Does Everything That Goes in Your Mouth Have to Taste Good?
“I can’t get my family to drink green smoothies because they don’t taste good!”
Does that sound familiar?
We just celebrated 10 years of being GreenSmoothieGirl online, and 20 years of drinking at least one quart of green smoothie a day myself, plus feeding them to my kids.
After so long, I don’t even REMEMBER smoothies and green juice and vegetables not tasting good, now that I’ve built my own cells out of higher-vibration materials.
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I was never that mom who begged her kids to eat a bite or two of vegetables. I figured I was in charge of helping them build healthy bones, tissues, organs, and brain, and I made that position clear. I’m that kind of mom, good or bad.
I have often told my family, “Some foods we eat because they taste good. Some we eat because they’re good for us. This one is in the latter category. So, eat it!”
It’s probably one of those quotes they’ll pull out in the eulogy at my funeral.
Green Smoothies Are Good Fuel
I’m not trying to say that food shouldn’t taste good. In fact, my whole mission is to help people realize that whole foods can be easy, affordable, and delicious!
And I have some great tips for making green smoothies taste yummier, but still healthy for you, later on in this post.
However, if you walk into your first green smoothie from a lifetime of eating processed sugar … well, you might not like it at first. Not if that green smoothie is really green, like mine are.
People usually make their “beta” version a fruit smoothie, with a handful of spinach or kale. And they’re proud of themselves. Great start! But I’ve seen thousands of people progress to a far greener, advanced version, where greens and superfoods are maximized and fruit is minimized.
But my point is: if we all began to recognize food as fuel, serving an important function, then maybe HOW IT TASTES wouldn’t be the #1 consideration for absolutely everything we eat.
Very frankly, sometimes my green smoothies don’t taste that good. I drink them anyway.
Think of it as a badge of honor. You just did something really cool for your health.
I have a treat once a day, most of the time. It’s almost always a pretty healthy treat, compared to what most people have.
But the majority of what I eat is selected because I count the consequences. I want to have crazy awesome good health, and I know that the fuel I choose is possibly the #1 predictor of whether I achieve it on a regular basis.
The green smoothie is a modern invention that will blow the lid off your energy and lower your disease risk more than ANYTHING else … if you cultivate it as a daily discipline.
The beauty of the green smoothie is that you can consume several servings of greens and fruit, plus good fats and superfoods, totally painlessly and easily.
There are plenty of tips for getting green smoothies to taste better, but my number one piece of advice is to shift those self-limiting nutrition beliefs that “everything has to taste good.”
Cultivating a “food as fuel” mentality will dramatically benefit your health, and part of that is learning to choose our foods based on the quality of the fuel more than the taste.
The “like attracts like” rule applies here: as you rebuild your cells out of more high-vibration fuel like greens, the more you will crave high-vibe foods.
Want to know which foods are highest in vibrational energy? This matters so much more than calories, a concept invented by the food industry to keep you focused on things that actually matter very little.
I’ve got a High-Vibe Shopping List for you here, with the 200 most high-vibration foods to buy and use as often as possible (and the 45 lowest, to avoid).
Take this list when you’re shopping, and get as many of the top 200 in your diet as you can! Substitute them in recipes, use them raw as often as possible, and notice the difference in your health and energy.
How To Make Green Smoothies Taste Good
I did a Facebook Live recently all about this topic! Check out my kitchen demo to get all my tips and tricks for the best tasting green smoothie (and see my cats, who love to be on camera):
In the meantime, check out my green smoothies guide and blending demo, and try these practical solutions for making your green smoothie taste yummier:
1. Use sweeter (or non-bitter) greens. The mildest greens are spinach, beet greens, and swiss chard. They’ll add great nutrition without being bitter. If you’re a beginner, you may wish to avoid greens with a “kick,” such as arugula, mustard greens, and turnip greens.
2. Add more fruit. The healthiest green smoothies are more greens than fruit (or even all greens, if you’re “hardcore,” with just lemon juice, stevia, and ginger to flavor), but increasing the fruit-to-greens ratio will make the smoothie sweeter.
3. Add liquid stevia. Stevia is a plant-based sweetener that won’t affect your blood sugar. It is super-sweet, so adjust to your taste with just a drop or two at a time. DON’T use toxic artificial sweeteners (download my free guide to sugar alternatives for smoothies, cooking, baking, and more).
Don’t forget to get the High-Vibe Shopping List! Print it out and take it with you to the store; you’ll know which foods to buy, and which ones to avoid, for your greatest health and energy!
Robyn Openshaw, MSW, is the bestselling author of The Green Smoothies Diet, 12 Steps to Whole Foods, and 2017’s #1 Amazon Bestseller and USA Today Bestseller, Vibe. Learn more about how to make the journey painless, from the nutrient-scarce Standard American Diet, to a whole-foods diet, in her free video masterclass 12 Steps to Whole Foods.
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