It’s a great story, really, how I happened upon the “green smoothie,” the attention-grabbing part of this site dedicated to helping you eat right.
I was 27 years old, sitting on the front porch one warm summer day when my oldest child was a year old. Knowing me at that time, I was probably letting him play in the sprinkler and eat an Otter Pop. (This was long before I knew about corn syrup, and food dyes . . .)
I’d just put some canned pineapple juice, and some alfalfa sprouts and lots of spinach, in my blender. I was sitting there drinking it when my baby toddled over and peered into my glass. He asked me what it was, and (in one of those genius Mom moments), I said, “green ice cream.”
Well, that created a demand. He wanted some. I said, “No, this is Mommy’s milkshake.” More demand. It was all part of my evil plot, of course.
I finally relented (as I’d planned to all along) and let him sip some out of my straw. He was hooked and a lightbulb came on in my Mom brain! This drink, the Neanderthal version of what I now make, came to be known as “Green Cream” in my young family.
Well, that pineapple juice thing I made (for over a decade, actually) is totally inferior, nutritionally, to what I make as a green smoothie nowadays. (Not only is concentrated pineapple juice not a great food, but you had to “slam” that concoction or it settled into an ugly mess, undrinkable just five minutes later.) But it began a quest for ways to get my kids to eat lots of leafy greens and sprouts. And it taught me that blended foods are key in that quest.
Now I have a BlendTec Total Blender [link to it in the store]. You really must have this item if you are serious about nutrition. Before I had a turbo blender, I had to settle for the above-mentioned “green cream” that had to be “slammed” before it became undrinkable. A regular blender won’t allow you to use frozen fruit, fibrous greens, and lots of ice, for many years without troubles, with the Total Blender’s fantastic warranty.
Why is this so important, the purchase of a Total Blender? Because you’re going to get 15 SERVINGS OF GREENS AND FRUIT in your one quart of green smoothie daily. That puts you in the top 5 percent of Americans, for the quality of your diet, with just one simple habit that takes just 10 minutes a day.
I can’t overemphasize it. It’s not just the best thing I have in my kitchen, it’s the most important thing I own, PERIOD. I use it half a dozen times a day, and so it’s worth every penny. We’ll talk more in my next newsletter about why a green smoothie habit is the first thing to change.
May you be blessed with good health from DAY ONE of starting this habit!
Here’s my original 3-min. home video on green smoothies:
And here’s my Green Smoothie 2.0 demo, for the “initiated”:
To Your Health,
p.s. If you can’t get a Total Blender right now, that’s okay. Just start with whatever blender you have, but be aware that you may not be able to use lots of frozen fruit and very fibrous greens. Your blend won’t be as smooth, but use water, spinach, and fruit, and get started anyway. The important thing is just to START.