Earlier this summer my mother introduced our family to a Vita-Mix Blender. Though, it was quite the investment- it was worth every cent! I use it at LEAST 3 times a day, for smoothies, soups, sauces, and many other things. Before the Vita-Mix, we rarely got our 5 fruits and veggies in a day- now we're right on target or more! I've never eaten healthier!
Now, why the green ice cubes? Because my husband and I are now addicted to Green Smoothies (it's the first way I've ever gotten him to eat a salad!!!). I puree the nutrient packed green stuff (currently, spinach and kale) ahead of time, and then freeze it into ice cubes to save some time in the mornings.
Sure, that doesn't sound very appetizing at first... but when you mix it with fruit, you can't even taste it-- and they are SOOOO good for you! After about 3 weeks of: 1 green smoothie a day, around 5 days a week- I FINALLY broke through a weight loss plateau that I had been stuck at for a YEAR AND A HALF!!! Exercise got me hooked on physical activity, running helped me lose some inches, but only green smoothies helped me drop the pounds. AND, the other thing I noticed-- is that my memory is clearer too. I was really worried that the MS was putting me on a downhill memory slope, and that was very scary.
Have you ever seen the commercial for cleaning wipes where the father and daughter are building a volcano in the white kitchen, and it explodes, leaving red everywhere?? That was me this morning, except green. (had to break up a frozen spinach square- it didn't exactly go as planned) All over the cupboards, all over the counters, all over me, in my hair and everything. I would have taken a picture, but, honestly, I was not a very happy camper at the time. Thinking back on it though... I wish I would have.
If anyone has any good green smoothie recipes, I'd love to try 'em out!
Our Basic Recipe:
1 head Romaine Lettuce
1 1/2 c. water (we like ours relatively thin)
1/2 c. Pomegranate Juice
4T Flaxseed Meal
Since this takes up the whole blender, blend first to make room, then add:
1 green apple
1 c. frozen strawberries
Blend and enjoy.
We usually split this, Scott getting a little more.