In keeping with the dawn of a new year (and so a season of recommitting to health, fitness and overall body greatness), here is a guest post by the lovely Smash about green juice. (Not your everyday January green juice, because that’s just how we roll…)
A few weeks ago I had the great pleasure and privilege of a tropical island vacation with my family. My parents appreciate healthy foods and a balanced diet, but for the most part, the extended family is not delighted by anything green that’s not smothered in butter and cheese. For the first time ever, my body started to beg me for spinach or kale or to go outside and start noshing on the grass if I had to. Thankfully, there was a grocery store just around the corner from the condo we stayed in, so no desperate measures were taken.
A few massive handfuls of organic spinach, an apple, a pear, a handful of grapes, and a few pineapple chunks (obvi I had to get into the island theme) later, there was a reasonably healthy smoothie to be had for my mama and me. Suddenly, before I even had a chance to pour our treat from the blender into glasses, the beach was calling, and the family would be waiting, and probably drinking beer or sugary Lava Flows. Then it hit me. Possibly the most exciting idea I’ve ever had. Boozy super smoothie! I would divide the contents of the blender evenly (sort of evenly) between my mama and me, and slowly nurse this beverage at the beach in an innocuous-seeming bottle!
I removed the lid of the blender and proceeded to add 1 cup of vodka, 1 cup of light rum, and a splash of dark rum, then blended for another 30-seconds or so. It. Was. Delicious. It also satisfied my need for fresh greens. Of course most of the majority of the family thought I was a crazy person (they don’t notice when my other cousin adds vodka to her Kombucha tea), but the smart ones who took a swig of my concoction were pleasantly surprised by its smooth and delicious taste. By the end of our beach day, I was relaxed and delightfully squiffy, and also well nourished.
That’s what I call dedication. Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you can’t take care of your body . . . and just because you’re all about health doesn’t mean you don’t need vodka. You do. (Or, I do, anyway). If the theme for this year is “balance,” I think we’re off to a pretty great start.*
*That’s actually not my theme at all. Mine is “Have as much fun as possible,” but someone must have chosen “balance,” right?