A Gorgeous Green Smoothie Recipe And ‘Skinny Food’ Belongs to Everyone

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Last month, I shared something on Instagram about skinny food. That Gorgeous Green Smoothie image received nearly two hundred likes and I am still thinking about it today.

You see, for decades, I really did think that skinny food (or health food or diet food or whatever you call it) was off-limits to me. For me, wholesome foods had so many negative associations. Gosh, as a former fat girl, I had issues with all foods.

When I was way younger, the indulgent foods were hidden from me — literally stored in places that my little girl shenanigans couldn’t lure out into the open, and then directly into my mouth. As I grew up and began to explore healthier living, any good-for-me dish — like a big colorful salad or a small bowl of soup or a Gorgeous Green Smoothie just like this one — incited strange looks and comments. Eyes would roll. Friends and strangers would ask, “Will that fill you up?” (Yes, seriously.)

That sort of inappropriate and hostile behavior got me thinking that the really good-for-me foods just weren’t meant for my fat girl body. Trying to eat better wasn’t worth it when others felt it was their obligation to judge what I eat.

So I gave up and just dug my heels into being only a fat girl.

Today, after all that hard work to see myself worthy of good food, I make skinny food all the time. And I like it.

I made this Gorgeous Green Smoothie because I can. I can whiz up all the greens. I can swirl almond butter on top. I can sprinkle on coconut flakes and microgreens. And I can photograph and share it because it’s mine, all mine.

I eat all the wholesome foods whenever I want because I know they belong to me, just like they belong to you (whether your body is skinny, fat, or in-between). I’m just happy to be me and, honestly, I don’t focus my attention on what people think of the food I eat (except that, let’s be real, it is nice when you like a food image I post. Thank you for that, friends.)

I chow down on what I want because all the foods, including the food formerly known as skinny food, belongs to me, too. And now my Gorgeous Green Smoothie belongs to you, too. Let me know if you try the recipe!

Gorgeous Green Smoothie

Gorgeous Green Smoothie

I tend to use spinach most frequently but use whatever greens you’d like. If a banana is sweet enough for you, feel free to omit the maple syrup or dates. Toss on a lot of garnishes — that’s the best part.

Serves: 1

Prep Time: 5 Minutes

Total Time: 5 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cleaned tightly packed greens (such as swiss chard, kale, spinach) - about 2 big handfuls
  • 1 medium ripe banana, peeled and cut in half
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon refined coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup or 2 pitted dates, optional
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened, plain plant milk (almond, cashew, coconut)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 to 6 small ice cubes
  • Various toppings for garnish like microgreens, coconut flakes, almond butter, sliced almonds, ground cinnamon, etc.

Directions:

  1. Add all the ingredients except the garnishes in the order listed to a very powerful blender. Blend on high (or on the smoothie setting, if you have one) until smooth and cold, adding more water if your blender stalls. Top with a variety of garnishes. Enjoy immediately but sip slowly.
Photos taken by Maggie Battista.

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