What would you say if I told you that for breakfast and (most) work-day lunches, I had something that:
- Filled me up;
- Provided 2 servings of vegetables;
- Provided 2 servings of fruit;
- Provided lean protein;
- Was low-carb; and
- Tasted good.
Would you believe me? Maybe. Would you believe me when I tell you that its a smoothie?
Yup. During the week I’m drinking 2 smoothies as meals. And you know what? I feel better when I do it. Now if I could only get back on that exercising bandwagon, I’d get somewhere.
But back to the smoothies. This all started back in December, when my family got me a Vitamix blender as a gift. If you ever watch cooking shows — or go to Jamba Juice — you’ve seen it. It’s heavy-duty. It’s totally hard-core. You can actually make HOT SOUP in these things without cooking. They’re also expensive.
I needed to justify the expense. So I started making smoothies. And they were good.
And then as I drank one, I thought: We need to eat more veggies. How do I get more veggies into our diet? So one day, when I was home alone and had already made Hubbs his all-fruit smoothie, I added a large handful of spinach to mine (about 1.5 cups packed). It turned the smoothie green. I had second thoughts, but took a sip. It tasted the same. I added another handful and blended it up. Still nothing. It was tasty. Even more refreshing than before. And I had just added 2 servings of vegetables.
The next day, I made it for the Hubbs. I thought he was going to fall over. But he tried it. And liked it. And we haven’t looked back.
Since then I’ve also tried kale, which was delicious, and am always eying the produce aisle, trying to see what else I can add.
So here’s the recipe! (makes two, 24-oz smoothies — 1 for breakfast, 1 for lunch)
1 cup carrot juice
1 cup water
1 apple (or orange)
1/4 cup mixed frozen berries (optional)
2 gigantic handfuls of spinach or kale (if using kale, do not use stems)
1 level scoop of protein powder
1 cup ice
In order above, place everything in blender and mix until smooth. Enjoy! (If it seems too frothy for you, next time do not put the protein powder in at the beginning. After blending everything smooth, THEN add the powder.