The lazy runs strong in our little family.
The lazy is the leading motivation behind nearly all of the decisions we make.
The lazy is not particularly conducive to the healthy nor helpful to the vanity, but it is significantly more convincing.
The lazy is why I like to drink my fruits and vegetables (to appease the healthy and the vanity) instead of bothering to expend the energy to prep, chop, and chew them. I’d rather whir them into oblivion and suck them through a straw. Everything is better sucked through a straw. This is a fact.
I like the idea of being healthy. I love looking at the all of the fitness and health food Pinterest boards while eating a bowl of ice cream and thinking, “Gosh, I really should do something.”
The execution of being healthy doesn’t come as easily, and certainly comes with fewer milkshakes and chili cheese fries. This is a sad, but true, fact.
Another fact is that while I want to be healthy for reasons, it’s mostly because I’m vain and “Be a MILF” is on my bucket list. Sure, I want to be healthy and eat well (especially while I’m nursing) for the WeeSheBeast, so I can be around and keep up and see her do all the things, like spawn herself. Also, because I like the way my body feels after eating well better than the way I feel after a double cheeseburger with fries and a milkshake (though my soul prefers the latter, most days). Realistically, though, I want to be “healthy” so I can lose some of this pregnancy weight and be sexy again.
Vanity is a good motivator.
Reconciling Vanity with Laziness
I’ve found the easy way to get more fruits and vegetables in my diet: blend the living daylights out of them so they don’t even resemble themselves anymore and enjoy them from a quart-sized mason jar. It’s quick, simple, and contains just the right amount of trickery to get 3-5 servings of the good stuff into me without having to slog over bowl after bowl of plain, raw roughage.
Plus, green smoothies are a great way to start the day. Mornings are hard enough already, don’t beat yourself up with food that needs effort.
The Good Stuff
Here’s the low down on why these are good for you:
Spinach is full of vitamins and minerals and stuff, and is incredibly low in calories. It is chock-full of vitamin K, vitamin A, magnesium, folate, manganese, iron, calcium, vitamin C, vitamin B2, potassium, and vitamin B6. It has a sizable amount of other nutrients, too, as well as antioxidants.
Parsley is also rich in vitamins, including vitamin C, vitamin B12, vitamin A and vitamin K. It helps support your kidneys by flushing excess fluids from the body. It contains folic acid, too, which is super important during pregnancy.
Fruits, again, have vitamins. It varies based on which ones you use
, but know that they’re good for you.
Chia Seeds provide omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, calcium, and manganese. They also help you feel fuller and stay better hydrated.
All of the above has fiber, too. It’s pretty darn good stuff.
Recipe for Green Smoothies with Spinach and Parsley
This isn’t terribly much of a recipe, more of an outline or guideline, but here you go:
- 2 cups fresh spinach or 1 cup frozen, chopped spinach
- 1 whole banana
- 1 cup frozen fruit
- 1/4 cups parsley
- 2 Tbsp yogurt
- 1 1/2 tsp chia seeds
- 1 1/2 cups water
Put everything into your blender, spinach and parsley on the bottom (yes, the photo is backwards. Learn from my mistake.) Set your blender on high and liquefy everything for 3-5 minutes. The longer you keep your blender going, the less likely you are to experience the unsavory “wet grass” texture that green smoothies can get. It is especially
important to spend a little extra time with the frozen spinach, as it is more prone to “wet grass”-yness.
Yield: Approximately 1 32-oz smoothie
Lately I’ve been using a blend of peaches, pineapple, mango and strawberries in my smoothies. Let your imagination run wild, though, any sort of fruit should work here. Berries make it dark and rich. Kiwis make it tangy and give it a little bite. Anything you choose is bound to be tasty.
Also, you can skip the banana and add an extra 1/2 cup of frozen fruit.