If you’ve been following along in my blog here, I found Green for Life in July ’09 and decided to drink a green smoothie a day for a month to see what happens. The only thing I can tell so far is that my skin has improved greatly — no more overly dry skin. I think my digestion has improved, but I’ll need to test it. I have a doctor’s appointment in a few weeks so I’ll check to see how it improved my blood sugar (I’m ‘pre-diabetic’) and cholesterol levels (should be taking statins) — and hopefully my next MRI results. The only bad thing that has happened was all my test subject — ok, two family members — whom I tested my green smoothies on would not drink them.
I’m not sure why my two lab rats volunteers didn’t like them, and there was nothing I could do to get them to drink the green smoothie I had made. (Think Dr. Seuss’ ‘Green Smooties and Ham’ — except without the Ham) There was a sort of whole body reaction to seeing, sniffing them — like when you touch an electric fence. You’re curious — but then… you got too close: ZAP!
After more than three months eating vegan, I guess my tongue’s taste buds really have changed. It’s made it a little difficult eating out — like absolutely no fast food. I simply refuse to eat at any fast food chains ‘cuz the food is known to be toxic (see “Food, Inc”, “Supersize Me”, “King Corn”, etc.) In any case, if I have to choose between fast food and no food, I’ll opt for a hand full of almonds from the gas station store.
I guess green smothies will turn you into a mutant militant plant-love’n crazy who won’t eat at “In & Out”. So if this sounds like something you want to get involved in here’s my current green smoothie recipe. Oh, I forgot to say they really are good for you. Here’s the recipe:
In a blender combine in this order:
- coconut milk (or any milk like rice milk, hemp milk, almond milk — just not cow milk)
- half a bunch of kale
- half a head of red leaf lettuce
- half a head of romaine lettuce
- a handful of watercress
- Vega Complete Whole Food Health Optimizer (1 scoop)
- frozen banana
- frozen berries (strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, etc)
- dates and agave nectar to sweeten to taste