both of us suggesting that perhaps, just maybe we might think about doing this ourselves. At home.
One thing led to another—and by that I mean we started with bananas, apples and one teeny tiny leaf of baby spinach—until without quite knowing what hit us, we were actually making smoothies every morning that turned out the color of wet concrete.
We decided to gradually increase the spinach to just shy of the amount that would be required to actually taste it. And we added cucumber to see if we could get the color a bit more greenish.
Long story short, it’s been more than a year. Once again I bow to the power of habit. Mostly-green smoothies each morning have become a real, bonafide habit. It is our new way of life.
It’s so easy too, since I came up with a way to do all the work ahead of time, assembly line style—once every two weeks.
I start by opening these bread bags (I got a box of 1,000 to demonstrate my level of commitment) and fashion them into “bowls” on the counter. Into each bag goes a chopped up banana, a handful of baby spinach leaves, four baby carrots, four fat slices of cucumber and one half chopped apple. That’s it.
I twist the bags, tie them loosely and into the freezer they go. Done.
Each morning we take out one bag, whack it on the counter a couple of times, dump the contents into our Blendtec, along with about 3/4 cup water (juice, kefir or whatever’s handy) and hit the “smoothie” button. In less than 3 minutes, voila! Smoothies for two.
Don’t tell a soul, but with each batch I’m increasing the amount of spinach. I’m trying to get our green up to a color that is actually pretty—the way green smoothies are supposed to be.