November 5, 2009 5:22 PM

Green Smoothies part two

Recently, I was pleasantly surprised by Alex Tellez's spontaneous comment on my blog about my daring attempts at drinking green liquids for lunch. It was quite an honor that he took time out of his busy schedule to read my random- most oftentimes crazy- posts! Since he was the sole person responsible for motivating me to change my sodium enriched canned foods and take outs eating habits, I felt he deserved a long detailed explanation of the many times I stared at my revolting green smoothies- thinking how in the world am I going to force myself to swallow another cold vegetable soup?!?!

As you can imagine- or will after you see the pictures I took of my first few smoothies- I was more than eager to discuss the seemingly endless mistakes that I made during my love/hate experience with my first couple revolting vegetable drinks. Thankfully, I quickly discovered that the secret to blending DELICIOUS green smoothies was to disproportionately add more fruits than vegetables. I thought you might find the green smoothie narrative I wrote to Alex an interesting read. Thus I am going to take the liberty and share an excerpt to you:

Before I start listing off the bizarre combinations of greens I used to make my smoothies, let me just admit that my first couple smoothies required so much determination and focus to finish. I need to thank my compulsive obsession to increase efficiency in all aspects about my life with assembly lines and mass productions for the pain I endured when I first started my green liquid diet. Instead of just an 8 oz [I actually think the cup is 16 oz now] drink of THICK fibrous clumps of purple and green cauliflowers, celery, bok choy, spinach, cabbage, bananas, avocados with milk and water, I had to finish about 40 oz [okay this was a serious understatement on my part!] of this stuff. Here are some pictures of my “masterpieces”:

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My roommates’ inability to get pass their first two sips of my concoction was a testament to the biting bitterness I overcame. You probably would understand the immense DELIGHT that I felt when I finally finished this tub full of greens:

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For the past couple weeks, I have been really good at drinking a green smoothie at least once a day. I quickly learned how to mask the intense bitterness with a plethora of fruits. Instead of a 1:5 ratio of fruits to vegetables, the ratio increased to 3:1 sometimes even 5:1. My best green combo so far was:

avocado + banana + mint choc chip ice cream + bok choy + milk + water

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Additionally, after one of my more intense running session, I decided to use papaya as a base ingredient for a smoothie. Such an awesome decision! Hopefully you would think the combination of papayas + bananas + celery + cauliflowers + avocados to be as delicious as I did!

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I usually don’t take photos of my drinks, however the ones I’ve shared above were extraordinary in some way or another. Hope they entertained you!

Just this past weekend, I fell madly in love with raw cacao nibs, raw-eos cookies, almond butter and especially COCONUT CREAM PIE LaraBars! Words cannot describe their delightful taste and texture on my eager taste buds. And as you probably have guessed, these four new loves of mine blend extremely well in green smoothies :) Eating is finally FUN again!

At the moment, I am slowly trying to influence everyone around me to try my new diet. Although, the resistance is quite strong, it makes me happy to know my parents are becoming more aware about different healthy eating choices. I totally won my dad over by pulling the “but I want you to live forever daddy” trick =P. Not to put my parents on the spot, but my mom's enthusiastic picture text message regarding the spanking new blender my dad bought for her anniversary gift seriously made me GIDDY like a silly school girl!


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I thought you might find the green smoothie narrative I wrote to Alex an interesting read. Thus I am going to take the liberty and share an excerpt to you..


Posted by Jacob Martin | 2010-01-21

It looks very delicious...


Posted by | 2010-02-04

At the moment, I am slowly trying to influence everyone around me to try my new diet.


Posted by Michal Clark | 2010-02-08

Why does everything healthy taste and smell revolting?! I also make green smoothies every now and then...well mostly my mother forces me. She is a diabetic and has other serious health problems so she makes green smoothies and juices very often...or poison as I like to call them. Thanks for this post. I will try you recipe and will get back to you. Bella:


Posted by Bella | 2010-02-09

Haha Bella, I am having the same experience! Let me just admit that my first couple smoothies required so much determination and focus to finish.


Posted by Christine | 2010-02-10

I loved this recipe! Especially for days with very hot, like today. I loved your site. Congratulations on delicious recipes. As soon as I finish my projects, I certainly will go to kitchen to prepare them and then them Indulge your senses! Thank you.


Posted by Johnny | 2010-03-11

Totally don't like it. Just look at the pictures have turned my appetite off. I prefer deep fired chickens with groovy.


Posted by monica | 2010-04-27

My favorite is Papaya, Banana, Mango, grape and Ginger beer. try it sometime. Well that’s in the fruit section. the vegetables section I like cauliflower, Spinach, cabbage, celery and mint paste, boil and wait till its cool and blend it. You can also as a little pepper and salt to taste. if you are not particular on that you can also add green pepper to that when you boil.


Posted by Sukumaran | 2010-04-28

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