I was living in London in February. It was cold and I hadn’t seen the sun in about three weeks which means I had been spending a lot more time in the pub than my liver and I had originally anticipated. I was feeling tired, sluggish and felt that my brain needed some brain food. I and knew it was time to do something about it.

I had seen a lot about cleansing tea, (read about my experience with it here) but one of my friends had been pushing the idea of green smoothies on me. She drank one every day and swore by it. I had a blender sitting around and thought I would give it a try.

I liked the idea of being able to get half of my fill of veg in one hit during the morning. The American Diabetes Society recommends at least 3 to 5 serves of non starchy vegetables per day, (1 serve is 1/2 a cup of cooked veg or 1 cup of raw) but notes, the more the better. After some initial research, I went to the store and gathered together some supplies for my experiment.

I came up with a few cool recipes (these are the better of the lot I drank over those two weeks).

Green Smoothie Recipe Ideas

It ain’t easy being green

½ avocado

1 cup almond milk

1/4 cup celery

1/4 cup kale

1/4 cup rocket

Notes: Avocados give it a creamy kind of texture that a smoothie should have. I was a bit weird about putting milk in with this, I don’t know why, it just seemed weird so I found a few things that helped out.

 

The Green Pineapple

½ avocado

1 cup almond milk

1/2 cup kale

1/2 banana

A few grapes

 

The green nut

1/2 Apple

1/4 cup Kale

1 cup Almond milk

1/2 Avocado

 

The Results

The results… I and stuck with it for a while however, my guy HATED ME for it. Every time I drank the smoothie my gut would give me hell back for punishing it so. I would feel bloated and sore for an hour. I liked to think that it was cleaning out the gunk… which it might have been but I went through a lot of pain for it.  I decided that it was time to give up after almost two weeks with the same results.

The common sense me notes that it’s probably just better to eat everything you put in the smoothie rather than trying to slam it in liquid form. I did exactly that, I chopped up everything that I would put into the green smoothie and ate it. The result there was no pain, just as many veggies and the same amount of work. I ended up tossing  them in a container and munching on them during the day at my desk.

I will say, if you have a long commute or struggle to get your fill of veggies during the day and you don’t get the pains I did, it might be and amazing alternative, particularly if you are trying to cut down on coffee. It also makes a great substitute to granola bars that are high in sugar or sugar packed cereals.

Overall, this one was not worth the effort however, it did make me think about vegetables a lot more than I had before and I am now eating a lot more of them.