Friday, December 07, 2007

Swamp Smoothie

Here is a picture of a smoothie that my family actually drinks and (here’s the shocker) IT’S GOOD!!

My sister and her husband, and both of my parents eat mostly a vegan diet. The have found all sorts of creative ways to get the good types of food down without sacrificing good tastes.

About a month ago, my mom had me try her spinach smoothie. She assured me that although it looks disgusting, it actually tastes good. First I smelled the stuff. It smelled fine, so I very cautiously took a tiny little sip. Since it didn’t make me gag, I tried a bigger taste. Shockingly, it was actually very yummy!! Next my husband and my kids tried the stuff, and everyone seemed to approve.

Here is the recipe, in case you are brave enough to consume this nutritious treat:

1 cup of OJ
A little bit of soy milk (I don’t have soy, so I use cow milk, about ¼ cup)
A little bit of vanilla extract
A whole bunch of baby spinach-fill the blender to the top with this stuff.
1-2 bananas (frozen is good, otherwise, I add some crushed ice to make it cold)

Put everything except the bananas into the blender and blend until the spinach is blended in very well, into a liquid. Then add the bananas and blend some more. It makes two large servings that could replace a meal, if desired.

Every time I make this stuff, my kids ask if they can have some too. My husband asks for this stuff quite often. Even my brother (!!!) started drinking these smoothies.

If you know me, you would know that I would rather sacrifice a few years of my life by eating yummy things that may not be all that healthy, rather than eating a strict diet of healthy things I don’t enjoy. But I am very excited when I find something that I enjoy that is actually good for me! I just wanted to share.