What Not to Put in a Green Smoothie
I constantly read blogs telling you that you can throw any greens in a smoothie and you won’t taste it. Lie, flat out lie. Unless your taste buds are dulled to some of the greens, you can taste many of them. For some, it is a matter of finding the right flavor combo, and for others … just. don’t. do it.
Don’t get me wrong, I started tossing spinach in our smoothies about five years ago. Both my husband and I love it and spinach is a truly close to neutral green. Though I know you exist, I have yet to find the one person that can detect the taste of spinach in a smoothie if they don’t know it’s in there (see below for my blueberry-spinach hiding technique).
But … I can tell you that though these may appeal to some of you, I can’t stand kale or celery in smoothies. Kale is bitter, strong, and woody … I like it sauteed, roasted, and even a little raw in salads … but drinking it, ugh! Celery is very watery and it tastes like, well, celery. I don’t like what it does to smoothies, but I think it may have its place. The jury is still out in my house on lettuce. Like celery, I found it had a watery taste, but with the right smoothie, I think it could work.
On Wednesday though, I outdid myself with green disgustingness (word?). I trial a lot of recipes, some turn out awesome, some … turn out like the green apricot smoothie I produced. It started out tasty, as to be expected with ingredients like bananas, apricots, vanilla unsweetened almond milk, and cinnamon. I did a little taste, and good to go … but then I thought, “I will just see what a little arugula tastes like in smoothies.” In went a fistful and destroyed went the smoothie. Pungent and gross. I hate wasting food, so down the hatch it went, but never, never again. Dare I say it was a bit skunky? I really should have known better, arugula isn’t a mild green … but it was early, and my brain wasn’t yet on point.
What greens do you like or dislike in your green smoothie? I’m willing to keep experimenting, so please do share!
For those of you who haven’t even tried spinach in your smoothie, I highly recommend my True Blue Smoothie Recipe. It has been successfully implemented in dairy-free households worldwide. I swear!
At that point, I was so angry at the arugula that I sauteed it all to oblivion and put it in rice (with sun-dried tomatoes, tuna, olive oil, dijon, and some spices) for our lunch. I wanted every last bit gone!
From there, Wednesday was a food bust. We went out to eat for dinner. Fortunately, that meant loading up on some awesome veggies. Eating out isn’t always a bad thing! Actually, I quite enjoy it.
- 40 min Insanity Cardio Resistance
- 2 mile walk with husband
- 33 min Insanity Cardio Recovery (fairly easy, but with some isometrics thrown in)
- 2 mile walk with husband (carrying a very heavy grocery bag on the second half!)
More on my thoughts of Insanity tomorrow …