Oh…I Didn’t Think You Were Serious About that Green Shake Thing…

You THOUGHT I was kidding when I mentioned green shakes yesterday.

(I’m not going to lie…I was kind of hoping I was too, but nope).

Aaron has been reading ultra marathoner Scott Jurek”s book Eat and Run and has decided that we are going to start trying some of his crazy so-healthy-it’s-scary recipes.

He looks like he knows what he’s talking about…right?

So, he made a list on a billion little post it notes (we have far more appropriate list  making paper, but whatever) and we headed on what turned out to be a health food expedition to Sprouts, Whole Foods, and Smiths (our Kroger store).  This shopping trip took us a really long time because we had no idea where to find most of these things like miso (tip, not in the Asian food aisle).

I like chocolate chips! 

We also ran into my uncle at Whole Foods who I thought lived in Boulder, Co (?).  He and his wife (who are experimenting with true barefoot running) have been vegan for about 15 years.  He knew all about Scott Jurek’s book and I think he seemed pleased that we were picking up an entire bag of quinoa (I left out the cheesy enchiladas I ate for lunch yesterday).  And apparently he’s working here (living in my neighborhood) and flies home to Boulder ever weekend.  So that was an unexpected run-in.

Anyway, Scott Jurek uses a lot of weird stuff in his food.  What the heck is a aduki bean? And spirulina powder? I can’t say that it smells very good, although Giuseppe seems to dig it. A quick google search tells me it is green algae.  YUM.

We got a whole wheat grass garden! It comes like a chunk of sod. 

So, why am I subjecting myself to this?

Apparently it aids in weight loss, is an excellent source of protein (good for building muscles), boosts the immune system, and is an excellent source of nutrition for endurance runners.

I guess we’ll see.

If you too would like to have your algae boost in the morning, here is the recipe straight from Jurek:

  • 2 bananas
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh mango or pineapple chunks
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons spirulina powder
  • 1 teaspoon miso

Aaron also added in wheat grass.

In honor of Halloween, I have deemed this Green Monster Juice!

Bottom’s up! (For the record, it actually tastes pretty good).

22 thoughts on “Oh…I Didn’t Think You Were Serious About that Green Shake Thing…

  1. Hi! My name is Sue, and I’m from SlimKicker, a diet/fitness app and website. I found your blog yesterday and it captured my interest!

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    – Sue
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    • I know! I’m not really into the “healthy eating” lifestyle. I mean, at least when it comes to things like green shakes. But it was surprisingly really tasty!

    • My husband is getting a lot out of it. We bought tons of ingredients, so I don’t know what we’re cooking next. We had miso soup last night, but I’m not sure if that was in the book or not.

  2. Yum…quinoa is amazing! Have you tried Kale? I bought some to put in my smoothies but I couldn’t bring myself to do it because it looked so weird. I typically put spinach in my greek yogurt smoothies because that tastes really good. Plus, you didn’t know our uncle lived in the neighborhood? The rest of the family has run into him at the airport before when we’ve taken Renee.

    • 1) Thanks for clarifying that you are my sister. Otherwise I would have been confused because you left out the “T.”
      2) Even the parentals didn’t know he was here, so….
      3) I didn’t know you did green shakes? I still haven’t tried the quinoa, and I haven’t tried kale. I will be sure to avoid spinach/arugula packages. Thanks for the tip!
      4) It’s just a zombie game…you aren’t supposed to actually die in the process! Feel better!

  3. On a side note…you know what is not a good green smoothie? When you accidentally get the spinach+arugula package instead of plain spinach and put that in your smoothie. talk about GROSS

  4. Awesome! I hope you enjoy the experience of your eating experiment. I may know a thing or two about nutritional yeast, and I’m pretty sure it cannot make anything taste bad. Actually, I happen to have the best popcorn recipe ever. Home made popcorn with coconut oil, popcorn salt, and nutritional yeast… You can add Italian cheesy sprinkles or garlic powder, etc. It’s to die for. In addition, I would suggest adding some bee pollen and maca powder to your smoothies/yogurt what have you. There’s also this brand http://www.facebook.com/NutrientDense that is quite yummy too. I love, love healthy cooking. So in general, your post got me all excited!

    • Thanks! It was unexpected. He looks a lot like my dad, so I did a double-take. I was glad I wasn’t caught with some frozen french fries in the cart!

    • Hi Niecy! It was a little unexpected, but I’m glad I got to talk with him a bit. He and his wife are very into health and exercise, so it was good to talking running and eating in the grocery store aisle!

  5. Mike has that book too!! Obviously it has a place of honor on his bedside table (it’s KIND OF obscuring a picture of me… but I’m gonna let that one go). I’m seriously impressed though 🙂 There really is nothing like the threat of running into old friends (or worse… an EX!) to whip you into shape!

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