Since I've been having having smoothies for 2 meals a day on my diet plan, I really need to make sure I'm getting as much good stuff into myself as I can, in those smoothies.
Green drinks are all the rage right now, and after some ladies in my weight loss group said that you can't even taste the spinach they were adding, I figured I had to try it too!
And it's totally true!
Two big handfuls of fresh spinach tossed in the blender, with a chocolate smoothie? Turns a sketchy shade of brownish-grey, but tastes great and has all the goodness of those leafy greens.
Soon after I realized this worked so well for spinach, I decided to branch out. Kale.
I have *tried* to like kale. Even chips, when it's all crispy and salted and everything, I just can't do it. It's too iron-y tasting for me to be able to eat it, no matter what I tried.
But then I threw a handful into my blender with my smoothie and GASP! I totally can't taste it! All of the goodness, none of the yuckness! A total win.
So here I am, happily adding kale and spinach to my smoothies… until I ran out.
The soution? Ice cube trays! We buy a giant batch of kale and spinach (thanks, Costco) and make little green ice cubes that are ready to go into my smoothies! I don't have to worry about cramming all that fluffiness into my produce drawer, and I'm getting better flavor in my smoothies, since the ice isn't just watering the whole thing down! (Personal theory: I think the kale being frozen helps mask the iron taste of it that I dislike so much… it might be psychological, but it works for me!)
When you're at the store, buy more kale than you think you'll need. This picture shows you amounts, before and after blending.
Also, I am totally in love with my Ninja blender (aff) You should totally get one, if you're in the market for a new blenderator!
So now we have a nice steady supply of green goodness to put into our daily smoothies! Between these and my frozen banana slices, we're in great shape for delicious add-ins for our smoothies!
And as an added bonus? Max has forgotten that those green ice cubes are made of veggies, so he asks for green smoothies too! He think they're lizard juice or something… but shhhhhh! I'm not complaining!
What's your favorite smoothie recipe?