I got an email from Annie last night commenting that all the green smoothies on this site have fruit in them – and asking if that was OK? I thought this was a little odd – so I asked her why she thought it was a problem. Well … “One of my friends said…”
There are a lot of shoulds and shouldn’ts around smoothies (as I’ve mentioned before). I think they come from people trying to “get it right” – as if there is a right way, or wrong way, to go about making smoothies. I guess this is human nature – we like to think there’s a correct answer and strive to find it.
The bad news, or good news – depending on your viewpoint … is that there are no right or wrongs. There’s only what works for you and what doesn’t.
Take green smoothies – what are they exactly? Well is you ask ten people you’ll get ten answers. They don’t even have to be green … look at my “The Very Red Green Smoothie” … nothing green in sight – but obviously a green smoothie.
So, my question to Annie was … “Why do you care?”
Turns out – she wants to be a bit healthier and get more vegetables in her diet – but she didn’t know where to start. Fair enough.
My advice to her was…
- Fruit is important as it adds sweetness and taste – without it things can get
a little bitter and composty
- Choose recipes that you like – you’re more likely to use them – and you’re
more likely to be still smoothing in six months time
- Try and keep it interesting/fun – don’t be too serious about it … and don’t
worry what other people are doing.
- Try and mix things up a little – variety is the spice of life (see “Why You
Should Rotate Your Greens”)
- If you don’t like something – don’t use it … there’s plenty of stuff to choose
from and lots of ways of hiding tastes we don’t like.
- If you make a smoothie and don’t like it – throw it out (or keep adding
banana until it tastes OK)
- Try and involve your friends and family. You are much more likely to keep
doing something if others are involved.
I guess my message is – that a smoothie can be anything you want. There is no right or wrong … just stuff that tastes nice and stuff that needs a lot more banana