Yes, we really are going green…not turning green, but going green!
I can just hear it:
Does this mean we are going to start walking to the grocery store instead of driving (wow, that would be a long walk!), carry our fabric bags to put our groceries in instead of the plastic bags and buy food that only comes in 95% recycled containers?
Nope! It means that we are going to drive to the store (a little more often), leave those “green” fabric bags at home and go to the produce section to buy lettuce, red leaf lettuce, chard, spinach, collard greens, bok choy, and a few bunches of bananas! (yellow bananas…don’t eat green bananas! 🙂 ) And then we walk out to the garden and get some pumpkin, squash and strawberry leaves and a few cucumbers, then to the lawn to get the dandelion and plantain, out the back door to grab some lemon basil, and last of all, to the weed patch to get the lambs quarters….um…yes. That would be in our garden! :/
Green Smoothies are what I am talking about. They taste a whole lot better than they look or smell. (Note to self: don’t ever drink them while warm again. yuck.)
There are a lot of health benefits to drinking these (read THIS book and find out what). We’re not drinking only green smoothies, or going raw. But we are drinking about a quart a day each. At least I am…and everyone else should be. 🙂 A few nights ago we were at a seminar and part way through I was wanting something to drink. Water was sitting right there on the table, but it didn’t sound “good” (strange because goat’s milk and water are the only two things I was drinking before green smoothies). I thought, a green smoothie sounds good!! I didn’t think I would actually crave them! 😀 So the next day I took my own cup…of green smoothie!! 🙂
A few books with lots of recipes: (there are more books, just look on Amazon 🙂 )
Victoria Boutenko has a few books on green smoothies. She tells of a lot of the health benefits to drinking green smoothies. But (the not-so-good part of the book), she also compares human’s diets to wild chimpanzee’s diets because “she discovered that the animal genetically close to human beings were chimpanzees”. Sure, maybe chimpanzees and humans both eat greens, blossoms and fruit, but is sure doesn’t mean we are related to chimpanzees…and neither was my parents, or my great grand parents, nor my great great great great great great great grand parents. She obviously has a evolution view on things. 🙂
Not only do we like Green Smoothies, but Fred does too! 😀
I’ve found out that if there is too much fruit in it, he doesn’t like it. 🙂 Green Smoothies have health benefits for pets too….they won’t stink (or as bad), makes their hair shine, prolongs their life, will boost their immune system and protect them against cancer (isn’t this cheaper than a lot of vet visits?). Dogs can eat the same smoothies you make for yourself, but a cat’s smoothie has to have no fruit because they don’t like it and don’t digest it as well. And nether of them should have large quantities. In Victoria Boutenko’s book “Green Smoothie Revolution” she gives recipes and safe quantities for your pets.
This is our current favorite recipe…I’m sure we’ll try many other mixtures!
1-1/4 C. water
2 big handfuls of greens of your choice
1 T. coconut oil
Blend well, while blending, add 1 C. ice
3 peaches (take pits out of course!)
1/3 peeled cucumber
squirt agave or a little honey
1 C. frozen fruit (raspberries, blueberries, strawberries etc.)
opt. 1/2 t. flax meal
anything else you think would taste good in there! 🙂
Blend! Makes 3 servings
You can add any fruit you want, melons, apples, kewi…whatever you want.
Try going green…you’ll like it! (They really do taste good, but don’t expect it to taste like your favorite Starbucks drink 😉 )