green smoothie?

Today I did a thing that, if you asked me several months ago, I would not be in favor of at all.

I would not be in favor of the flavor.

But lately my brain-wheels have been turning in a new way. After all, I love vegetables. I could sing the praises of my favorite cruciferous greens for an eternity (broccoli and brussels sprouts, obviously)

broccoli and brussels sprouts cartoon love

However, I always very much supported the fruit/veggie binary. I was content to keep them separate. It didn't make sense to combine them! Salad with fruit that everyone seems to love? Absolutely not. I don't want to eat a strawberry in the same bite as my lettuce/peppers/baby corn/etc. So naturally I found the idea of Green Smoothies very strange. When I drink a smoothie, I want to taste nice fruit and other related items blended together in a satisfying glob that you stick a straw in. I don't want to taste vegetables. I can eat those in other ways!

But today, I attempted to change my ways. I strolled over to the corner grocery store and purchased, among other things, a bunch of bananas and a container of baby spinach. I chopped up the bananas and froze them. The next morning, I placed in a blender

  • one frozen banana
  • some almond milk
  • a few globs of peanut butter
  • AND A HANDFUL OF SPINACH LEAVES!!!

I watched it as it blended. It slowly got greener and greener. Would everything around also become green? Would my carbon footprint shrink down to nothing? I was convinced the green had ruined the tasting-good part of the smoothie. Plus, I was not ready to become the kind of person who willingly inserts green liquids into their gullet, because the next step after that is probably pilates in the early morning and we know I'll never do that. I get winded climbing stairs.

a true blue green smoothie

Shutting my eyes, I took a sip. THIS SMOOTHIE TASTED EXACTLY LIKE A PEANUT BUTTER BANANA SMOOTHIE THAT HAD NO SPINACH IN IT.

baby spinach leaves

This was flabbergasting to me, but also explained why everyone drinks these things. I promptly drank the rest. It is just cheating! Green smoothies are magic, just like 3D printing.

I think I will make another one tomorrow.