Green Eggs and Ham

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I’ve had a recipe for a “green smoothie” sitting in my cookbook rack for a good two weeks now.  A GREEN SMOOTHIE.  Not like green as in Al-Gore-Save-the-Planet Green, but GREEN, as in there is spinach involved.

A good deal of spinach.

Which just seems like the wrong thing to do to an unsuspecting smoothie.  Just wrong on so many levels, I   think.

Which is why I haven’t tried it.

Oh I make plenty of smoothies, you can be sure.  My favorite ones include chocolate (protein powder), peanut butter (non-recalled natural type), and a frozen banana.

Because that’s what you do to bananas when you buy 3 pounds worth from Sam’s because, I mean, HAVE YOU SEEN THE PRICE OF BANANAS?

BTW, this is my recipe for frozen bananas.  Cut ‘em up.  Slap ‘em down on a piece of wax paper on a cookie sheet.  Layer ‘em if you need to.  Freeze ‘em for a couple of hours.  Throw ‘em into a freezer bag.  Put ‘em back in the freezer.  Your welcome.

bananas

(I may or may not have airbrushed the filth off of my stovetop)

Anyhoo.  Back to my plight.  The Green Smoothie.  In my desperation to eat healthier, I thought I’d give it a go.  What’s the worst that could happen?  Pretend I didn’t ask that.

I threw the following ingredients into my Vita-Mix (which is basically a really awesome blender on steroids):

2 Cups Fresh Spinach (stems and all)
1/2 Banana
1/2 Apple (peel and all)
2 slices pineapple
Handful of grapes
1/2 Cup Water
A few ice cubes
(and I added 2 packets of Splenda)

I will soon be gushing about the magical powers of the Vita-Mix, but I’m trying to talk them into letting me give one away on my review blog.  Woot.  How awesome would that be!

I turned the Vita-Mix on, and watched the greenery swirl around and around and around and around.

I was starting to feel a little queazy.

In reality, the whole process took two minutes start to finish.

I tasted it.

I quickly ran a glass out to Fiddledaddy because I COULD NOT BELIEVE HOW DELICIOUS IT WAS!  And he agreed with me.  He’s a lucky man to have married a woman who is right all of the time.

You can play around with the fruit combinations.  But, I think I hit on the perfect blend.

The Green Smoothie will now be a part of my daily routine.  I’m going to try it out on the offspring tomorrow.  And tell them that it’s green because St. Patrick’s Day is coming up.

Because I’m not above parenting by deception.

Remember, Carol at I Throw Like a Girl is hosting Mr. Linky for Saturday Stirrings. Head over there for more great recipes! 

Have a great weekend, y’all!!!

deedeesig

February 21, 2009

12 Responses to Green Eggs and Ham

  • Yeah, I’d like you to give one away too, well, just to me anyway. This sounds good. I never thought of adding spinach, but fresh spinach isn’t really strong, so maybe that would work.

  • I may have to try that out, I am always looking for something I can drink, because sometimes sitting down to eat in my house is not always an option. I have to admit that anytime I see those green drinks in the store–I go the other way. Maybe I’ll have to give them a try.

  • I made a New Year’s Resolution to make more green smoothies. So far, so bad. Haven’t made not a one. But I agree – they taste great and you never know the spinach is there. I still have trouble passing it by my kids, though. “Mom! You put SLALL-ED in my shake!!”

  • Dee, I received an Oster blender for Valentine’s Day–and I did ask for it, because I was hankering for smoothies. Will you spread the love and post some of your recipes? Thanks.

  • Ohhhh, I LOVE green smoothies! They’re so good for you and super tasty!

    Yum!

    Cheers,
    Kristen

  • Hmmm, see now I am always afraid of those green smoothies, but I am going to take your suggestion and give it a try.

  • I don’t think my $9.99 blender from Walmart is going to be able handle this concoction. I’m not a big smoothie person, but I think I need to become one.

  • Save it until March 2. That’s Dr. Suess’s birthday!

  • Now you just need to figure out how to combine spinach and protein powder and you’re all set. ‘Cause personally, I’m all about the protein. But chocolate and spinach would NOT be a good combo, I’m thinking. Maybe vanilla, with all that other stuff in there, too? I wouldn’t have to eat the rest of the day! Or at least, I’d be off the hook for eating anything healthy. 🙂

    Thanks for the recipe! I’m going to have to try this. 🙂

  • Tried these tonight. Tasty. Told my kids it was called “Green-Eyed Monster” and the grapes were the eyes. They loved it. Wore little green moustaches all night.

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