Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Happy Birthday Blog Green Smoothie

The Healthy Girl's Kitchen blog officially turned one year old on January 23rd. Happy birthday to my blog! So why am I posting another recipe for a green smoothie? Because at this time of reflection for where I've been and where I'm going, this recipe seemed appropriate. I hope you can see by the ingredients that I'm upping the level of green intensity and LOVING it! Thanks to my friend and business partner Chris-Anna, who is new to the green smoothie revolution, but very adventurous, for inspiring this.

Super Green Smoothie
serves 1 hungry person

1 small cucumber, cut into chunks
1 fresh pear, cut off it's core OR large handful of seedless grapes
1 small frozen banana, broken into chunks
2 large stalks celery, cut into large chunks
1 large date, pit removed
1 handful fresh spinach
1 handful fresh or frozen kale
5 ice cubes
water--not too much

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smoothie reaches desired consistency.

Here's something very interesting:

Mark Bittman, right, with Chef Mario Batali, before becoming plant strong? I love Mario Batali, and I'm seriously worried about him.

Mark Bittman after becoming plant strong?

I received a blog birthday present from the universe. Debby from Happy Healthy Long Life clued me in about Mark Bittman's new ventures. If you don't know who he is, he is one of the most incredible New York Times food writers and cookbook authors. Seems like he's caught on to the healthy eating movement and he's making a big stink about it. Get the story here. He's leaving his old eating life behind and joining our ranks. Yeah Mark! Yeah universe! Can't wait to subscribe to his new blog.

Do you know who Mark Bittman is? Do you own any of his cookbooks?

What are your impressions of the public psyche when it comes to healthy eating? Do you believe we are on the cusp of major social change regarding eating habits? Or are all of the people around you seemingly unaffected?


Kelsey @ Clean Teen Kelsey said...

Yay for green smoothies!! I looove putting kale into my smoothies--actually I just love kale in general. Happy birthday to your blog!! :)

JL goes Vegan said...

Happy birthday to you blog! You provide us all a great service by blogging-- keep doing it! :)

Do you have a VitaMix? I ask because you make some seriously hearty smoothies! Much of what you put in your smoothie, I run through my juicer (I do drink green smoothies--usually spinach or kale with banana and a frozen fruit, sometimes a grapefruit--but us a basic Oster beehiver blender.)

I'll have to read the article on Bittman. I'm hot and cold with him because I think he says some good things but doesn't completely walk the walk. I'll be anxious to see what this is all about.

Virtually Vegan Mama said...

it's a green smoothie kind of day! =)

Happy Birthday to your blog!

whatkateiscooking said...

I read Food Matters by Bittman and I LOVED it!

Anonymous said...

i love mark bittman and i am so sad to see him leave his column- but i am curious as to what makes you say he is going vegan?? it doesn't say that anywhere in the article but i hope it's true!!

Chuck Bluestein said...

I did not know who Mark Bittman was. But in the before picture, it looks like he had bit off more than he can chew.

Wendy (Healthy Girl) said...

Chuck-that's the single funniest blog comment I have ever gotten. LOL and thank you!

Anonymous-I guess by "our ranks" what I really meant was "plant strong" and "nutritarian" which doesn't divide people up by animal/non animal but rather by high nutritional value. While I choose to eat a 99% vegan diet, I still applaud anyone who eats lots and lots of veggies and other whole, unprocessed foods!

Wendy (Healthy Girl) said...

Thanks also for all of the birthday wishes!

Yes, JL, I do have a Vita Mix (love!).

Kelly@Rahraw said...

just found your blog - I LOVE it! Happy blog birthday :)

katshealthcorner said...

Happy Happy Happy Happy Birthday Birthday!
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Happy Happy Birthday to your Blog!!! :)

I love kale and spinach in my smoothies, and apples, bananas, and oranges too! ;)

Wendy (Healthy Girl) said...

Thanks Kat! Those are some birthday well wishes!

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great recipe thank you for posting, this will be good to try to get my friends into. Smoothies seem to have the "okay I'll try it" response regardless of the flavor

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