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My foray into green smoothies

A couple of weeks back, on the last day of holiday before work (and therefore the last true day of indulgence, supposedly, <<snort with derision>> Liz Earle was on Sunday Brunch talking about detoxing and juicing and the like.

I’ve toyed with the idea of juicing in the past but the investment in a Nutribullet or similar is pretty expensive for something I’m not sure I’ll get along with.

Then I started reading up on green smoothies, as I already have a blender. Some websites suggested that smoothies are better because they keep all of the fruit pulp in and therefore more of the goodness. So I researched some recipes and settled on one that I thought sounded ok. Even though I don’t like bananas! (I hoped the banana taste would be covered by the rest of the ingredients).

I found the recipe here

I halved the quantities to make just one. The ingredients are spinach, orange, ginger, banana and water. Lots of lovely goodness.

Orange banana and ginger

I peeled and chopped the veggies and fruit.

Chopped green smoothie ingredients

Popped it all in my blender, and added the water.

Blended and zapped and pulsed it until I couldn’t see any solid bits.

Blitzed green smoothie ingredients

And poured it into a glass ready to enjoy.

Green smoothie in a glass

Unfortunately I could really taste the banana, which put me off, especially when I got half way down and almost swallowed a lump of banana that hadn’t blended <<heave>>. Plus there were a few remaining stringy bits of leaf and orange, only tiny bits, but that detracted from the experience somewhat. It may have benefitted from more water as it was a little bit thick, but by the time I realised that I was already done and tipping a quarter of it down the sink.

What’s worse is that the husband had declined my kind offer of a smoothie, and was eating an omelette that I’d made for him instead. It was probably a similar amount of calories and nutrients (peppers, mushroom and tomatoes) and a damn sight more enjoyable.

Breakfast omelette and salsa

Now I’m not saying there’s any connection, but when I washed the glass up later it smashed! As if to say “I will never be clean again, I’m tainted forever“.

Lesson learned. Eat your greens, don’t drink them.

Thanks, as always, for reading! x


Arrivaderci rossa

What’s the first thing you do when you get back from holiday?

After the mountains of washing, obvs.

Visit family?

Restock the fridge?

Book your next holiday?

Not in my case. You strip your hair!

I decided, on landing at Birmingham airport, that I was done on red hair. Despite the hideously tortuous journey I went through just a few short months ago to get to any semblance of scarlet.

So – goodbye red! Arrivaderci rossa.

And, in usual me style, I couldn’t wait. It had to be done immediately.

So I found myself back in stinky boring tiresome dull hair stripping territory.

With the intention of then dyeing it brown.

But I kinda liked the stripped result. Ginger according to husband (pah). Golden according to me. With darker ends (will I never be rid of them?)

This will be unsustainable as my dark roots will start showing within a couple of weeks, but I quite like the change of tone for a short while. So I’m going to ride it out while I decide my next move.

(and also because the husband is so against it, I find it kind of funny to torment him. I didn’t just say that. OK I did).

Stripped hair

Christ, my mirror is dirty!