Every once in a while I will realize that I haven’t been eating enough green vegetables and will really start to crave them. That’s been the case recently. I just want to eat all of the green vegetables I can get…including for breakfast!
So, the other day, when I woke up feeling a definite craving for a green something and didn’t have my favorite breakfast vegetable (zucchini, I love to make it like this for breakfast) I remembered Elana’s recent recipe for a green smoothie…
She called it a Greena Colada This simple recipe uses cucumber and parsley with pineapple. It was very refreshing and just right for this vegetable deprived lady! My daughter didn’t really like the parsley taste, though she bravely tried to like it since I did. I think if I make it again, I will leave out most of the parsley for her portion.
What was different about this green smoothie was the lack of thyroid suppressing raw greens that you usually associate with “green smoothies”. Most green “smoothiers” I know use raw spinach or kale in their smoothies. Since I do eat raw sauerkraut, I try not to overdo it with raw cruciferous vegetables. ( I’ve known some to simple cook the greens for smoothies so that they would be “thyroid safe”, by the way.)
So I love the idea of using cucumbers and parsley! I am wondering if I can sneak a cucumber into a regular smoothie. It’s worth a try!
It reminded me that the Body Ecology site had also posted some tips for making green smoothies. These ones are really green smoothies, as they don’t have any fruit. Their creation sounded interesting as well, also using cucumbers with the addition of basil and green beans, among other things! I may be brave and try it.
What about you? Do you do green smoothies? Do cucumbers sound a bit much for you, or would you try it?