So I recently saw one of my absolute idols, Andrew Bird, in concert in Boston. It was a great way to finish off the semester, mostly because I’d been a fan for years, but had never seen the man live. The experience was a curious mixture of catharsis and revelation.
The one song that really got me was his cover of “It Ain’t Easy Bein’ Green.” I actually teared up.
Well, that was a few weeks ago now. But today I found myself whistling the song in the car, and I thought about some different interpretations, or more specifically, how I could translate the song into a recipe.
It’s hard getting in all the greens we’re supposed to eat in a day. I’ve been dabbling in veganism the past few weeks, and I’ve noticed a dramatic increase in the sheer quantity of food I have to consume. Not that I’m complaining. (Really, really not complaining.)
So I came up with this smoothie, which gives you a huge green boost without sacrificing flavor. The pudding mix I used is sugar free, low calorie, and high fiber, giving you extra nutrition without empty calories. It helps thicken up the smoothie, though I’m sure it’d still be delicious without the mix. The honey sweetens and covers the taste of the greens, while the flax seeds add a perfect texture.
Sorry Kermit, turns out it’s pretty easy bein’ green.
Honey Flax Green Smoothie
1 cup light soy milk (or sub. almond, dairy, etc.)
3-4 cups baby spinach leaves
1 packet Better Bowls vanilla instant pudding (0.9 oz)
2 tb honey (sub. agave nectar for vegan)
1 1/2 cups crushed ice
3 tb flax seeds
Add the milk and spinach leaves to a blender, and blend until smooth. Add instant pudding mix with honey, and blend. Next add crushed ice, and pulse until the smoothie has an even consistency. Next stir in flax seeds with spoon. Serve immediately for best taste and texture.
Happy (healthy) nomming,