At first I felt like I was cheating on my Ninja. After all, it served me well and made great smoothies.
Or so I thought.....
To be honest, there is no comparison. I'd blend a green smoothie for 3-5 minutes in the Ninja and it still had little chunks. Good smoothies that we enjoyed, but we were confused in thinking that was as good as it gets.
In 30-45 seconds on my Whole Juice setting, I have a perfectly smooth drink.
But I'm losing focus here.
The point is green smoothies.
I loved them so in my vegan time before pregnancy and in early pregnancy even, until there was an unfortunate incident with raw milk kefir that had gone bad, and I thought I was just being a pregnant wimp and forced it down. (That was not a good thing, just to let you know.)
The magic ingredient in my green smoothies was always bananas. They made most any combination of greens palatable, but now, per Trim, Healthy Mama, my beloved bananas are no longer a part of my life. This was the single hardest thing for me to give up to lose weight. I ate bananas daily, but they are high in sugars, albeit natural ones, with a high glycemic index. Bananas are not the best choice if you want to lose weight. I loved bananas and they made smoothies creamy and sweet, and I was dubious that one could make a green smoothie taste good without them.
But once again, I've been proven wrong. I don't know if it is the Blendtec's superior blending or just a change in my palate, or both, but using mellow greens, like spinach, as a base, and flavors, like sweet berries, and a touch of stevia seems to be working for me. Then add a bit of protein powder and you have a great FP (fuel pull) drink that can work as a meal replacement or as a post-exercise refresher.
Green Smoothie THM-style - FP
- 1.5 - 2 cups of water
- coconut water, the liquid from the inside of a young thai coconut, or 1/2 cup of ice (I buy a bunch of young thai coconuts at once, prep them, and freeze the water in an ice cube tray). This increases the nutrition, but if you don't have access to coconut water, consider it an optional item.
- 1 cup of frozen strawberries
- 4-8oz fresh spinach
- 2-6oz fresh kale (start with smaller amounts and work your way up, if needed)
- Dash of NuNaturals Pure Stevia
- 1 scoop of protein powder, I use Swanson's. You mainly want no carbs or fats.
Blend all ingredients except the protein powder together until smooth.
Add the protein powder and pulse a few times to blend.
I often don't measure, but will just fill up the blender with whatever I have on hand. You can use any greens, veggies or fruits. Be adventurous and feel free to share you favorite combos!
Also remember that raw fruits and veggies contain fiber. If you are not used to eating many you may have some abdominal distention and gas. It takes a few days to get used to the increased fiber, just drink more water and give it some time. You'll be enjoying the benefits of green drinks before you know it!
Don't forget to check out Trim, Healthy Tuesday at Gwen's Nest and Stacy Makes Cents for more THM ideas and recipes!