Tuesday, March 6, 2012

"But why is it brown?"

So, I was reading a post over at Sparkly Love about shakes. It sounded fantastic. Janna and her husband are drinking all kinds of healthy, fruity shakes. She's feeling better, snacking less, and seeing great weight loss results WITHOUT starving herself!

I was inspired. That sounds like a great idea. She made a great point about the difference between juicing and shakes. Juicing gets rid of all the fiber and a lot of good stuff, shakes don't! I went grocery shopping over the weekend and bought all kinds of fruit... and some kale. Because I've been told that kale is super healthy.

So, our dinner tonight consisted of: a banana, an apple, a handful of raspberries, a handful of blueberries, and some kale. Our ingredient list was not as expansive as Janna's, and it probably should've been. Since I had a tiny budget and a long grocery list, the fruit fell to the bottom of the priority/grocery list. We like everything that went in, so we assumed we would like the final product. As I was adding things, the shake turned a pretty reddish-purple color. It looked tasty. I was excited. As I finished and did a final pulse, it looked brown. And as I poured it into the cups, I realized it was way too thick. Janna adds juice and said her husband also adds water. I probably should've added one or both of those.

Shake in blender, with most of the ingredients
(Photo courtesy of me)

We struggled to finish them. They were really thick. Nathan refused to say anything negative about them, but he also couldn't find anything positive about them... It was a little gross. I gave the last bit of mine to the dog.

Thick and brown... with the blur of a dog in the background
(Photo courtesy of me)

I'm determined to try again. Maybe more of certain things, and less of others... I'll just keep trying, hopefully I'll find something I like! Check out Janna's post and try out her recipe, it probably tastes way better than what we made today! Let me know what you think I should add to ours next time!

So, what's for dinner at your house tonight?

1 comment:

  1. Ahhh yes, the juice is what you are missing!! Add any 100% juice (no added sugar) or orange juice. I add ice if I don't have frozen berries, cuz nothing is worse than warm, thick, shake!! Eriks shakes are usually green or brown, because he uses less berries. Thanks to my frozen strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, blueberry mix, I get a dark pink/purple color, which I find much more appetizing. Good luck and let me know how the next batch goes!!