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An unexpected benefit of the green smoothie habit!

Green Earth Ecology wAl tangledwingI met Blaine on the airplane home from Expo West in early 2013. We are both Delta frequent fliers so we got first class upgrades back to Salt Lake. He’s the CEO of a health products company, and it turned out we live a mile apart. Now we are friends and we hang out now and then, and talk about being single parents and CEO’s living half our lives in hotel rooms with zero time for a “social life.” He just wrote me this email with a great thought, about one of the many cool benefits of changing a lot of your calories to be blended greens and other plants:

So, I’ve been doing smoothies for years.  But I just started doing “greener” smoothies when I met you.  I kept up the berries, soy milk, sweeteners and all that–but just added greenery.  Then towards the end of last year, I decided to get healthier.  I cut way down on the berries, cut out the soy milk, the sweeteners etc., and just started using some of your basic recipes where the sweetness comes from an apple or a banana.

overflowing garbage cansI didn’t think too much of it, except that I was feeling healthier, but then recently I noticed something strange. I don’t have any trash. There is no packaging if you’re throwing fruit and veggies into a blender and eating them. I’ve gone over three weeks without needing to put my garbage can out.  Between the recycling can and my trash can, I think I could make it a month without needing to put either one out.

compost 2I was telling this story to my CFO and he said he has a neighbor who puts out 8 trash cans weekly. I’ve got several neighbors who put out 3, and they’re constantly overflowing.

Green smoothies have more “green” impact than I’d thought about. The environmental impact is impressive, since consumption is rapidly filling up landfills.

Great thoughts by my friend Blaine. I, too, fail to take my garbage out except 1-2 times per month. (Partly, Blaine and I both travel a lot. But also, almost everything left over from what my son and I eat can be just tossed back in the dirt.)

Thanks for the positive green thoughts, Blaine, if you’re reading this.