My latest obsession has been making smoothies from spinach. With my diet that I was on, I have been going to the grocery store like mad and having trouble keeping track of what we have and what we don't. As a result, I ended up with a whole extra giant bag of spinach. Hmm, what to do with it before it went bad? I had so much of it, that I figured I might as well try out some green smoothie recipes. Since my diet doesn't allow dairy, I was at a loss for where to start. Thankfully, I was able to just put "dairy free green smoothie" into Google, and come up with a winner on my first shot! Here is the first recipe that I used:
Green Slime Smoothie
2 cups frozen spinach, 2 cups frozen strawberries, 1 banana, 1/2 cup ice, 2TBS honey
We didn't have strawberries, so I substitued 1 cup fresh raspberries and 1 cup fresh blueberries, that I froze myself.
It makes quite a bit, and if you eat the whole thing, it is a lot of fruit to throw down at once. It says it serves 4, but I am not sure if I didn't smash my spinach enough, but I didn't quite get 4 servings, and Soren and I ate the whole thing between us. I have since modified it a bit to use the same spinach, but half of the fruit, and I switched to buying the pre-frozen fruit. Then, I decided that I should add some whey protein. I have been using EAS chocolate whey, and it is SOOO GOOD! It is brown, but not super chocolately. It is pretty thick, sort of the consisitency of a frosty, so I feel like I am having a milkshake, although it is super healthy. I bet it would taste awful compared to a real milkshake, but with the diet I am on, it tastes heavenly! I am able to eat the whole batch, and I think it is around 350 calories or so. It really fills me up, so it is like a meal. I have been having them as my mid afternoon snack, and I am able to eat a smaller dinner. Doesn't it look, um, healthy?
I am thinking my next experiment will be to double the banana, skip the berries, and perhaps add some peanut butter? Maybe a bit more ice? I plan to keep the spinach though. I feel like if I get it ground up really small, I don't even notice it. I am a bit worried about my blender's health. It is not meant to do this type of blending with no added liquid. We'll see how long it lasts. I did FINALLY get those tires that I had needing so badly (for a year), and that set us back a huge chunk of change. I went the convenient route, not the cheapest, but honestly, it wasn't that much more expensive. We also got to check out these cool vehicles that were also being serviced:
1966 Ford Shelby Mustang
I had to take the car home and get Keira before we could get the new tires, but during the oil change part I also took Soren on a stroller run, in the WIND Holy Cow! I was really excited for the opportunity to run on Old La Grange road with Soren since I would be starting at my usual turnaround spot, and not need to worry about running on the bypass with him, until I got into the wind. I did start on the better end, since I ran into the wind first. I ran a total of 5 miles, 2.5 miles out and back, into the wind, and then with the wind, with the stroller. My first 2.5 took me 23 minutes, and my second 2.5 took only 20! I was practically chasing the stroller on the way back! I wa