May 3, 2012

Hope for Folks Who Hate Greens. ~ Abby Buchold

Photo: Palosirkka

I hate salads.

There, I said it.

There are probably a lot of us out there trying to find a way to add more leafy green veggies to our diets.

Do you force yourself to eat salads even though you just don’t like them that much? Rage-fueled eating is no way to spend your lunch hour.

Do you have to add a crapload of of some sort of dressing or topping to make the greens palatable for you? That always seems to defeat the purpose since you might just be adding a ton of salt or other garbage to them.

Let’s face it—the problem with green vegetables is that they are just so. . . vegetable-y.

Don’t get me wrong, I love vegetables. I’ve just always found all things green and leafy not terribly pleasant to chew and swallow.  The most effective way to get me to make noises like a cat with a hairball is to feed me greens.

Sound familiar?

You can cook your greens, sure, but that makes the texture less appealing (in my opinion), and one might argue (you raw foodists know all about this) that cooking destroys the important nutrients found in greens.

I was thrilled to find a solution: green smoothies. I’m aware I’m late to the party on discovering the awesomeness of these, but some folks may not have gotten brave enough to try them yet. Hey, they look weird, and you probably think you’ll feel like you’re drinking grass. But this easy recipe will make a delicious green smoothie that tastes refreshing and wonderful. You’ll only
taste the fruit, and it is very good for you.

Photo: mary_thompson


2 big handfuls of spinach
5-6 ripe strawberries
1 banana
¾ cup of water (more or less, this is not a picky recipe)

Blend and enjoy.

Isn’t that good?


You can also try using ½ cup of water and ¼ cup of aloe juice. Try it with different kinds of fruit, such as blueberries, raspberries, or whatever tickles your fancy. Other greens will work too—I’m going to try kale with mango next.

There, now all of you who hate greens may just learn to love them.

Happy blending!


Abby Buchold is a librarian, codemonkey, and long distance cyclist. She considers herself a font of random information that she picked up throughout her education and while working in libraries. She is enjoying her yoga journey. Yoga and Zen meditation help her bring stillness to her very busy mind. When not working or biking she enjoys acroyoga, playing the harmonium, and sharing the love.


Editor: Elysha Anderson

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Abby Dec 11, 2012 8:01am

Hope you enjoyed the recipe! I love making these because, well, they taste like life.

SolsticeSon Dec 4, 2012 8:57pm

Glad you discovered smoothies to get your greens – they're great and you can throw anything in there! Looking forward to trying your recipe. Cooking certain veggies can have benefits though, and allows you to keep blending and eating greens through the cold months! Cheers.

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