Y’all I made a video of this green smoothie I’ve been eating almost every single day for weeks. (Jump to the smoothie recipe!) Why would I do such a thing? Stomach issuez. Which I shall explain.
But before I get into that, a testimonial for this smoothie. My friend (who isn’t a smoothie person) called this the best smoothie she has EVER had! Bam.
Also, video is new for me! ^ I took a mobile filmmaking class, and it got me off to a good start, but as you can see, I’m still working on lighting, and finding more fitting background music. LOL.
Okay truth time. Over two years ago now, I went vegan largely for my health.
Basically what happened is that in 2014, my wonderful cousin was visiting me in Texas from the U.K.. She had just become vegan, and I was worried about keeping her fed in Waco, where the dining choices are: cheeseburgers, barbecue, or Tex-Mex. To make it easier, I decided to cook for her the whole time, and just eat vegan food myself.
Fast-forward to 2 weeks into her stay, when my chronic hay fever was clearing up, along with my digestion issues. I went from taking 4–5 types of allergy and migraine medicines per day to just 1, if any. And, well, my stomach felt a lot better. 🙂
So it’s been SUPER frustrating that my quick fix isn’t working anymore. For the past year, I’ve been having loads of stomach issues, and here in NYC they’ve gotten unignorable.
I think this has to do with stress (more on THAT at a later date), but it’s also the fact that I’ve been loading up my body with starches and cruciferous vegetables for two years, and basically putting it through an Iron Man of digestion.
To give you the version I won’t be embarrassed for my boss to read: basically every time I eat, my stomach has these terrible pains that last for hours, and it feels super inflamed and painful.
And I really want to solve this without eating animals again. (That’s the second part of the vegan story—after changing my diet, I realized that eating animal products made me part of a huge system of human and animal suffering and environmental damage that I don’t want to contribute to if I can avoid it.)
So I’ve been reading lots of books about gut health, and yes, I’m going to the doctor soon, I promise. Really.
One book in particular from almost two decades ago has been really helpful—it’s called The Gut Reaction. It’s a little bit woo woo but also seems to be working? The book’s all about how so many of our general health problems stem from “le gut” and how so many of our gut problems stem from having the pH balance in your system off, most people being way too acidic.
The long and the short of it is that in order to become “more alkaline,” I’ve been doing all these things:
- Eating lots of probiotics (mostly sauerkraut, coconut yogurt, and kombucha)
- Avoiding sugar (I know, it’s torture)
- Avoiding grains, including wheat (same)
- Chewing a whole lot, lol
- Eating more frequent smaller meals
- Eating more soups and smoothies (things that are already liquid are easier to digest…sorry that’s super gross)
- Sitting for a while after I eat rather than stuffing a pizza in my face while running to my next thing
And when I stick to it, and don’t eat cookie dough for breakfast (what? it’s vegan) and vegan nachos for dinner, I feel a lot better.
And this smoothie is part of the new health regimen. Puréed is the only way I’m eating kale these days, and I still want those vitamins. Plus the aloe juice is so soothing. I can’t explain it, but it’s like when I take a sip, my stomach feels the way your sunburned skin feels when you rub aloe vera onto it. Plus the chia seeds are important for getting protein and staying full. And the lime, mint, coconut, and pineapple are just delicious. 🙂
PS – Please help me if you have tips for finding better music for my videos! I want to keep going with these and finding music that isn’t $20 per song or SUPER cheesy is my biggest blocker!
Here’s the recipe:
- 2 handfuls kale
- 4–5 mint leaves (or 1 sprig)
- 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
- Juice from ¼ of a lime
- ¾ cup coconut water (unsweetened)
- 2–4 Tablespoons aloe (start with 2 Tablespoons if you’re a beginner)
- 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
- In a blender, combine kale, mint, chia seeds, lime juice, aloe, and coconut water. Blend until the kale is puréed and you can’t see any whole chia seeds.
- Add the pineapple chunks and purée until smooth.
- Serve immediately!