Here at Don’t Fear the Vegan we love to learn about new things, especially those things we fear. I fear smoothies, well at least those with vegetables in them. It’s only been in the last year that I have taken a like to veggie juice, but I still can’t get past the consistency of smoothies. Well it is time to meet my fears and try drinking them and Joanna from Greenreset.com is going to try to help me out. Being as I am allergic to avocados and bananas she recommended I try mango. I will also add that Joanna had added pictures to the post put for some reason they would only come out as text so I had to steal these beautiful pictures from her site.
When I recently found Dontfearthevegan.com and I asked Steffi for an interview, I’m sure she was surprised, especially since (as I found out later) she doesn’t really like smoothies (?!?) and I’m the owner of a green smoothie recipe site, GreenSmoothie.com
Well, my interest in her certainly wasn’t because I was trying to expand my smoothie making skills.
So, let me explain…
You see, I’m a new vegan and (although it now seems incredible to me) until about a year ago, I had never personally met a vegan – not until I became one myself, and began seeking them out. I met a few vegetarians – but they were not close to me – just people I came across once or twice, never to see them again. For most part my family and friends are very meat oriented in their food choices, and when I tried eliminating meat from my diet (while experimenting with raw foods) – I was met with harsh criticism, and failed miserably.
I feel that part of my failure was the fact that I didn’t have any support or role models. Being vegan (or even vegetarian) seemed so difficult and unattainable for regular people, with kids and family, like myself.
Now, I’m really passionate about this lifestyle. It took me 46 years to get to this point, and I wish I could help others “see the light” sooner. So that’s why I decided to create a series of interviews with people who have been vegan for a while, and post it on my website, with the goal of sharing these experiences with non-vegans, and perhaps compiling their wisdom later on into an ebook or other resource. I want to show different profiles of people living a vegan lifestyle, so that people who are hesitant or doubtful could see that it’s not only doable, but also a very rewarding choice.
But back to smoothies…
I think smoothies can be a great help when someone is just transitioning to plant-based diet – they make consuming large amounts of fruits, veggies and greens really easy and delicious.
The recipe I want to share with you calls for strawberries, avocado, papaya, and greens. It doesn’t include a banana, but you can certainly add one (it will make the smoothie sweeter). There is really no reason to avoid adding bananas to your smoothies, unless you are one of the people who just dislike the taste and texture that they add to a smoothie (my husband is one of them). I like banana-free smoothies, from time to time, when I feel a bit stuck in a rut with my recipes.
So, here is a simple recipe that I made this morning with ingredients I had in my kitchen.
2 handfuls spinach or other leafy greens (I like to use organic Spring Mix)
1 cup strawberries
1 cup papaya, peeled and deseeded
1/2 avocado (makes the smoothie creamy)
1 celery stalk (optional)
sweetener of choice (optional)
about 2 cups water (adjust the amount depending on how thick you want it)
Blend all ingredients until smooth.
Note: This smoothie will not be very sweet, which I like, so you may decide to add a bit of agave syrup or stevia to make it sweeter.
P.S. If you like green smoothies and juices, visit my website, GreenReset.com, and my facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/greenreset, where you’ll find more recipe ideas, such as these