Don’t you love the mild narcissism of blogging? Why would I assume anyone out there cares what I had for breakfast?
Anyway, it was this:
A lovely green smoothie. Inspired by the green monster movement. And yes, it is served in a pint glass. Hey, even if I can’t drink beer out of it, that doesn’t mean I’m not gonna enjoy my pretty glasses.
Since being diagnosed with IC, I haven’t been able to eat most fruits. I was never a big fruit eater to be honest, but I do try to eat healthy. Fruits and vegetables, however, is one area I fail miserably in. Five to nine servings a day? Please. I pat myself on the back when I get two. Limiting meat intake? Fine by mean. Eating whole grains? I knock that one out of the park. But fruits and veggies? I’m trying here; I’m trying.
It’s not that I don’t like fruits and veggies. I ate lots of veggies when I was in JVC. I learned to love squash, all kinds. Pumpkin, summer squash, spaghetti squash. Even things like turnips and beets grew on me. (Not literally. That would be weird. And like that Mrs. Piggle Wiggle story where the boy doesn’t shower and grows radishes). Root vegetables are great bang for your buck, by the way, cause they last. So if you don’t get around to eating them right away, you aren’t tossing them in the trash.
Anyway, since my available fruit consumption is limited to some apples, pears, and blueberries, I’m trying to be more intentional about making sure they get into my diet. And since, luckily, I can eat most all vegetables, I’m trying to really enjoy them!
Hence the Green Monster smoothie. This particular smoothie contains: handful of spinach, one big leaf of kale, 2/3 cup milk, 1 tbl ground flax seeds, half of an apple, one pear, 1/2 cup blueberries, and a bit of honey. I think that’s about half of my daily fruits and vegetables right there!
This smoothie is a little thick and not as sweet as other ones I’ve made. I blame my no-coffee addled morning brain for the addition of spinach and kale. I like the nuttiness the flaxseed gives it, but next time I’ll just do milk instead of water.
This is the recipe I prefer:
1 handful of kale
1/2 apple (I say half because the apples I bought last week were ginormous, so be your own judge!)
3/4 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup (or as needed) water.
This was a very sweet refreshing smoothie. Yumm.
A lot of my friends and family have told me that I’m being so brave, doing such a great job living with IC. I say phooey. Yes, I am trying to “make the best of it” by writing about yummy new finds like green monster smoothies. I’m not all starry eyed about this; I’d still take a cup of coffee any day if it wasn’t on the no-no list! But, in the words of the wise, “fake it till you make it!” That’s one of my resolutions for the month, to look at what God has given and let go of what he has taken away.
P.S. You can tell by that picture this won’t be one of those, “look at my great artwork and photography skills!” blogs. My apologies. I try.