To Alex -

To Alex...who is far away in person, but never far from my heart. I miss you. Enjoy these snippets of everyday family life here in the states.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

I was envious/jealous.

I admit it, and it's all YOUR fault. See, I've been following along on the Green Smoothie Challenge while all of you wrote these fabulous posts, showed me delicious looking drinks and posted amazing recipes. Aaand, you were raving about them. Some of my favorite reads, like Beauty That Moves and Shivaya Naturals and Salt and Chocolate, really went all out and made me crave them. You were out there in blogland enjoying something so delicious and I was being left out. Soooo, I finally broke down and made myself one, and you know what? It was horrible, like ick, choke it down and keep it down horrible. Ewww, that couldn't possibly be right. None of you are crazy enough to keep drinking something that awful tasting. It wasn't your recipes. It was me, wanting to be creative and make my own version, but not knowing what I was doing. By the way, I have a cooking rule that I broke and this is exactly the reason I have this rule. Always make a recipe according to the directions the first time so I know what it tastes like before I go making changes. Good rule.

So, I went back and tried some of the posted recipes, and only then did I try my hand at my own recipe, with great success too. Now, may I please present to you (drum roll please), Lily's Half Smoothie. This is one for the books. This one tastes as delicious as it looks. You may notice I borrowed liberally from each of you ladies, but  I don't think you'll mind because I'm just helping to share more of the goodness. It's called the half smoothie because it uses a half cup or a half piece of everything. haha...clever I am!

1/2 Cara Orange or 1/2 cup pink grapefruit
1/2 banana
1/2 cup mango
1/2 cup pineapple
2 1/2 cup tightly packed collard greens and/or kale
1 1/2 teas. Agave Syrup
1 cup cold water

Load everything into the blender in the order listed (so you don't burn out the blender) and whirl until it's all blended and bright green. Pour yourself a delicious glass and sip til your heart's content.

Oh my heavenly goodness. Now I know what all the fuss was about. I'm a total convert to Green Smoothies.


  1. YUM! that smoothie sounds delicious!

  2. Oh, I am laughing. Finn and I enjoyed a super tasty smoothie today and the thought ran through my head "it would be inappropriate to post that I just don't understand the green smoothie challenge!" Putting all kinds of weird things into smoothies is something I have been doing for awhile. Some successes, some failures, but Finn slurps them right up, so I keep at it. But to force it daily and have to make them come out green? I don't get it....
    (But don't tell anyone I said that!)
    ps. thanks for sharing your recipe. sounds tasty!

  3. This is awesome! I have honestly seen such a difference in myself after drinking them consistently for the past few months. I try and make mine with a good amount of fruit, so that it is not like drinking grass, and your recipe is on the list for tomorrow morning :)