December 21, 2012

Smoothies

So much of what I avoid eating now is due to the smell. It is hard for me to cook meat, roast vegetables, or even open a jar of peanut butter or hummus without gagging. There are ways to get around this, of course, like buying a pre-roasted chicken, but you really need to be careful with those - some of them can be real sodium bombs! When I am served these things (or, I am not involved with the direct smell of them), I am fine - at a Hanukkah dinner at Matt's dad's house, I was able to eat carrots and hummus with no problem. Another excellent help was when Matt bought us a George Foreman grill at Target's Black Friday sale. I can put some meat on there to cook, walk away, and let it do it's thing.

In an effort to consume more veggies, I've taken to trying to drink them. It's an interesting challenge, not only in creating ways to make them more palatable, but in the fact that this is a struggle at all. When I first started losing weight, something that made the whole process a lot easier was that I completely love vegetables. I had loved broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, asparagus, and countless others, even at 345 pounds. So the fact that I struggle so much right now is really surprising.

I've bought mini cans of V8 to drink for breakfast or a snack, but they're another source of too much sodium, even the reduced sodium variety! And a veggie juicer just isn't practical at this time. So, I've been trying my hand at making smoothies. I've made them countless times before when I was actively losing weight - spinach/blackberry and spinach/blueberry were some favorites. But now, we're trying a few new things, with mixed results.

Our recipe for smoothies-for-two is, basically, as follows:
- two handfuls of greens
- a handful of fresh or frozen fruit
- a 6 oz. cup of Greek yogurt
- enough unsweetened almond milk to make it into a drink

Our go-to green veggie is usually spinach. We tried kale the other day, and honestly, I wish I'd somehow recorded us drinking it. It was torturous. Like mowing the lawn, and then trying to drink that. There wasn't enough pineapple in the world to make it better.

The fruit is tough, because it's mid-winter, and berries in our budget come almost exclusively frozen. We usually keep blueberries, pineapple, and peaches on hand for snacking, and all of those go great in a smoothie.

We're coming up short on ideas, though, and would love some input. What about you? Do you make fruit and veg smoothies? Suggestions for fruits? What greens do you use? If kale, please, some advice!!!

10 comments:

Jennie Palluzzi said...

I have tons of advice on this. First - add peanut butter, honey, or a smidge of something sweet (almond milk is a great start) and do half kale half spinach - it helps w/ the taste.

If you like them, chia seeds are great because they keep you full longer, and you only need a small amount to get benefits of not feeling hungry!

I love avocado in my smoothie, and oats, and add some lemon juice -- SOOO good for you.

marisol said...

Add a tb of almond or peanut butter. Also chia seeds or ground flaxseed. It also depends on your blender. Some don't blend kale as well as spinach because it is a rougher green. Honey or agave is another way to add sweetness to your smoothies. Do you have access to a Costco near you? While I know you get a discount at your job, I find that you can buy frozen fruit way cheaper there.


Here are some links that I have pinned which may give you some ideas.


20 summer smoothie recipes- http://fatgirlvsskinnyjeans.tumblr.com/post/27669485456/thedesiretowin-theperfectblend

30 Delicious Green Smoothie Recipes

http://www.oatmealinmybowl.com/the-kitchen/30-delicious-green-smoothie-recipes/

Amanda Triplet said...

really? I LOVE kale in my smoothies, I can't even taste it! I use kale, spinach, frozen blueberries, cherries, a kiwi, and some watered down white grape juice to make it liquid-y. :)

Denise said...

My ingredients for a smoothie: one can of coconut milk (or half a can for one person) (full of healthy fat and a bit of sweetness), one banana, and frozen berries (or mango, if you're feeling tropical. But frozen mango is like 8 jillion dollars). I imagine that spinach would be just fine in there though I haven't tried it myself. I can't get over the greenness of it.

Frickin' Fabulous at 40 said...

No smoothies here and the extent of my consumption of spinach is in dip or raw in salad once in a while. I'm so sorry you're still experiencing the smell aversion thing!

Fit Mom said...

Dont forget that you can throw in some quick cook oats too to make things more fun. Most of my smoothie concoctions have a half of a banana in them. And spinach is my to go to leafy green to put in them. I have done pear, banana, spinach, I have done apple, pear, banana, spinach...I have even done oranges and just make sure that you cut the peel off and cut out each segment so there is no skin left on the orange at all.

That Loud Redhead said...

Oh my gosh, your kale analogy had me cracking up!!

Anna said...

I only add kale, spinach is the main ingredient. You are so great at worrying about nugget! I didn't and my daughter was just recommended for ate testing :) you are an amazing mom!

Denise said...

My husband has thrown in frozen broccoli or Cauliflower and if you blend it up good you really don't notice it's in there either.

Ashlee Christopher said...

150 pounds lost!!?? What?? This is incredible!! Keep up the great work you are doing fantastic and look stunning!
First time at your blog LOVE it!
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