I love the irony of this photo. I’ve never been a coffee drinker due to my supertaster status (tastes bitter to me), but I was definitely a caffeine-aholic for most of my adult life up until the middle of last year. After I learned about some of the concerns about drinking coffee, I got my husband to give it up, although he occasionally indulges in a decaf every once in awhile. The point is that now we fill his former coffee mugs with herbal teas and, in this case, a collard green smoothie.
The last dish I’ve made with collard greens were my Lentil Collard Wraps I made for Thanksgiving, you can read about them here. I want to eat more of them, though, because they don’t have as many oxalates as spinach or some other green leafy vegetables which makes the calcium unavailable in the body.
I’ve been experimenting with my green smoothie recipes lately to use different types of fruits and veggies. In this one, I left out bananas which made it a much thinner smoothie, but still very nice in flavor. Instead of the bananas, I used frozen peaches and mango along with hemp milk, dates and flaxmeal. Here’s the recipe:
- 4 cups cold water
- ¼ cup hemp seeds
- 1 large bunch of collard greens, leaves removed from stems (discard the stems or juice them) and steamed lightly (or you can use them raw)
- 1 cup each frozen peaches and frozen mango chunks
- 1 fresh ripe banana
- 4 large dates, pits removed
- 2 tablespoons flax meal
- 2 tablespoons hemp protein powder (optional)
- Combine hemp seeds and water and blend using a high-speed blender.
- Add frozen fruit, ripe banana, and collard greens and process on high to combine.
- Lastly, add dates, flax meal and protein powder (if using) and blend again. Serve cold.
I have been exercising a lot lately which is why I’ve started adding protein powder to some of my smoothies. It’s likely more of a psychosomatic thing than a real nutritional need, but I don’t use that much of it and I stay away from the soy protein isolates in favor of choices like hemp protein or brown rice protein.
I hiked this mountain last week!
Honestly, it looks harder than it is, there aren’t that many steep parts. Here I am about midway through:
I got to thinking how living a healthy lifestyle is kind of like climbing a mountain in that it appears steep and unapproachable, but it can be conquered one step at a time. I could go on with this analogy, but I’m sure you get what I’m saying. The reason I bring it up is because I often get comments from people who think that the way I eat is “too hard” or that I must spend all of my time in the kitchen. My response is that I just take it one day or meal at a time and that, like anything, I get out of it what I put into it. My health, both physical and mental, is one of my top priorities which means that I’ve built my life around maintaining it.
Where do you prioritize your health? Are you happy with where you are or are you trying to make healthy changes in your life?
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