Today’s Green Smoothie
Yesterday, my wife told me that my smoothies were missing”fun”. Of course I didn’t agree with her, but I can see where she gets the idea.
Social Media, TV, magazines, all media tries to make everything as fun, beautiful, new, exotic, sensational, interesting as possible. I get it, I’m a marketer too.
But, the first purpose of my daily green smoothie is not to entertain my taste buds. Don’t get me wrong, it (almost) always tastes fantastic to me, but more on that in a minute. The primary reason for my smoothie is to take in fuel that gives me the energy and nutrition to support some serious cardio workouts (last week I ran 62 miles mostly on steep trails). The smoothies don’t just support the actual workout, but also help me to recover so that I can go hard again the next day.
So back to the “fun” and the taste. I avoid sweetening smoothies with anything other than the fruit, but it’s still totally fun. I certainly get quite a bit of variety by switching up the greens – today was rainbow chard. And, I’ve had everything in them from purple snow peas to dandelion leaves. After a while, you just start to enjoy the subtle elements of flavor in a relatively basic set of nutrient-dense ingredients.
But, my wife is quite smart and I should probably give her comment some credence . So, I guess I could try adding some new stuff – maybe some chilies, salts, edible flowers, herbs or the latest whatever. I could give them silly names too like the “The Mango Tango” or “the Pesto Besto”. Look for those sorts of additions in the coming weeks.
Today’s Green Smoothie Ingredients
Spring Water – 20 oz
Banana – medium, ripe
Rainbow Chard – 4 leaves
Frozen Mango – 2/3 cup
Fresh Turmeric Root – 1.5 inches
Chia Seeds – 4 tbsp
Put it all in the blender in the order above, give it all a serious spin, and enjoy. More on the basics of making green smoothies.