Eat Around the World: Green food recap

When I think of green food, I think of spinach and I find spinach to be…blah… I feel like I only eat spinach if I need to be healthy. Here’s a work lunch I packed. The base is loads of spinach with cucumbers, tomatoes, sliced almonds, and a hardboiled egg. It’s simple, but it looks so…blah… I just don’t find it the most appetizing salad. Maybe something is missing. I chose green because I wanted (errr…need) to eat more greens in my life. In the beginning it was tough to start, but later on I had a lot of fun finding all kind of green food from salads to entries to sides and desserts!

I finally got around to making a green smoothie. It’s been so long since I’ve made one. I stopped making smoothies because my mornings can feel overwhelming: I have to pack my lunch, pack my kid’s lunch, get myself ready, and my kid ready and rush out the door. Now I have to add exercise to my morning routine because my body is telling me to move more. I just want to make sure I have everything I need when I am out the door so making a smoothie is the last thing on my mind. I don’t have a proper breakfast most mornings anyways.

The smoothie I made for that morning is whatever I could find in the refrigerator: spinach, half an avocado, some grapes, half of a banana (my kid had the other half), Greek yogurt, and water. It may have sounded weird, but I knew it was going to work out because grapes and bananas are sweet so it was going to balance it out. After I blended, I was happy with this random concoction. Maybe green foods don’t have to be terrible after all. I would love to have fruit and vegetable smoothies to start my morning, now I need to plan a way to continue this habit without burning myself out.

Adding a little bit of greens can liven up a dish. Maybe adding a little bit of green would make me more likely to eat more greens versus an all spinach salad.

And of course, there are loads of green fruit such as green grapes, kiwi berries which are basically miniature kiwis, and regular kiwis. Out of all the green foods I tried to introduce to my kid, she loved green grapes.

I came across a lot of green desserts. I’ve been on a pandan kick this whole month. If I ever find some pandan, I would love to make a pandan extract and experiment with it in my baking (or making ice cream).

Top from left to right: avocado popsicles, pandan flan, pandan upside-down pie, avocado smoothie. Bottom from left to right: pandan cookies, and pandan polvoron.

How do you like to take your green food (salad or dessert :-P)? Comment below!

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