In honor of the O’Mahony clan I hail from, I found it fitting to talk about something green this week, something that has become a staple in my life for over 4 years (minus some time in there during pregnancy when my body was repulsed by almost everything!). If you have been around me for any length of time in these past few years, you have seen the infamous mason jar full of green stuff, or brownish or purpleish, whatever the fruit du jour of that day colored it. Whatever the hue, The Green Smoothie honestly changed the trajectory of my nutritional life.
My friend in Atlanta had been following a gal, named Robyn Openshaw, online… she is aka “The Green Smoothie Girl”. So my friend shot me a message letting me know Green Smoothie Girl was going to be in my town and I should go see her. So like any obedient-people-pleasing-rule-follower (I’ve worked on that since then, still working), I went. Before that though, I checked out the gals website, www.greensmoothiegirl.com, and after reading a bit on there, I decided I needed to try this green stuff out. So, I went to my fridge to see what I had… I threw some green lettuce, banana and blueberries in my Osterizer blender and made my first green concoction. Then I drank it. And, to my surprise, it was actually pretty good! I went and heard The Green Smoothie Girl’s presentation, bought her “12 Steps to Whole Foods” set and I was off… life as I, and my steak and potato loving husband, knew it, was over. I soon purchased a Blendtec Blender, my favorite possession now besides my dog, and started drinking 32 ounces of green smoothie almost everyday. (No, my husband does not, that is another blog for another day, ask him about the raw pink breakfast smoothie though, he does love that!)
So, why? Well, now it is for more reasons than I knew then. The main one is this, after reading MANY books, blogs, magazines on different nutritional lifestyles, watching numerous documentaries on food and health, I found ONE scarlet thread that runs through them all – dark leafy greens. We should eat them, everyday. In 32 ounces of green smoothie, you get about 15 servings of fresh fruit and vegetables, including the powerhouse greens. It takes a few minutes to make, is portable, can taste good and be eaten rather quickly. That, to me, equals fantastic. Another reason is that just putting that much of something in you takes the place of something else most likely not as nutritionally dense. One easy addition to your life can immediately start changing your body for the better. Digestion improves, hair gets healthier (seriously, mine started looking like it had gold thread spun through it), your cravings will change, and so much more.
If you would like an easy read that details out how green smoothies can help you, and gives some easy foundational “recipes”, check out “The Green Smoothies Diet” by Robyn Openshaw, or “Green for Life” by Victoria Boutenko, both of which should be at your library. So, here’s my encouragement for you today… throw something green with leaves that is in your fridge (or go buy something green and leafy from the produce section) into whatever blender you have, throw in whatever fruit you have, give it a whirl, and drink it. You may be surprised!
Next time I’m going to talk about how my green smoothies have evolved, how they have affected my life and some things I would like to know if I were just starting out on the journey. If you have a specific question, please ask me! If you have already started down this green brick road, let us know how it has affected you!