So today is Valentine’s Day. And I feel, as a food blogger, that I should share something that is heart shaped or pink or drizzled with chocolate. Don’t get me wrong, I love chocolate, but that’s probably never the kind of blogger I’m going to be. I also have a hard time getting into Valentine’s Day. I’ve just never been one to celebrate it.
But don’t let me kill your buzz if you want to bathe in a chocolate river today and throw glittery pink hearts at everyone. More power to you.
There are a lot of reasons why green is actually a better color to represent love/lust than red or pink are. I remember discussing the psychology of colors in my high school psych class and my teacher spent an entire class period making the case for why Valentine’s Day should actually be a green holiday (and why there should be pre-frontal cortex shapes instead of hearts)
I’ve long forgotten these reasons– something to do with the green M&M and fertility myths from the middle ages (seriously, don’t let me kill your buzz) but really I’ll use any excuse I can to justify a green smoothie on Valentine’s Day.
Is there really a bad time for a green smoothie? No. So here we go!
Green Goddess Smoothie
- 1/2 c pineapple
- 1/2 of a frozen zucchini
- 1/2 c coconut water (more or less depending on how thick you like it)
- One avocado
- A HUGE handful of greens (kale, spinach, power greens, whatever you like)
- A few sprigs of cilantro
- 1 tbsp coconut butter
- Protein powder of choice– but let’s be honest, the best one to use here would be Vital Proteins Beauty Greens
Just throw everything in a blender and go to town!!
I love smoothies for their simplicity and speed, which is what makes them great for right after a workout. It’s worth noting that they usually aren’t a complete meal for me though. They’re a great way to get a lot of nutrients in your body really quickly, but I don’t necessarily recommend replacing meals with smoothies.
Your body needs whole foods as well!
I used to be against smoothies for this reason. So many of them are also fruit (read: sugar) packed. I don’t have anything against fruit, but I do come across some smoothie recipes that might as well be ice cream. There is a time and a place for ice cream– but don’t dress it up with granola and tell me it’s a healthy breakfast alternative. That ain’t for me!
BUT you should also never let me or anyone else decide what is good for YOU or how much or how little you should put in your body. I suppose I always get this existential dread when I post smoothies because I don’t want anyone to get the idea that I eat only a smoothie for breakfast and therefore they should do that as well. Nope! I eat a shit ton… an actual shit ton for breakfast. I also workout in the mornings. I eat both before and after my workout (k I mostly just eat around the clock) So don’t look at what I do or don’t do as a template for what you should do as well. DO YOU!!
I hope that, if nothing else, on this Valentine’s Day everyone out there get’s to practice some radical self-love! Take care of yourself, love yourself, and allow that best version of yourself to grow.