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While I love to talk about food and about all of the delicious vegan feasts we enjoy, I can get tired of the questions. You know the kind, where the inquirer doesn’t actually care what the answer is, they just have to ask in that pointed way, to try and make a spectacle of you.

What are you eating?”

Most people are decent when it comes to the workplace lunch room, but I do work with a couple of these people. The people who stop their conversation when I pull out my lunch to start inspecting what I’ve brought. The people who would never be willing to try the bites I offer up, but can’t help playing 20 questions to figure out what’s in it and how I made it, all while turning up their noses. The people who complain that I never bring in any cake and then won’t even try it when it’s sitting on the lunchroom table.

Whew. Apparently I needed to vent.

Anyway, those questions get old. However, there are some things I eat that I love to rub back in these people’s faces.

The greeen smoothie is alive and well in our home. I often have one for breakfast and pour them into a Mason jar so I can take it to work and enjoy it at my desk, in lieu of morning coffee. But in the world of Hot Pocket breakfast sandwiches and frozen bagel sticks piped full of cream cheese (can they produce more disgusting things?), this Hulk-inspired drink never fails to turn heads.

And you know what, while I tire of having my quinoa/salad/hummus wrap/tofu lunch selections dissected, I never tire of sucking down a delicious green smoothie and detailing all of the ingredients. I think it’s because to many people it’s the most revolting thing I consume at work yet it’s probably the most dessert-like (next to the cake they won’t touch). It’s amazing how badly we judge books by their covers.

When did green become such a bad thing?

Green Meanies Smoothie

3 full kale leaves, with stems, washed*
1 inch square patch of wheat grass, washed*
1-2 handfuls of spinach, washed
1 frozen banana
1 cup orange juice
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1 tbsp. coconut oil

Place ingredients in order listed into the container of a high power blender (tear the kale a bit). Process on high for 1 minute, scraping down the inside of the container if necessary.

Serves 2.

*If you don’t have a high powered blender (Vita-Mix or BlendTec), I recommend removing the kale stems and omitting the wheat grass.

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8 Responses to it’s greeeeeeeen

  1. Abby says:

    Have you ever noticed that if it’s for the taking, people at work will generally shove just about anything in their mouths? That is, unless “the vegan” brought it in. Why don’t they have so many questions about ingredients when it’s something they really SHOULD be investigating?

    P.S. I’ve been vegan for a looooong time and I’m still afraid of the green smoothie!

    • Kris says:

      Don’t be afraid! It really does just taste like fruit!

      Yes, people will shove whatever chemical/rotting/overall-nasty thing in their mouths without a bat of the eye, but when it comes to eating something “weird”, watch out!

  2. Josiane says:

    Too bad those coworkers don’t have a clue how delicious your cakes are! They really would stop with the questions as soon as they’d have their mouths full of that goodness!

    Your green smoothie sounds (and looks!) awesome! I really should start making some at home; I think the prospect of having to wash the blender every time holds me back – yes, I’m that lazy. 😉 I’m sure I’ll get there, if only to recreate the celery smoothie I have at a restaurant in Montreal; I love it, and would be happy to have it more often and in a not-quite-as-sweet version.

    • Kris says:

      Josiane- It’s an investment, but the Vita-Mix is so worth it. It obliterates everything to liquid in a matter of seconds and it’s SO easy to clean, it only takes a few moments.

  3. Vaala ◪ says:

    Everyone needs a good rant :)

    Ooo, I love a good green smoothie! I’ve even got my Mum on to making and drinking them!

    • Emily says:

      I’ve never had anyone at work refuse my baking just cos it’s vegan, and that includes your lemon drop cookies recipe :) – your co-workers are silly!

      In fact, two people at my work asked me to marry them on the strength of my bought-in baking last week and one of those made proper nomming noises when they were eating, which was very gratifying.

      • Kris says:

        Emily, you’re lucky! I think one bad egg ruins the batch, because where I work now people are so picky! In the past this hasn’t been a big deal. I think the other thing is that culturally people are more comfortable eating processed foods and eating homemade is actually a turnoff for a lot of folks- weirdness!

    • Kris says:

      That’s so cool! Isn’t it great when you can share the love and get others excited about eating good things?