On my quest for healthy, refreshing beverages I decided to try green smoothies and kombucha as they seem to be popping all over the blogosphere. Here is my story.
I decided to try green smoothies because green veggies are really grossing me out right now. I usually love my leafy greens but those darned hormones have changed all that. So, I thought I could blend them with some fruit and make it yummy for everyone. Basically you blend 40% fresh greens with 60% fruit, some ice and a little liquid of choice to get the desired consistency. I tried frozen spinach my first go around, but it was really spinachy tasting. Now I have been using fresh kale, a pear, a few strawberries (I have fresh at the moment, but frozen would be good too), some frozen tropical fruit, apple juice and ice (which I usually put in first!). Sounds bizarre I know... but the fruit really takes the cake as far as the flavor goes, but you get the healthiness of fresh greens. The kids loved it too. Sadly Nick was definitely turned off by the color. I am glad my green experiment went well... because I didn't get further than a bottle of kombucha from the grocery store...
Maybe you have seen it in the healthy section of the store? Little bottles with refreshing names that cost more than a half gallon of organic milk and has little stuff floating around in the bottles. Kombucha is this mushroom-like thing that ferments in tea and sugar... read about it here. So, I was totally optimistic about this amazing healthy beverage and planned on growing my own kombucha mushroom....... but then I tasted it. Yuck!!!!!! All I could taste was yeast... and all day afterwards I could only taste yeast. And when I made pizza with yeast, all I could taste was kombucha. Apparently some people like it. Some people LOVE it and crave it. And then there are people like me who are grossed out beyond measure and wonder if it really is all its cracked up to be if it isn't even palatable.
I just thought I would share my experiment with you... in case you are as crazy as me and thought about trying those things. Or maybe you haven't and are now inspired to add some yummy greens to your life... smoothie style. :)