Earl makes a smoothie every morning in the name of healthy living. Then he claims the right to avoid vegetables the rest of the day. My son, Kevin, also makes a smoothie most mornings; but it’s because, as a vegetarian and a marathon runner, he needs to consume around five thousand healthy calories a day.
Me? I’ve come to the table lately. Don’t like spending all those calories first thing in the morning when I’m not hungry. Besides I love vegetables, can eat them all day long, and am not on a five thousand calories-a-day diet.
However, the health club I belong to has a café that offers various kinds of smoothies. As a treat for doing an extra workout last week, I purchased the one called “Strength.” It contained spinach, banana, pineapple, mango – all fresh — some sort of powder, and almond milk.
It was really good too . . . and filling. I made it almost to dinner without snacking. So I bought another one this morning. That’s when I discovered the unsavory truth about this potential treat: It was six dollars!
Let’s see. If I bought one a day for a month, I’d have spent enough money to purchase a truly nice juicer or blender. If I bought one a day for two months, I’d have spent enough money to purchase all the ingredients too. And, since Earl already has a machine that chops spinach, purees banana and pineapple and mango, the obvious solution for me is to have Earl make a smoothie, put it in the refrigerator, and enjoy it at lunch.
I’m off to see if he’ll agree.