Here’s a really creative riddle that took me like 3 hours to write:
It’s green, but it’s not the hulk.
It’s full of vitamins and minerals, but it’s not a salad.
It’s delicious, but it isn’t high in calories, sugar, or fat.
You drink it, but it isn’t a weight loss shake.
Have you figured it out yet? No? Probably because I’m really bad at riddles. Whatever. I’m talking about….
That’s right, it’s those bloody green smoothies. They’ve really skyrocketed in popularity recently, probably something to do with the great taste, the high levels of vitamins and nutrients, and the low calories.
I got started with green smoothies about a month ago, and since then I’ve been trying to have one every day. They’re really easy to make, they’re cheap, they taste good, and they’re good for you (especially if you’re trying to lose weight).
What’s so good about them?
Glad you asked. The main ingredient in a green smoothie is, obviously, the green vegetable. While there are hundreds of different green vegetables to choose from, some of the most common vegetables used are kale, spinach, and broccoli.
As you can see, from that 1 cup you get a CRAPLOAD (that’s the scientific term by the way) of vitamins and micro-nutrients. Also, notice that there are hardly any calories. Perfect for weight loss. That isn’t the only ingredient in green smoothies though. Most recipes add other various fruits, seeds, nuts, honey, etc, etc, to add flavour and other good stuff.
Are they cheap though?
The short answer is yes, but also no. Depending on the fruits and vegetables you decide to include, each smoothie will probably set you back somewhere between $1 and $5 per serve, tending more towards the $1 side of things. My favourite green smoothie costs about $2 per serve in raw ingredients. I should probably look at selling them to people for $6 and make a huge profit.
Alright so let’s get down to the fun part. Making our green smoothies. The only thing you’ll need other than the ingredients is a blender. You can pick up a no-name elcheapo blender for like $30 at heaps of appliance stores. Here’s my favourite green smoothie recipe:
The kale green smoothie with banana and pineapple
- 1 cup of kale (rip the leaves off the stems, don’t use the stems)
- 2 small bananas
- 1/2 cup pineapple
- 175g Yoplait Forme no fat strawberry yoghurt
Just chuck the yoghurt in first, and then follow up with everything else. Blend that shit all up and either drink from the blender (if you’re a tough guy like me) or pour it into a glass if you’re sophisticated or whatever.
If your blender is half decent, there should be no little bits and it should be nice and thick and creamy. The yoghurt gives it the creamyness, and the banana and pineapple give it the yum taste. For $2, this is a great smoothie.
Low in calories, high in fiber, and also high in vitamin A and C. An awesome start to the day, I guarantee you will feel great after drinking it.
So now that you know all about green smoothies, get creative and come up with your own unique blends that suit your taste (but remember to track it in My Fitness Pal!).
If you’re having a hard time thinking up new ideas, fear not, for I have the solution! Here’s a cookbook with something ridiculous like 180+ smoothie recipes. Not a bad idea if you plan on making green smoothies a part of your life. Regardless of if you decide to check it out or not, stay tuned for my next post! I’m thinking about doing a few exercise posts, so get excited (or anxious, whatever works best for you).