Green smoothies, or at least the ones that include kale. I don’t like the taste of them. I don’t like the feeling of ‘suffering’ to be healthy because in all honesty, I just don’t find them delicious and I don’t see the point in yucky food because that’s where guilts, deprivation and binging will often come in. I also don’t feel like it sits well with me. It feels hard on my digestion and while experts are polarised on whether raw kale is a good thing or not, I believe it’s up to the individual to be empowered with their own decision making when it comes to how different foods make you feel. Give me kale in a soup, cracker, chip or stew and I am in love! This is definitely not a kale bashing, just a raw kale one. This is also not me telling you, you shouldn’t like it. I like this easy explanation about various ‘greens’ to add to green smoothies with weigh ups on benefits, from my friend Kate Johnston, nutritionist and naturopath.
This is such a perfect example of not obeying every piece of advice or health craze as if it were taking us to the promised land. This is YOUR health and wellbeing journey, not mine or any other health writer, Dr or practitioner’s. Your body always tells you the truth and it can take a long time to realise that you are your best guide as to ultimately whether something is working for you or not.
So, do I drink green smoothies at all? Yes! Here’s my favourite, gentle and delicious take on a green smoothie doing the rounds at my house at the moment.
Take the following…
1 fresh coconut, flesh and water
1 big handful each of fresh mint, coriander and parsley
Place all in high powdered blend for at least 30 seconds, until very smooth and no chunks. (Thermomix Speed 9 30 seconds)
Optional add ins are a tsp of a green super blend, linseeds and / or chia seeds or a tablespoon of liquid chlorophyll.
Do you enjoy green smoothies? What are your favourite ingredients?
Read my post on what to watch out for when ‘drinking’ a meal or snack here.
Real Food. Happy Bodies.