I’m not exactly sure where to begin with this one.
I guess I’ll just tell you that a reader named James has left a couple of comments on the Mama’s Weeds Facebook page about smoothies/health shakes he’s made. The first one was with sweet potato, banana, orange juice and cinnamon.
Sweet potato in a smoothie? I’d totally make that.
(But I haven’t yet.)
Then a couple days ago, he left another list of smoothie ingredients.
Beets. Broccoli. Cottage Cheese. Orange juice. Strawberries.
You’re kidding me, right?
I mean, I’m not afraid of vegetables and I’m not afraid to try new things. But BEETS? And broccoli? And cottage cheese? Blended all together like this is a perfectly normal combination of ingredients and there’s no need to raise our eye brows or give each other sideways glances over this crazy hot pink smoothie that we’re drinking?
But James said “Trust me it’s good”.
So how could not?
Another reason I made this is because I couldn’t get this dang smoothie out of my head. This smoothie idea has been keeping me awake at night. I mean… beets. And broccoli. With cottage cheese. In a smoothie.
I’m losing sleep over this, people.
Well, I did it. I had to. After a fast Friday morning four mile run, I gathered my ingredients and took the cottage cheese smoothie plunge.
OK James, I trust you. But only because you put sweet potato in a different smoothie and that sounds like something I’d drink.
Let’s do this. Yes, really.
I’m not going to lie to you.
I liked it. Yes, really! I drank the whole dang thing without the slightest hesitation or giving anyone sideways glances or raising my eyebrows or anything.
(I’m pretty sure the kids gave each other sideways glances as I was making it though.)
I’ll happily admit it – it was pretty dang good.
If you’re not a vegetable lover and know you should probably be eating more of them – this could be a great way to get a wider variety of produce into your diet. Or into your kids diet. Or anybody else you cook for who should be eating more things that grow from the ground.
Just maybe don’t let them watch you make it.
And maybe start with that sweet potato smoothie so they’ll trust you when you hand them a magenta smoothie and they’re wondering where all the beets went.