Most people when I mention smoothies either think of those sugar-laden “power drinks” you can get in shops at the mall or in town or they just think, forget about it. Smoothies get a bad rap as too much work or just plain gross. I’m here to show you neither have to be true. In the video, I’m making a smoothie that’s heavy on parsley an often under-used but delicious herb that has anti-inflammatory Super Powers. I’m also using a pretty junky blender that I got for twenty-nine bucks at Target so if I can make a drink smooth enough anyone can. Finally, the second video has my very picky taste-testing husband who often calls what we drink “yard clippings” so if he gives you the thumbs-up, you know it can’t be so bad. Watch and see. Then scroll down for the recipe and try it yourself. Oh, and don’t worry. I won’t make you endure a minute of watching and listening to ‘blending’ time. (Don’t you hate those videos?!?) That’s why there are two shots-before and after. So see for yourself and come back and tell us what you think or visit us on Facebook to give us your honest opinion-we can take it.
The taste test; watch how genuinely surprised he is that it doesn’t suck.
Oh, and you’ll see all over these interwebs that you should blend and drink immediately because the drinks lose some of their nutritional potency as they are exposed to air. But c’mon, this site is called Real Life for a reason and my husband leaves for work when it’s still dark out and I have three kids who sleep just off the kitchen so I am NOT running a blender that early in the morning. We seem to be pretty healthy in spite of our “over-night” smoothies so make of it what you will.
Parsley Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie (based on a recipe from Bon Appetit)
Makes Enough for Two Large Drinks
- 3/4 cup fresh parsley
- 1-2 large leaves of kale (take greens off stalk)
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 whole banana chopped
- 3/4 tablespoon ground flax-seed (Buy this in any grocery store as seeds then use coffee grinder to make into powder.)
- a few fresh cilantro leaves optional (I accidentally cut some of this and threw it in and I think it added a sweetness that made this extra-good.)
- 2 cups water