Each morning, when I have a tall glass of this smoothie I like to think it makes my triceps expand. It’s the magic potion that transforms the drinker from Sagz (Saggy Ass) to Sexy in one week, guaranteed. Well, a gal can dream, can’t she?

I’m trying to cut down on carbs and get in lots of fruits and veggies each day. Let me tell you, the business of exercising almost every day and trying to consume only things that are good for you is a gruelling one. The worst part is chewing. I love salads and can eat a big plate of it for every meal, but chewing all those greens is so much hard work. And it’s time consuming.

The Spaniards invented the Gazpacho precisely to circumvent this problem, I think. Gazpacho is a way to drink or slurp your salad instead of chewing it. Freaking brilliant. Plus, I spent nearly 500 dollars for my Vitamix blender and I’ll be darned if I don’t get that monster to slave for me.

I could’ve called this post “Liquid Salad“, which is what it is, but that sounds really disgusting. And it looks disgusting too.

As Lincoln said:

“What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself.”

So let’s call it “smoothie”. It tastes fantastic, fills us up good each morning, and gives us a big antioxidant boost.

Unlike a fruit or vegetable juice, a blended smoothie has all the fiber intact and puts a much smaller glycemic load on your system. It also keeps you full for much longer. No chewing. Add a drop of dish soap to the blender and whizz it afterwards, and cleanup’s done. Win-win all around.

And way better than those commercially-available sugar-laden protein shakes.

The previous evening, collect all the fruits and veggies you want to add to your smoothie, wash and wipe them and put them in a bowl. Twice a week, I take out a packet or two of organic spinach and berries from the freezer to thaw in the fridge.

I like a combo of half fruits, half veggies.

THE VEGGIES

Greens, preferably organic. Frozen is fine. In fact, I prefer frozen organic spinach to fresh. Arugula, watercress, kale, chard, romaine, amaranth, anything you like. Greens includes herbs – cilantro, mint, parsley, basil, etc.

plus one or more of these

zucchini
frozen or cooked peas
frozen or steamed broccoli
cooked pumpkin
beets
carrots
cucumber
tomatoes
steamed sweet potato

Any raw, frozen or steamed veggies. If using frozen peas or broccoli, just thaw. Most frozen veggies have been blanched before freezing.

Frozen cooked squash or pumpkin puree in a can, canned tomatoes, etc. work very well.

THE FRUITS

Some sort of berries. Strawberries, etc. are notorious for being laced with pesticides, so try to grow your own if you can, buy organic, or wash them very very well. I try to include some of my homegrown raspberries or organic frozen blueberries into every smoothie.

Any other fruit, fresh or frozen.

You can also throw in some dried fruits like dates, raisins, unsulphured apricots and figs.

THE THINNING AGENT

Organic rice milk, soymilk, milk, water, anything you prefer. I use just a tiny bit, ‘cos I like the smoothie very thick.

We buy organic unsweetened soymilk (just water and organic soymilk with 7 grams protein per 8 oz). We use organic rice milk for this smoothie because though it has just 1 g protein per 8 oz, it is supplemented with 30% of the daily calcium requirement. Make sure whatever brand you buy has no carrageenan.

PROTEIN SUPPLEMENT

This is optional.

Soy, whey, brown rice, pea protein isolate, whatever we use, we try to get in 25 grams of protein per person – so 50 grams for the two of us.

FLAVOURING

This too is optional. You can use vanilla, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, rose water, orange blossom water, almond extract, basil, lemon, lime, coffee, cocoa, ginger, lemon grass, etc.

OTHER ADDITIONS

Flax, hemp, peanut butter, almonds, sunflower seeds, whatever you feel like on that particular day.

For two people, we use
1.5 cups of veggies
1.5 cups of fruit
a splash of organic rice milk
3 scoops protein powder (50 gms protein)

This morning’s smoothie had
Frozen and thawed spinach
canned organic pumpkin puree (just one ingredient: pumpkin)
fresh organic strawberries
an Asian pear
organic rice milk
protein powder

Flavouring: not shown in the pic, but I added a dash of rose water while blending.

This is much quicker than any traditional breakfast and both of us love love love the taste – not too sweet, but fruity enough to neutralise the greens and the disgusting protein powder.

If I feel like grazing mid-morning, I’ll have one slice of toast with raw almond/peanut butter or some whole grain oat cheerios with organic soymilk.

That’s me in my jammies in the exercise room with my smoothie. No, we don’t cook in there. The rolling pins are for Pilates. We use them in lieu of the poles used in the exercise DVD.

Our rose water-infused smoothie goes to Ilva at Lucullian Delights for Heart of the Matter: Flowers.

- bee

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  1. Jamie says:

    Bee, you look pretty fit to me! But I hear you on the diet and exercise thing. It isn’t easy or fun at times. But just think when you are chewing those greens for your salad, you are also burning calories! Keep up the good work :)

  2. sra says:

    I remember when we were in aerobics class and there was a shortage of weights our instructor told us to to use plastic bottls filled with sand and bring them to class – we all went scrabbling in beaches and construction sites to do that, inviting some very puzzled and curious glances – the rolling pins reminded me of that!

  3. purplesque says:

    You’re daring me to venture into the dangerous green-smoothie territory. Very scary.

  4. Manasi says:

    Brilliant! I am avoiding carbs too ( though not 100%) and using protein pwd.
    Will a normal blender handle making a smoothie (like u made)? of course not the same smoothness like vitamix…

    a normal blender will work fine, dear manasi. just make sure the frozen stuff is completely thawed.

  5. Manasi says:

    P.S: U are one fit lady! hats off to u!

  6. Anonymous says:

    What a beautiful exercise room u have! I am very mad at ur jammies by looking it for hours becos it’s my dream to search it one and my dream reached u to come true, not me :( ( I couldnt find it anywhere.
    Bee, I am surprised to see u’ve healthy body. It would be nice if u write how to stay healthy in daily routine(from Monday to Sunda) I want to learn more from you.
    Let me tell u that if I sit more in the computer for blogging, whole body converted to pear shaped figure. Can you tell me how you get time to spend blogging? The time runs so fast when I started blogging by reading other’s way of writing skills, recipes and commenting. Sometimes, I forget myself when I started blogging and reached pear shaped figure. I do exercise before blogging.
    What do u think about protein powder? Did you try it?
    Can I know the name of exercise DVD so that I can try to stay fit like you?

    you can check out our fitness logs. we try to update them every week. the link to the pilates video is also on this page.
    http://jugalbandi.info/fitness-logs/

  7. Manasi says:

    Thank U !!!

  8. mallugirl says:

    green smoothie? nah!! thanks for the inspiration to pick up weights to smoothen the sagz.

  9. veggiebelly says:

    I’m so glad you posted this. I do a blended smoothie a few times a week. Its usually an apple, protein powder, skim milk, watercress, and baby spinach/radish/celery/another vegetable. But im reading conflicting opions about the fiber – some (like you) say blend the whole thing because fiber is good. Others say juice the fruits and veggies to extract the fiber, because the body can absorb the nutrients better when it doesnt have to devote energy to breaking down fiber. I’m confused..

    if you don’t want to spike the blood sugar and if you want to keep energy levels high, keep the fibre. plus, it keep you full for many many hours.

  10. Lushgreenapple says:

    I am planning to go on South Beach after failing to stick to many other diets (grape fruit…yeow…) I am married to a true-blue mallu so there is a tendency to do a coconut-overload in all the dishes I cook – the erisseri, thoran, morukkari, everything has coconut in it. I am not particularly averse to it, just that I think its better to eat the veggies in their truest form possible. That’s why I think smoothies are a great idea.

  11. Preeti says:

    Bee, very inspirational pic and post. If I may ask, which Vita Mix did you buy? I’ve been considering one for years, but they are a bit expensive and with all the options, it gets very confusing. Did you get the 5200? Are you happy with yours?

    the one they sell from time to time at the costco demos. yes, we’re happy with ours.

  12. Preeti says:

    Thanks for the quick response, Bee. My local Costco does not do Vitamix demos, not that I remember seeing one. If you can look up yours and tell me what model # it is (hopefully you’re not looking at rummaging thru documents to figure this out) let me know if it is a 4500 or 5200 model or something else-cos I am trying to buy my unit online and want to be sure, as much as I possible can be- of getting the right thing. If its a pain to get this info, no worries. Thanks anyway!

    5200.

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  14. Bharti says:

    …. broccoli, ginger……a certain someone adds peas to her smoothie. I haven’t……

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  16. what a great way to stay fit! i always thought i needed a juicer for the reason @veggiebellly mentioned but i want to keep the fiber in soooo…thanks for this post. love the name of the smoothie too :)

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