It’s delicious, and it makes me feel good all day
By Faith Maloney
“You ate what for breakfast?”
It’s a comment I hear a lot if I happen to confess that I try to have a green smoothie first thing every morning. The smoothie part seems to go over fine but when I say I add several ounces of kale, chard or spinach to the mix I see the faces screw up as if I had said I eat raw onions like apples.
In fact, green smoothies are wonderful. They set you up for the day by providing a good balance of raw nutrients that your body needs to do its thing.
I first read about them in a wonderful book called Eat to Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. To be honest, I was skeptical. After all, who wants to eat that many raw vegetables?
But, in fact, the green smoothie is a great way to pack in your daily recommended fruit and vegetable servings in one fell swoop. Of course, as a whole foods vegan I’ll be eating more.
I tend to do the same things most days, but I know others use the green smoothie as a way to experiment with different fruit and veggie flavors. I usually peel a small orange or a kiwi fruit, add a small frozen banana (it’s a great use for those black mark bananas on sale at your local grocery store), a cup of blueberries, a tablespoon of ground flax seed and some pomegranate juice. On top of that, I pile kale, chard or spinach. It does help to have a high powered blender like a Vitamix or Blendtec.
A quick whirr, and it all comes out a sort of purpley color because of the blueberries. I love it. I can actually hear my cells giving a whoopsie-do as it comes on down. “Now this I can use,” I hear them say.
A side benefit from eating a whole foods vegan diet, apart from the fact that you won’t be hurting any animals, is that I find I’m no longer getting sick from the usual ailments that seem to afflict most people.
Try it. You might like it.
Faith Maloney, one of the founders of Best Friends Animal Society, is a practicing whole foods vegan. She stopped eating animal-based foods many years ago – initially for ethical reasons, but also because she’d been learning the benefits of eating a whole-foods plant-based diet to protect her health. A win-win situation.