Green — it is the color of money.
Green — means go.
Green — is good for the environment.
At last count, there were over one hundred and forty seven thousand green smoothie recipes available on-line! If you have not yet joined the movement, you may be wondering what all of the hype is about. After having a green smoothie almost every day for the past four months, I feel that I am eminently qualified to make a few observations.
My first observation is that they have not improved my eyesight. Nor have they improved my skin, hair, fingernails, stamina, flexibility, strength or quite frankly, anything else that I have noticed. Maybe you will have better results, but please don’t think that they are a panacea for all people.
My second observation is that I consume considerably more fruits, raw oats and green leafy vegetables than I did previously. I am also eating vastly more chia seeds, hemp seeds, hemp seed oil, and raw honey than I did previously. Hopefully, the added nutrients are making beneficial changes to my health. I don’t have a good way of measuring those changes, however and I don’t make any claims in this regard.
Are green smoothies a reason to run out and buy a Blendtec or Vitamix? That is a personal decision we must all make, and depends a lot on how you feel about spending $400-$600 on a blender. That said, I love my Blendtec and feel it was money well spent.* Plus, it does a very nice job of liquifying my greens. If money is tight, I suggest TRYING your current blender. If it makes a smoothie you enjoy, look no further. If it makes a chunky smoothie that is difficult to drink, then take the plunge and try it out from a seller with a forgiving return policy.
For me, I enjoy the green smoothie. I enjoy seeing a large pitcher of fruits and vegetables turning into a nutritious drink. I love knowing I am getting a ton of vitamins and fiber that would otherwise be lacking from my diet. I find the bright green color and even the occasional “brown” or “purple” that comes about from adding blueberries to the mix, to be soothing.
I admit it, I take satisfaction in liquifying a half-cup of uncooked rolled oats and drinking them through a straw along with a banana, a handful of strawberries 4 large leaves of raw kale (something I could never tolerate by itself) and some water.
*The primary reason I love my blender is because I can’t cut myself on its blades while cleaning it (the Blendtec has a dull blade). And because the base does not come off, meaning I need not worry about taking it apart for cleaning and seeing the slime that accumulates on or under the o-ring of a traditional blender. The combination of never bleeding and not seeing blender scum is worth the money to me.