If you’re a supertaster like myself, you probably find most veggies bitter and unpalatable. Three years ago I became a pescetarian (think seafood + vegetarian diet), with the hopes that by starving myself of non-seafood meat, I would miraculously develop a love for veggies. Wrong! Really what I became was a cheesatarian with a diet of cheese and beans. A bed of lettuce and some steamed cabbage, broccoli and carrots was probably as adventurous as I would get. And on occasion Jamaican callaloo was a nice treat, though that’s much harder to find fresh.
Fast forward three years, I’ve called it quits on that diet, accepting the fact that my taste buds just cannot tolerate most things veggies. And my theory that starving myself of one type of food would increase my desire for another was a major fail. So I’m now a flexitarian, yes, just eating whatever I perceive to be healthy and desirable whenever… yes i’m now just back to being picky with a ‘healthy’ twist.
So now what for the veggies? I’ve decided to drink most of them, really, really fast. And that’s where the smoothie movement comes in. Now I’m no stranger to smoothies. I’m the queen of homemade smoothies and I pretty much drink one almost every day, mostly fruits and never veggies. So I’ve decided to challenge myself to creatively find ways to mask the veggies (and fruits) I oh-so-need-but-hate, starting off with the green ones. You’ve probably seen many of the green smoothie challenges a combo: leafy greens, some fruit, a liquid-base and optionally some superfood. Now I’m not on this challenge per say (I’m aiming for lifetime instead of 30 days) but I’ve found recipe inspirations from others doing it. And (just by coincidence) I’m starting this feat on New Year’s Day. Today’s made up concoction was:
1/4 cucumber (which I have hated since the beginning of time)
1/2 cup broccoli (which I never eat crunchy)
3 strawberries (with stem on)
1/2 cup pineapple
Water (to cover)
1/4 cup pine nuts (good for iron)
1 tablespoon superfood (Optional) – (I used an organic mix of chia, goji, cocoa and maca powder
And voila, the not-so-appealing-to-the-eye end result.
Definitely not as awesome as my usual yogurt smoothies, but much easier on the tastebuds than the raw veggies, and arguably (as my “blender” promises) more nutritious than if I had chewed the veggies. One tip, add some ice cubes either before or after you blend it. Its much ‘better’ when chilled, trust me.
Drink up to your heath and share some of your favorite recipes below! I’ll ‘attempt’ to try em. Happy New Year!