Saturday, March 3, 2012

My New Addiction

Everyone by now should know how much I love butter and sugar (and if you don’t you clearly have not been reading this blog), so you might be surprised to learn that my new addiction is…gasp!... healthy. Although I try to maintain a good balance between healthy food and decedent deliciousness, I have sometimes justified tipping the balance to the later by sighting that Paula Deen is still alive and well. Paula may be alive, but unfortunately, not so well. With my favorite Southern lady’s announcement of her Type II Diabetes I decided to take a good look at my diet and see where I could incorporate more nutrient-dense foods. This won’t be the end of Bombshell Baking and all the delicious fatty sugary wonders that brought me to the kitchen in the first place, but I thought I’d share one of my new favorite things: fruit and veggie smoothies.

These smoothies are kind of amazing. It helps me get more fruits and veggies into my diet, and I can tell how much better my body feels after I drink one. At first they tasted a little weird, but now I find them delicious. I’ve gotten to a point where if I don’t have one, I miss it. It’s like getting your body used to exercise then taking a day off. I definitely have noticed a difference since I started making these, and it makes me think that maybe eating healthy isn’t so bad. So, thanks Paula.

Basic Green Smoothie

What you need…

  • ½ frozen banana
  • Handful of baby spinach
  • 2-3 ripe strawberries
  • ½ cup orange juice

What to do…
  • Slice frozen banana and strawberries to pieces manageable for your blender
  • Combine all ingredients in blender or food processor until smooth

I have also been playing around with adding in other fruits and veggies into the smoothies to get a variety of nutrients (drink the rainbow, if you will), including: blueberries, blackberries, mango, kiwi and kale. I recommend playing around with this recipe to find what you (and your body) like best. 

Rainbow version: strawberries, banana, orange juice, spinach, kale, blueberries and blackberries