Thirsty Thursday: Green Smoothie

I know what you're thinking. I'm thinking it, too. Have I honestly become one of THOSE people? You know, the ones who replace their morning coffee with green juice, and spend the rest of the day trying to convince themselves they're totally satisfied with drinking vegetables alone? And short answer, no. I haven't. But longer, slightly more complicated, and slightly hypocritical answer, maybe? Possibly? Read on:

Inspired by my sister dear, who's advice I cherish on everything from makeup reviews to youtube channels to follow, I recently started partaking in a morning smoothie. And yes, it is green. But no, it isn't (totally) terrible. And no, it hasn't replaced my coffee. That, you can pry from my cold dead, hands. I just figure, when it's winter time, and finding ways to break up all of the hearty pasta dishes with some vitamins here and there is difficult, this smoothie seems to do the trick. Plus, I've been feeling a tad under the weather lately and figured, "Can't hurt, might help." So here goes.

Every morning, while my french press is doing its thing, before I poach a couple of eggs and gobble them down on an avocado toast... I throw some vegetables into my blender and toss this sucker back. I vary it a bit from day to day, but typically the recipe is about 2 cups of dark leafy greens (spinach, which is less offensive, or kale, which is for when I'm feeling brave), topped with about 1/4 of a cucumber, 1/2 of a green apple, a handful of green grapes (which I keep in the freezer) and a splash of H2O to get it going. And, if I'm feeling extra spicy, a scant 1/2 teaspoon of grated ginger. Heck, I might even throw in a squeeze of lime. I know. Life on the edge.

After it's about the consistency of applesauce (which I don't mind, and have sort of come to like, in a strange, masochistic way) I pour it into a big glass and toss it back. It tastes, to be honest, basically like all of those ingredients combined. Which I know sounds dumb, but hear me out, you know how when you put strawberries and bananas and orange juice in a smoothie and it comes out tasting fabulous and magical, and oh-my-god where did this flavor come from?? Yeah, that doesn't happen here. It tastes exactly like everything you put in it. Which again, maybe isn't a bad thing. Maybe? I dunno, I'm trying here. The point is, it tastes healthy, and sometimes, that's what you need.

A note here about your produce. This is one of the very few times I'll get on a high horse about using organic produce (seeing as I'm not actually Gwyneth Paltrow. I know, news flash.) But since you'll be using skins and all - mmm, vitamins - you won't want any unnecessary chemicals going into your smoothie. Honestly, I don't claim to know exactly what all of these things do for you, but I will say at the very least, the placebo effect of drinking a green smoothie every morning has got me feeling great. Or, a little less guilty about the pizza that I religiously consume three nights a week. You dig? Good. I knew you would. x