The term “vegetarian” is a bit of a mis-nomer for me. Really, I just don’t eat meat. I don’t LOVE veggies. Not even close, unless they are cooked or spiced in a way that drastically changes their taste.
I know, I’m bad. I SHOULD love them. I TRY to love them. But I just don’t. (Please don’t tell my grandkids!)
But, I am a fan of healthy eating, and vegetables are a part of that, so I force myself. Sometimes more successfully than others.
Raw veggies are best, but the chances of me eating enough of them to get the needed nutrition are pretty much slim and none. So I tried juicing. And there are pros and cons to the methods. A juicer that pulls the juice from the veggies and leaves the fiber behind are a pain to clean, and you’re tossing fiber that is really good for you. The machines that macerate the veggies leave a product whose texture isn’t good, but leave the fiber in the juice and they are easy to clean. I have yet to find a recipe for either that lights my fire, as in, “can’t wait to make this!”
So, when I discovered that Whole Foods makes fresh juice, I figured I can let them endure the hassle, and at least I can drink the juice. But I still don’t “love” it.
Then this morning, when I went to make my fruit/protein smoothie, I decided to try using my green juice for the base. Actually, 3/4 veggie juice, 1/4 cranberry juice. To that I added roasted almond butter, protein powder, chia seeds, and a cup of low glycemic fruit (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries) and ice. And guess what? It’s delish!
It doesn’t solve my problems with getting enough veggies, but it’s a good start. Okay, maybe not a GOOD start, but a start. And for me, getting started is the hardest part.
Oh, and that vegetarian thing? I’m going to keep calling myself one. I’m gunna love those vegetables some day.