I'm almost done chugging the 7-cup pitcher of green smoothie I made this morning. We were given a blender for our wedding, and I had the bright idea to start using it. I'm not a picky eater. I love vegetables. But I'm horrible about cooking/making them regularly. I hate hate hate buying produce only to subsequently throw it out because it wasn't prepared soon enough. I don't subscribe to the anti-carb fad. But I do know I should eat more green stuff than I do. We eat a lot of carbs and protein just because they store better in the pantry.
The other week there was a whole bag of watercress that I meant to put in my noodle salad but ultimately didn't. There were other left-overs from my Asian-fusion fest too: vanilla ice cream, shriveling strawberries, browning bananas. I broke out the blender and threw it all in: the ice cream, the fruit, the watercress + a pinch of ginger powder. It was surprisingly palatable. What was really interesting was how un-noticeable the watercress was. I waited until Ryan left the kitchen and crammed a fistful in the blender before he could get grossed out. It left a very subtle aftertaste of horseradish. Very subtle.
Inspired, I bought more bananas, two big bags of frozen fruit, plain Greek yogurt, and a big tub of fresh spinach leaves. The spinach definitely colors the smoothie, but spinach is so mild tasting . . . if you can taste it at all. I confess: I'm biased against smoothies for the same reason I was biased against Trader Joe's and Downton Abbey. They're too popular. But maybe if it'll get me to eat better, I'll get over it.