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Birthday Puts Me In The Green

Posted by terrepruitt on September 25, 2012

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaThis year my husband was really on the ball.  In July he started asking me what I wanted for my birthday.  Since going out of town isn’t something we have in our budget, I thought about it for a bit, then decided that is what I wanted to do for my birthday.  I wanted to go to a bed a breakfast place on the coast that we both love.  So I got my heart set on a weekend at THAT particular bed and breakfast. When I looked it up on the internet I was happy to see it is still there, however, it is no longer a bed and breakfast establishment.  The house is for rent as a vacation rental, but it is no longer a place to rent a room for the weekend.  I was sad.  I was so bummed that one of our places is gone.  Plus I was bummed because I had to come up with something else for my birthday.  He asked me every month.  I thought I had found something, but then circumstances changed and so that didn’t work out.  Then I remembered there was a time when I entertained the thought of one of those super blenders.  But really, to me that is an outrageous purchase unless you are really going to use it.  Having it sit in my cupboard would be a waste.  In my opinion there are a lot of things that are outrageous if they just sit and not get used, but when I use things often I feel I get my money’s worth.  I would like to include more vegetables in my diet.  I like to serve a green salad every night and a vegetable, so I was thinking another way to add fruits and vegetables would be to make green smoothies.  I don’t drink fruit smoothies so I really wanted to TRY a green one before I had my hubby make the investment.  I hear that green smoothies are an acquired taste and I don’t just want to blend fruit.  I want more veggies than fruit.  But then I started looking at some recipes online of other things I could make in a “super blender”.  I think I have posted about how my hummus is not smooth.  I made a joke about being the inventor of “whole bean” hummus — which is basically just chickpeas.  So I thought I could use the power of a super blender to make hummus.  So I decided to ask for a blender for my birthday.

When I received my blender I didn’t have any greens, but I was going to get some delivered the very next day.  In my box I received a new-to-me veggie.  The box contained Rainbow Chard and so I thought I could put that in my first smoothie.  I think of it as a fruit smoothie with some green since it really didn’t have that much green.  I am breaking myself in slowly — as has been suggested.

Another suggestion that I have seen on various website is that if it is an “ugly” green smoothie put it in a mug and if it is a “pretty” green smoothie use a pretty glass.  I think that is just the type of silly suggestion I can follow.  It makes an odd kind of sense.

Well so far I have used my blender four times.  I am sure you are going to hear about each time in future posts.  Well, perhaps not all four times . . . but maybe, we will see.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaSo my first fruit/”green” smoothie was:

1 Cup water
1/2 of apple chopped
1 banana (sliced)
1 leaf of rainbow chard (cut up)

My blender has a smoothie button so I just used that and it worked great.  There were NO chunks at all.  What I really love and was somewhat surprised to see is, it comes out frothy!

I think my first “green” smoothie was pretty good.  Although, I think that one leaf of green and 1.5 “fruits” is a larger fruit ratio than I want to stick with.  I am going to work my way up to more greens and less fruit.  My idea is to like and drink the more-veggie-than-fruit smoothies, but also enjoy the more-fruit-than-veggie smoothies when I feel the desire.

I am thinking I might have a smoothie before Nia, but I am not sure.  I usually try not to drink so much liquid before class.  🙂

Have you heard of these blenders that blend SMOOTH smoothies?

8 Responses to “Birthday Puts Me In The Green”

  1. Awesome! That blender is soooo nice! I have always wanted one, but like you, wasn’t sure if I’d use it. I think your first smoothie looks mighty tasty. 🙂


  2. Michele said

    Mmmm….looks like a fun new addition to your kitchen!


  3. balancedpeanut said

    YUM! Ill have to try it! Try this one: http://balancedpeanut.com/2012/10/11/hail-to-kale/
    Is your blog on Facebook?? If so, “like” balanced peanut so i can follow you!


    • I have not thought of trying a juicing recipe for a smoothie:

      Peanut’s Kale Juice recipe:

      3-4 Leaves of Kale
      2-3 Stalks of Celery
      1/2 tsp. of fresh ginger (I just broke off a little piece)
      1 Green Granny Smith Apple

      Simply, bunch up kale and push through juicer with celery, ginger, and apple.

      Will it work as a smoothie? Also I have been avoiding recipes with celery because I do not like celery. And that is A LOT of celery. I figured I would try it eventually, but hadn’t ventured there yet.

      And, no, my blog is not on FB. I am not understanding what that means. My blog is here, while I have a FB page: http://www.facebook.com/HelpYouWell

      Thanks for the recipe. One of these days I will get brave and try celery in a smoothie, but for now, I’m gonna stick to leafy greens.


  4. Karen said

    Thanks for the Green Smoothie recipes. I try to drink a Green Smoothie for breakfast on weekdays. It helps to keep me full, and satisfied. My husband and I used a Holistic Doctor who turned us onto an Antioxidant Green Powder to use as a Smoothie base. Just add a scoop (scooper is in the container) to water, along with whatever greens you like. I usually use Super Greens, 1 pear, 1 apple, or berries, 1 celery, and 2 carrots. Mix and drink.

    The brand name is: Greens World Delicious Greens 8000. It is 100% vegetarian, no added sugar. Comes in a variety of flavors. I like the Original, and Berry flavors best.


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