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Monday, December 12, 2016

Munchie Monday: First Greenish Smoothie!

Communication is a great thing!  So often Dear One and I have incomplete communication which can cause a certain amount of aggravation on both sides.  I tried to smarten up this week.  We had a discussion about the food we eat.  I planned to make something using kale.  I mentioned it.  He said he likes "a few baby spinach leaves", not actually kale.  Well.  That is something!  So I asked if he would want to try some in a smoothie.  He waggled his hand.  I took that as a "yes'!

You will notice that I spilled the smoothie on the outside of the glass so I carried it with a paper towel, effectively removing the spill-over.  Some day I will learn to use Photoshop Elements and edit out the nasty parts of pictures...

This is what I did:

This is the basic fruit smoothie I have told you about before which includes:
1 cup orange juice
1 cup cranberry juice
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 frozen chopped banana
2 Tablespoons ground flax seeds

Then I threw in one handful of washed, shaken out, baby spinach. 

Starting the blender, I stood over it  and blended for about 3 minutes.

This made two large glasses of purple lusciousness.  I asked Dear One his opinion.  He said,  "It is good."  Good!!!!  That is such a great response!  I loved it.

So, today I made another of these greenish smoothies.  I put a much larger handful of baby spinach in it and ground it for about 4 minutes.  (The last one had a few little bits of spinach identifiable on my tongue. I was not so fond of that texture issue, so I blended longer this time.  It was still good the last time but this one was ideal texture.)

When mine glass was almost half gone, I remembered my sister sent me a message about adding turmeric to our diets to help with arthritis, and other, pain, so I thought, "Why not?"  Since Dr. Greger in "How Not To Die" says we need 1/4 teaspoon a day of turmeric,  I threw in a quarter teaspoon of it into my partial cup of greenish smoothie.  Since I just sort of stirred it in, it sort of clumped up. 

May I just say, this was not so pleasing. The clumps were dry on my tongue.  Not good.   I will try it again but will add the turmeric to the blender.  I will just add it to my serving the next time, and the time after that, after conversing on the subject with Dear One who could use a little pain relief, I will add it to the whole blender jar of smoothie if he gives me the green light.

I wonder how far we can go with this green smoothie thing before we cannot tolerate it....

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