grandmamaid would never have made something this green

last night my cousins and i spent a couple hours reading my grandmother’s old love letters.  she saved everything every suitor (because that’s what they were called back then) ever said to her.  or maybe she didn’t and she was even more popular than we will ever know.  regardless, we came across a stack of letters from her and addressed to her first husband (our grandfather). at the top of each letter she included her current body weight.  131. 125. 128.  always her weight in the top right corner as if it bore some significance to the correspondence between young lovers.  maybe it did.  who am i to judge?

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so, this post is a shout-out to all the super fit people in the world who make green shakes on a regular basis.  i’m sure it gets easier with time, but seriously?  that’s a lot of work for something you drink. i can’t bitch too much because it seems it might pay off considering i did an hour of intense circuit training (including over 50 push-ups…woot woot…i’m a machine) followed up by and hour long run today and sustained myself on this shake (until a dinner made entirely of veggies and egg whites).

i’ll share the recipe (adapted from zeus of course), but devote some serious time to this little friend the first time around:

Green stuff (yield: lots of cups of green stuff)

1/2 bunch of kale
Green banana
Small apple
½ avocado
Coconut*
2 stalks celery
Packet of freeze-dried greens
Water

Blend everything except the water in a blender or food processor.  Add water to get the consistency you want to drink.  Done…

*How the hell do you crack open a bloody coconut?!  Good question.  Here’s my favorite way.  Drill two of the eyes out with a corkscrew.  Pour coconut water out of one of the holes and into the above ingredients.  Hold the coconut firmly and whack it onto the counter along the equator (the line that wraps around the center).  Depending on how many push-ups Zeus made you do that day you should be able to break it in half in a couple thwacks.

Footnote to all you trainers/really fit people who make their own variation, please feel free to share with me.  Sharing makes me giddy.

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1 Comment

  1. March 7, 2010 at 8:21 am

    […] away from animal parts.  I’ve been known to be gluten-free.  Occasionally my diet includes a lot of green shakes.  Usually you can find me avoiding sugar and dairy.  No matter what it always includes a lot of […]


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