An Experimental Vegetable Smoothie

Lookin' questionable.
Hello!

...It looks as though I haven't posted in a while. I suppose I've been too busy basking in the freedom of summer! That said, I haven't done all that much. I've just been working out, writing, working on music, cooking, and watching a whole lot of Doctor Who.

I'm using this period of freedom to recommit to a healthy lifestyle, to refocus on weight loss. If you check this blog regularly, you may have noticed my Weight Loss Progress thingy on the main page sidebar has been stuck at 185 lbs since March.

Ahem.

I was good the entire month of April, got to 184. Then I got sick at the beginning of May, had to take prednisone for a week. Ohhh, prednisone. I ate everything in the apartment, headed to my parents' house and raided their kitchen, then hit up some drive-thrus. The highest number I saw after this experience was 196. Awful.

So, yes. June is about getting back on track. As of last Friday's weigh-in, I'm back down to 186. Almost back to where I was in March. I'm so behind. I feel like I wasted a third of the year. Buuut I'm trying not to think about that. I'm trying to just go forward from here and do the best that I can. So far, so good.

Since I don't have any friends to hang out with or any spending money to use right now, when my morning workout and Bible study is complete, I end up wandering around the apartment, playing guitar, writing, wasting hours on Pinterest, doing some cleaning. With this laid back schedule, I have plenty of time to cook healthy meals (and no excuse for not doing so). This has led me to make smoothies for my lunch.

Now. Old me would say, "Uh...a smoothie for lunch? You mean for dessert, right? Surely not the actual meal?" But I've discovered they are surprisingly filling. I posted my Green Power Smoothie recipe on here a while back. Since then, I've been thinking... if raw spinach is that undetectable, what else could you sneak in a smoothie? And do you have to have all the sugary calories from the orange juice for it to still be drinkable? Today I used some of my free time to find out.

I rummaged through the kitchen and rounded up these items:


A banana, some chunks of fresh pineapple, frozen mango, a big handful of raw baby spinach, and yes, two carrots. Carrots. Two of them. (Though they are, admittedly, a tad scrawny for carrots.)

I bravely piled these in the blender and poured in some water.


...And I blended it. It took longer than usual for all the pieces to liquefy, but I kept going, and eventually, it came out looking like this:



And the verdict??? 100% drinkable. And tasty! It has a very tropical, fruity taste, just like the Green Power Smoothie. The only thing that could be improved, to me, would have been a colder temperature. You might want to toss an ice cube or two into the blender. But other than that, it was great. I'll definitely make it again!

I was really surprised when I calculated the nutrition information. Sadly, there's only 4 grams of protein, which is pretty insufficient for a meal. You can add chia seeds, flax seeds, and/or protein powder to make up for this, I guess, but those things are expensive. I'll be looking for other ways to add protein. But man. Well under 300 calories with 10 GRAMS OF FIBER. Yowza.

Here's the official deets:

Ingredients

1-2 raw carrots, sliced
2 cups raw spinach
1 banana, sliced
1 cup fresh pineapple
1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
1 cup water

Directions

Put everything in the blender and blend until smooth. Makes 1 smoothie.

Nutrition Information per serving

Calories: 267
Fat: <1 g
Fiber: 10
Carbs: 66
Sodium: 92
Protein: 4.5
Weight Watchers Points: 5
PointsPlus: 7

8 comments

Lacey said...

My mom and I have been trying all kinds of healthy smoothies lately! It's so fun to make them taste delicious but know that they are packed with good things. I use soy milk in mine instead of water -- it adds some flavor but amps up the protein quite a bit (7 grams in 8 oz). We will toss in some almonds too for extra protein.

I love using spinach, too! We also do kale sometimes, but I prefer the spinach. A lot of times I will freeze my bananas beforehand, that way they keep longer and they make the smoothie nice and cold without watering it down :)

Lacey said...

P.S. I feel your pain. I was doing well with losing weight too, but I have been at a standstill for over a month now. Ugh. Any tips for kicking the diet up a notch?!

srrraah said...

Yummmm! It might look gross but I've learned that doesn't make it taste gross. Adding pineapple was a great idea. :) Jennifer, you can totally do this weight loss thing! Look at where you started and where you are now, that's amazing! You've got this, girl! :)

Jennifer said...

Hey, those are some awesome ideas, seriously! I'll be giving those a try. I love almonds. :) I've never tasted kale, but I know it's becoming quite popular with the health-conscious folks. What does it taste like? Is it bitter?

Jennifer said...

Ugh! I know that's frustrating. What are you doing, currently? Have you tried counting calories? That's what really got me started losing weight. I joined SparkPeople. It's totally free, and they'll create a customized plan for you based on the information you enter.

Jennifer said...

Yay for tasty, healthy smoothies! :) You'd never guess something so ridiculously healthy could taste so good. Thank you so much for your kind, encouraging comment!

Lacey said...

Kale is slightly bitter, but not bad. I really don't eat it plain so I'm not totally sure haha. When you put it in a smoothie you really don't taste it :P but it's good!

Lacey said...

Yes, I was counting calories. That's the best way I've found to lose weight consistently. I slacked off a bit when we moved because it was too stressful, and I'm struggling to get back on the horse now! My biggest deal is exercising. I do NOT make it a priority and that is a huge deal. I use Livestrong myPlate for calorie counters, sounds similar to SparkPeople :)