^ 1 cup of baby spinach, 3 bananas, 1 apple, 4 strawberries and a handful of blueberries.

A couple of weeks ago, I attended a half-day workshop run by the Love Life Laughter Academy on how to make raw chocolate and raw chocolate desserts. The Academy promotes raw food living as a way of life and conducts classes to teach people how to prepare raw food. A friend saw that this workshop was on Groupon and asked me to join her. I thought – why not? Have an open mind and I may learn something.

After attending the class, I still wasn’t sold on the idea of raw food living. I am aware of the benefits of going raw, but I am not ready to sign up to this way of life. Not yet, and I am not sure if I ever will. But there is one part of the raw food diet which appealed to me, and that is drinking large amounts of green smoothies everyday.

I like my green vegetables and fruits, but I find it difficult to eat sufficient quantities of both everyday. Blending raw green vegetables and fruits as a smoothie sounded perfect. I might not be able to eat 2 cups of spinach, a bunch of parsley, 1 avocado, 2 bananas, 5 strawberries, 1 cup of blueberries every day, but I can certainly drink all of this in a smoothie.

Since moving back home, I have been making green smoothies twice a day – once in the morning and once at night. A tall glass of green smoothie  in the morning is very filling and lasts me from 7am to 12 noon. Green smoothies look awful to most people, but they taste better than they look. And because there is so much fruit in the smoothie, it tastes like any other fruit smoothie, and does not have the raw, grassy taste that we mentally associate with raw vegetables.

I think I am going to be a green smoothie convert. 🙂 Time to invest in a Vitamix…?

Green Smoothie Power Drink

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