Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Greens for Grandma

 I'm a huge fan of the green breakfast smoothie. Not only because it makes me feel really good to eat vegetables for breakfast, but because it reminds me of my Grandma Lois who lived to be 100.
She used to blend Dandelion greens in water and drink it straight, yo. Not even a sweetener to chase it down with! Now that's hardcore. 
Her other keys to health and longevity were a daily dose of Cod liver oil, sodium-free foods, and only eating meat in the winter. She died in February of 2011. I think about her all the time, mostly because I do a lot of things that remind me of her, like blending green stuff up in the blender and drinking it. Only I add sweetener. My Grandma didn't have Pinterest growing up, but if she did, she might've loved collecting recipes for green smoothies, like me. 
I printed out this Green Smoothie Formula and taped it onto my kitchen cupboard. It's been a lot of fun concocting different smoothie recipes by following this guide: 

You seriously can't go wrong with this! I've thrown some really odd sounding ingredients together in the blender, yet everytime my smoothies come out tasting delicious!
The other day I added:
 2 cups water, a handful of spinach, a handful of zucchini chunks, 1 frozen banana, 1 green pear, 1 Tbs of Peanut butter, 2 Tbs of soy protein powder, 1 Tbs of flax seed, 1 tsp stevia, and 1 tsp vanilla extract. 
I blended til smooth, then found myself in super-smoothie heaven. MMMMmmmmmm.

**This next ones for you, Grandma! Maybe someday I'll even be brave enough to try Dandelion greens.

1 comment:

The Estrogen Files said...

Dandelion greens are good as salad, too. Make sure you only use the young, tender ones. We made that mistake once.