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Green Smoothies For All!

Today I walked into my office with the following.

A large Trader Joe’s bag filled with green-smoothie-making supplies!

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Included was a Vita-Mix, a half-gallon bag of spinach, 12 oz. of almond milk, 2 frozen bananas, the juice of a lemon (with a splash of vanilla included, so I didn’t have to bring the bottle), a few frozen cherries, cinnamon, and a bottle of NuNaturals Stevia.

I was one of the first people in the office this morning, so I immediately got to work! One of my co-workers watched me throw the smoothie together, and she was fascinated by the pretty green color. She was also impressed by the Vita-Mix tamper— it’s my favorite part of my blender, for sure! I used everything I brought, as well as 2 big handfuls of ice–> I like my smoothies to be almost slushie-like. After a quick taste-test, I decided I should probably make the smoothie a little sweeter than I’m used to for the newbies, so I added 6 drops of liquid stevia. Upon tasting it again, it was perfect.

I passed the smoothie out in little taster cups, so that no one would feel bad about tossing it if they didn’t like it!

Fortunately, EVERYONE who tried it liked it!

Whew.

Having everyone enjoy the smoothie was a big relief. The only comment I got was that they’d like a lid for their cups so they didn’t have to see the weird green color! Ha ha. I had contemplated bringing blueberries, to cover up the green color, but then I figured, I might as well go all out and let them see what they’re drinking. My boss even told me that he hates spinach, and he couldn’t tell it was in there!

Before long, the whole pitcher was devoured.

In fact, my boss even came into my office later, wondering if there was any leftovers!

I feel really lucky that I have open-minded co-workers. Surprising, too, since most of them are men– Midwestern, meat-loving men at that!

Just goes to show, you never know what you’re going to like. Even if it is a scary color.

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Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter

That is AWESOME that you made the smoothie for your co-workers. I know that my studio would probably get freaked out. But then again they are a bunch of 19 and 20 year olds 😉 haha.

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)

“since all but one of them were men– and Midwestern, meat-loving men at that! “—when i met scott 12 yrs ago, that would be him. Now, he’s a high raw veggie. Not fully bc when he’s on the road traveling for work, he eats what is served, incl chicken, meat etc…BUT…it goes to show you that a guy who thought iceburg lettuce was a veggie will now drink green smoothies, eat kale chips, and call zuke noods, pasta.

Your method of hauling your vita is very clever! Every now and then i want to tote mine but it’s so heavy (and risky! $$ ) hauling it around!

Becki @ Hike, Bike, Eat

My cousin tried my Monsta, but the color freaked her out too much to finish it :(. I wish I’d thought of lids too!

Pure2raw twins

So glad to hear everyone at your office is liking green smoothies!!! That is awesome ; )

Rachel (Two Healthy Plates)

That’s so cool that everyone was so open-minded about trying a green smoothie! My coworkers always make funny comments and think I’m crazy when I bring my green smoothies to meetings. Two of them tried it, and loved it but I don’t think anyone else in the office would try it!

Holly @ couchpotatoathlete

I’m so glad your coworkers liked the smoothies! I remember the first time I made it for my husband, he was nervous but loved it “I can’t taste the spinach at all” well duh! 🙂

I’m in a food rut too. I hope you get some good ideas!

Paula

I have so many favorite healthy recipes it’s hard for me to pick just one! Let’s see…. how about the one I made last night! Actually I made two last night, so why not both!

Ok, for lunch today I made my new favorite salad. I LOVE bbq chicken chopped salad, which can be made healthy, but I made an even healthier vegan/allergen free/proper food combined version: Toss mixed greens, halved grape tomatoes, and jicama (if you like it) with gluten free, dairy free, ranch dressing. In a separate bowl combine raw corn (cut off the cob), black beans and a little diced red onion with your fav healthy bbq sauce, add some fresh ground black pepper too. Top the greens with the bbq mixture, toss very lightly. Adding grated goat cheddar would be awesome but then it wouldn’t be properly combined, but sometimes, you just gotta have a little cheese with your beans!

And for dinner tonight and whenever else this week I don’t have time and just need a quick already prepared meal – Mushroom Quinoa makes awesome leftovers! I love it and its pretty easy too. Saute in butter or olive oil some diced onion, sliced shitake mushrooms and fresh garlic, season with salt and pepper (I like adding some rehydrated mixed wild mushrooms too and use the soaking liquid for half of the broth required). Then stir in a cup of rinsed quinoa (best to have let it soak a few hours) then add two cups of vegetable broth, bring to a boil, reduce to simmer, cover and cook 15 minutes. Fluff with a fork and its ready to go! One additional thing I like to do sometimes is chop up some red chard and throw it in there to steam for the last 5 minutes of cooking – then fluff it all together and its super colorful and you get in some greens 🙂

Enjoy!

Nicole @ Making Good Choices

That really is amazing you brought that into work! I have some open coworkers, but I can’t imagine then having that. The fact my husband will have one sometimes makes me feel accomplished!
My favorite healthy recipe is quinoa stuffed peppers, or even homemade hummus. I’m basically obsessed with that.

eatmovelove

What did you put in the smoothies?! Crazy workers 🙂

Fav healthy recipe? Where to begin? Anything with vegetables, some type of protein/meat, squash, sweet potatoes, spaghetti sauce and cheese! YEP, all together, yum! 🙂

Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans

I knew your coworkers would enjoy them…what’s not to like right?

I am not a fan of tanning beds. I used to use them but read one to many stories about young women with cancer and stoped altogether.

Holly

I just made your Quinoa Veggie Pilaf, I LOVE IT! One of my new favorites!

lynn @ the actors diet

glad to hear everyone likedthesmoothies!itcouldgohorriblwrongwiththecolor!

Maria

I want to try making them. I’m researching blenders right now. Not sure if I should get a juicer or a blender.

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