Tuesday, April 6, 2010
After a holiday feast, all that I desire is a glass of this - smooth, sweet, and green. It's so simple, I often wonder why I didn't think of the drink myself.
Take some familiar greens, or better yet, be adventurous and pick the brightest leaves with the strangest name. A bunch usually serves about three people. Add a banana per person, the riper the better. Stop here for a classic combination, or go on to add some kiwi, apple, grapes, mango, or berries for a more fruity flavour. Add about 1/2 cup of water per person and blend well until smooth and bubbly. Generally, this kind of smoothie tastes like fruit, but some greens overpower the sweetness. Those include collard greens, Swiss chard, and, the mightiest of all, arugula - nothing can mask its presence. But after drinking them for a while, you will get used to the taste of the leaves and learn to enjoy their freshness.
The fact is, green leafy vegetables are very good for you, being the most concentrated source of nutrition of any food and all. Another fact is, it's difficult to eat enough. Make a sizable salad, chew it for an hour, and you will still not get as many greens as in a smoothie (nothing against salads here). I cannot imagine a morning without this beverage, it is my only coffee.
All of the friends who drink them feel same way, green smoothies are energizing and it's catchy how clear-headed they make you feel. Paloma has one twice a day, for breakfast and dinner.
To further advocate, here is a little anecdote - one of my friends insists on drinking the smoothies exclusively out of a wine glass, as she believes they deserve nothing less.