As much as I have talked about Green Smoothies, I realized I never actually put a direct link to the video that started it all for me on my blog. It's not that I forgot to post it, it used to be on the GSG homepage in my blogroll and I like keeping my posts all original content.
I started making green smoothies in my oster blender. Even before I started making smoothies I noticed the oster didn't have much power (I've replaced several even before I started smoothies.). I used the oster for smoothies daily from about April to September when I received my blendtec. Magic bullet type blenders make nice smoothies. With daily and consistent use and as much quantity that I make, I went for the horse power.
I have worked my way up to about 4 cups of smoothie a day. Some days I juice instead (or additionally). It depends on what fruits and greens are available and what my mood is. I haven't juiced much greens, mostly apples and carrots. On the days I am juicing mucho citrus, I make sure I eat a lot of salad to get the greens in.
This is such a different place than I was ate last year. I was struggling with (cane)sugar detox and still wasn't sure what to eat and totally confused about supplements. Learning about daily smoothies has made my breakfast decision easy. I always start my day with smoothies or juice.
On most days I do eat lots of greens and veggies, so I am not really making an extra effort to make a salad now on juicing days. It seems normal to me now to have something uncooked at (preferably before) every meal (fruit, salad, smoothie, juice, marinated veggies, sprouts, or dehydrated treats.)
I still don't use much cane. If I do use it in my house, it is sucanat and in modest quantities and I make careful choices when I am not home.
My husband doesn't think I enjoy my food. He thinks I've limited myself too much. That is far from the truth. I am enjoying my food far more than ever, especially more than I year ago. I love the fresh stuff. I love the variety. I love the herbs and seasonings. I don't take a single supplement pill. (I do take a monthly B12 shot). I enjoy my food now that I understand nutrition. I understand there is a big difference between being a good cook and eating nutritiously. I may never be a good cook, but it is not really a goal of mine. My goal would is to obtain and prepare food healthfully. For someone who doesn't know where to start green smoothies is the best single change.