Tess B wrote:
yassis, what a great knowledge packed post! i'm still working on putting in greens/veggies in the AM shake - that's more a mindset than anything else1 kale for breakfast?? LOL
You hit the nail on the head! It's a mindset thing :-)
Seriously, this whole "kale" thing is out of control. I don't love it and probably never will. But, I've definitely gotten to an ok place with it. When I am using kale as my green base, I try to be extra mindful of adding other ingredients that will outshine the flavor of the kale -- melon, lemon, ginger, coconut water with pulp gives the smoothies are really nice flavor -- I think it enhances any natural sweetness. Also, I prefer to take my ever-present-in-CSA-box kale, prep it really well & freeze it, already chopped up and ready to go. That way I have less of an excuse not to use it. Also, there are some great info graphics on either this site or the nutribullet blog that compare and contrast kale/spinach & flax/chia seeds. Useful info. Kale is not *that much* more nutritious than spinach, which also has a ton of fabulous nutrients. Definitely search for "the importance of rotating your greens" -- that's a great article and encourages you to consider veggies that you might not have thought of before...
More importantly though, if you don't like something, don't force yourself to use it. I make a smoothie every morning for breakfast -- because I made smoothies that I really really liked and started the habit that way.
High glycemic veggies, like beets and carrots, make the smoothies sweeter too -- just be mindful of adding too much. Some people prefer them cooked; then they're even sweeter. When I use the higher glycemic veggies, I always add rolled oats (3 Tbls max) and/or chia seeds -- this helps counter the high glycemic effect and keeps me full all morning.
Thanks for the compliment -- I love reading about nutrition and hope that all this knowledge will help me permanently change my food choices in a good way :-)