1 Cakes & Louie: Go Green

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Go Green

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Words I never thought I would say, #247:
I made a smoothie with a crap ton of spinach in it, and it was absolutely delicious.
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That's right - I made a "green" smoothie, otherwise known as a "green monster" among blogs and pinterest. And seriously people, it was GOOD.

With 2 cups of spinach plus banana, strawberries, an orange and some greek yogurt, this thing is insanely healthy and one serving packs in more fruits and veggies than I usually consume in a day. I followed a recipe from "Two Peas & Their Pod" because it was the simplest one I found online and I figured that was a good place to start, and I could not be happier with the results. Maria's proportions filled 2 mason jars - I put one in the fridge overnight and it was perfect for breakfast on the go this morning, and the other is in the freezer waiting to be popped in the fridge for the next day. I think I'll make another batch tonight before my strawberries go bad, and freeze both servings for after workout classes this weekend. Based on looking at the comments of Maria's post, it looks like playing around with ingredients is fairly foolproof, and would likely help keep me from getting bored with the same thing day after day. Regardless, the base of a mild green like spinach brings in a crazy amount of nutrients and I promise that besides the color you would never even know that's what's in there. It genuinely just tastes like a great, refreshing smoothie! And, potentially the best part? I had my smoothie at 8:30 this morning and now at just 5 minutes til noon I am NOT completely starving already like I usually am from about 10:30 on.

In other food news, this is my lunch (and snacks) for today:

Full disclosure - I pigged out on a bacon cheeseburger and a few teriyaki chicken wings with my father in law last night, so I'm obviously not depriving myself of indulging in delicious unhealthy food or anything. But, I feel good about eating much better overall and it's incredible how much more energy I have throughout the day when I'm not wolfing down potato chips or french fries at lunch.


  1. Hi Kelly!!! This is my version of a green smoothie. 3 handfuls spinach, 1 apple, peeled, 1 orange, peeled, a little orange juice and 1/2 cup greek yogurt. Yours looks great!

    1. YUM. Thanks Jennifer! I definitely want to start experimenting with different variations of this now that I have a good base down. I like yours because it doesn't require strawberries, which are SO expensive right now and go bad so quickly! And I definitely think I'll stick with greek yogurt over regular - I've never liked yogurt and I feel like the greek has less of a sour flavor, even when it's just that little bit mixed in there.