Fruits and Greens and Rainbow Things Smooth As Can Be
Posted by terrepruitt on October 6, 2012
Ok, I really am not going to turn this blog into a Green Smoothie blog, but . . . I have been making them almost every day and I really would like to share so we will see where it goes. And, as I have told you in the past, food posts are VERY popular. So my third ever green smoothie was Pear, Cucumber, Baby Bok Choy, and Rainbow Chard. It was pretty good. I don’t usually eat pears. There is a salad that I make in which I include pears, but beyond that, I don’t eat them. Cucumber I have almost every night in my salad. If you have read my blog for a bit you know I am in LOVE with baby bok choy. And this is my introduction to chard. I think that cucumber is a great equalizer. It really helps mellow out flavors. The pear worked well to sweeten the smoothie. I am thinking that chard is not that bitter because this was not a bitter smoothie. It was nice. It was smooth. This one goes on my list of likes. But right now I am just experimenting and putting whatever I have in the smoothies. I am not doing it to lose weight, or detox, or cleanse, or any other reason but to get more fruits and vegetables in my diet. So for now anything goes. And let me say, that everything does not really go!
Third Green Smoothie
1 C water
2 inches of large cucumber
1 SMALL bunch of baby bok choy
2 leaves rainbow chard
With my fourth smoothie I was using watermelon and I thought I had read that if you use a really watery fruit such as watermelon you can skip the water. Since I was using such a large amount of watermelon I didn’t use any water. Worked out fine. It was not a pretty green so I used a dark blue glass, which made it even less pretty. But it was tasty. I really like watermelon in the smoothie.
Fourth Green Smoothie
1 1/2 C Watermelon
1 small bunch baby bok choy
2 leaves rainbow chard
My fifth smoothie I wanted to make very green so I used a HUGE amount of kale. Four kale leaves equates to a lot of kale. This was the most bitter of the smoothies that I had at this point. That was a lot of kale. You may notice in the recipe I ended up with a lot of fruit. That is because I ended up adding the banana after I tasted it because it was really bitter. Since my point of doing this is to get more fruits and veggies and not anything else (as I’ve stated above), I don’t feel I have to suffer through my smoothies. This is not a torture, it is
supposed to be an enjoyable way to get some veggies and provide my body with additional nutrition, not make me suffer. So I added the banana. I will just use less kale next time. Because I really do want to be drinking more of a veggie smoothie than a fruit smoothie.
Fifth Green Smoothie
1.5 C Watermelon
3 pieces baby bok choy
4 kale leaves
It is really funny because cooking kale in foods and putting it in salad does not taste as bitter to me. But for some reason, whirred up in a smoothie . . . whew. Could be I don’t usually have THAT much kale. That was a lot of kale.
I actually have made more smoothies than I am putting in this post. So . . . I have learned a lot of things so far. That will probably be my next post. “Things I have learned on my smoothie journey so far . . . “
Maybe there is a recipe here you might enjoy. Let me know if you try one. Or share what you are putting in your blender.