Monday, January 2, 2012

My first full-day as a Vegan- a green smoothie

After researching tons...and I mean tons of breakfast recipes that are vegan friendly I was intrigued by the idea of green smoothies.  A green smoothie is a smoothie that contains leafy greens and really is green!  I bought various frozen fruits (berries, peaches and mango), fresh fruits, a bunch of baby spinach and some juice so I could concoct a green smoothie.  The thought of drinking spinach for breakfast was not at all appealing but hey if I'm going to make a change I might as well try new things along the way.  My diet would be pretty restricted if I only took foods away!

The recipe I finally created after much inspiration was as follows:

1/2 cup frozen mango chunks

2 cups baby spinach-I started to take the stems off and then gave up-you couldn't tell as the entire thing blended up and turned to liquid

1 banana

about 1/2 cup 100% Peach juice-you  may need more depending on the consistency you like.

I threw all of the above ingredients in the blended and let it whirl.

The end result was amazing!!  I couldn't drink the whole thing it was that filling.  I tasted no spinach and I honestly wouldn't have even known it was there if I hadn't added it myself.  A (our 3 year old) true to form was excited to try this new food (I know she's strange!) and almost drank a full 6 oz. as a second breakfast.

To start this healthy lifestyle off on the right foot we all went on a 2 mile family walk.  It was enjoyable despite our wild puppy who has no idea how to walk on the leash properly.  I think my elbow got just as much of a workout from being pulled by 60 pounds of dog.

Now I'm off to make Vegan meatballs out of lentils :)

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