June 19, 2013

Smoothies With Garden Greens

Staging for a green smoothie with kale from our patio container garden
I have been hearing a lot about green smoothies lately. I thought the hype must have been unwarranted. Surely it was some sort of fad. Then I made one with garden greens from our patio container garden.

Both Linda and I are converts after only 2 green smoothies. We are always trying to introduce more dark green leafy vegetables into our diet since they are super foods. Putting them into a smoothie is one of the simplest and tastiest methods we have discovered yet, especially since we usually have a fruit smoothie every day already.

Our first green smoothie coincided with the first harvest from the kale container on the patio. Same thing this morning except with our first harvest from our spinach container. In both cases fresh, tender and tasty young leaves made for a fluorescent green flurry of fabulousness.

"Leafy greens are the most nutrient dense foods on the planet."

And so tasty! The greens, contrary to what I initially thought, actually enhance the flavour for my taste buds. But don't drink them just because they taste good - there are many health benefits from jacking up your smoothie with a little green.

You can throw just about anything into a green smoothie - milk, water, yogurt, juice, berries, fruit, and the leaves of just about any dark green leafy vegetable (kale, chard, spinach, lettuce...). Be adventurous, play around and experiment with different combinations.

You really can't go wrong. It is a great way to start the day, and if you can use your own organic veggies from your garden, it is even more satisfying.

The finished product looks good, tastes good, and feels good.
Grow your own organic veggies and make yourself a green smoothie. Why? First of all, because you might pay up to $6.00 dollars for one at that trendy smoothie bar. And second, because the hype is actually warranted in this case. Eating more whole, raw, organic foods is beneficial for good health and feeling great.

Try drinking a grande green smoothie and let us know how you feel afterward. We noticed a distinct sensation of having more energy and fewer cravings throughout the day. Or maybe we're just getting high on growing and eating fresh food.

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