Saturday, June 9, 2012

Staring at Kale Like it's Chocolate Cake?!?

It's day five of what has turned into a green smoothie experiment in preparation for my next ebook. I'm sitting next to a tall glass of beautiful dark purple smoothie, this morning's breakfast. (Well, alright, it's actually breakfast #2, but thankfully it's advised to binge on fruits and greens.) I've been drinking green smoothies for about six years, but never in such vast quantities, and I'm quite frankly shocked at my body's reaction to this level of macronutrients.

Five days ago, I had half a homemade birthday cake sitting on the kitchen counter. Not a box mix, mind you, but a Better Homes & Garden recipe with homemade buttercream frosting. I was eating big chunks of it between smoothie experiments.

"But, Diane," you say, "I thought you were a health nut! You write all these ebooks, you blog about a healthy diet, you love plants..."

Yes, I do all those things. But if there is a birthday cake in the house, I am completely powerless. Which is why as soon as a birthday cake is in the house, I feel compelled to eat the whole thing really fast so it's no longer bothering me. Which is what I planned to do, but already by day two of the accidental smoothie experiment, I didn't want it. In fact, I threw the remaining cake out. I still can't believe I feel no remorse.

Just now, I tossed some blueberries, some cantaloupe, a large bunch of raw kale, and some water into a blender and was impatiently pacing for 30 seconds while the blender liquified it all. I realized I was reacting to it just like I normally would chocolate cake. Believe me, five days ago this smoothie would not have tasted sweet enough to my tastebuds. Now, I'm craving it. No one's more surprised than I am.

Only thing missing are the candles, but that can be arranged.


  1. ... I have yet to have that reaction to the juices we make in the morning.. but maybe one day!

  2. You know, I think it's because I'm drinking so much of it. I've been drinking green smoothies for years without this effect, but now that it's become a large part of my food intake for the day, I'm seeing big changes in what I crave.