You probably won’t believe me, but I swear I didn’t even mean to wear green today.
When I got into work and saw all my greenified coworkers, including a guy in a full kilt, I just pretended to be on my game. Erin go bragh! Etc. etc.
I was thinking about St. Patty’s day yesterday though–like so many of my fellow bloggers, I thought it was the perfect occasion to drink a green smoothie (I mean, in lieu of beer).
I’ve been wanting to try Kimberly Snyder‘s Glowing Green Smoothie ever since I started listening to her podcast and hearing her reference something called “GGS.” This is a super suuuuper green-filled smoothie designed to perk up your skin, boost energy, aid in weight loss, etc.
I’ve been on the hunt for a nutrient-dense breakfast substitute lately, mainly because I’m not that impressed with my current sugar-loaded granola and almond milk habit. And my skin could really use some perking up. I’d love to go back to drinking Shakeology, but the $$ is pretty daunting.
Anyway, Kimberly’s concoction has gotten rave reviews on the internet over the past few years, so I had to find out what it was all about. I was a little skeptical about the ingredients–I mean, an ENTIRE HEAD of Romaine, 3-4 stalks of celery, cilantro, AND parsley? How could a few measly fruits cover up all that potent green taste?
To be clear, I wasn’t coming into this expecting the thing to taste like a mint milkshake. Since I was mostly interested in the health benefits, I was willing to put up with less-than-stellar flavor just to get the nutrition.
But guys…I seriously could not even choke it down. First of all, it was the consistency of pesto, with gritty little pieces of green things that get stuck in your teeth. Then, mine ended up tasting like pure cilantro, even after I added a second banana AND some orange juice. (One possible problem is that the recipe was pretty vague about amounts…I mean, “1/3 bunch”?).
So now I have a freezer lined with Cilantro Bombs I don’t know if I’ll ever drink:
Optimism tells me that I might be able to doctor them up somehow (milk? honey? berries?), but Reality tells me that I’ll be too scared to try. Help!
This version from Anne at Fannetastic Food looks about 1000 times better–and let me just take a moment to say MAJOR UPS to Anne for using sweetened vanilla almond milk, which is clearly the best kind. I get so tired of bloggers calling for unsweetened in their recipes. Stop being so perfect! Haha.
While we’re on the green train: I also recommend Jess from Blonde Ponytail’s Lucky 7’s workout. Because you can’t look me in the eye and tell me you don’t love a good themed workout.
In an attempt to recover from my smoothie experiment, I tried making Mason a much-less-green smoothie of coconut milk, spinach, and frozen berries. He refused it, as he tends to do, but looked pretty cute in the process anyway.
I WILL get this kid to eat veggies. I WILL get this kid to eat veggies.
I even roasted some sweet potatoes and apples in oil and cinnamon (DELICIOUS) but they were met with the same fate. Rejected by the Pickiest Kid on Earth (Who Can’t Eat That Many Foods to Begin With).
The liquid multivitamin I’ve been giving him lately makes me feel a teeny, tiny bit better. I mean, kid needs to get SOME nutrition or I’ll have to rename my whole blog. (Haha–convenient that I’m doing that anyway.)
Well, better get back to it–Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
The big Q: how the heck do you get picky kids to eat veggies?
Eaten/done anything green today?