From the Laboratory: Surprisingly Tasty Whole30-approved Smoothie

To paraphrase Prufrock, I am not a food blogger, nor was meant to be. But this evening we stumbled on a smoothie recipe that was so good I 1) want to share it and 2) want to put it somewhere I’ll be able to find again.

So the Rhea household is doing the Whole30 “it’s-not-a-diet” diet. (Side note: to insist it isn’t a diet is like insisting Christianity isn’t a religion; it makes a point worth making, but sounds silly when you press it too far.)

We’re not in it for the weight loss, God knows; we’re experimenting with a non-inflammatory diet, in preparation for Allison breastfeeding (first baby = soy and dairy allergies) and in case Allison does develop multiple sclerosis. This will be my ONLY Whole30-related update unless I undergo miraculous effects, but as of Day 15 we feel a bit better! Less midafternoon slumpiness and grouchiness.

But you’re not reading this for an update on my midafternoon mood: you want this delicious smoothie recipe. Without further ado, I present to you the cleverly titled “Surprisingly Tasty Whole30 Smoothie!”

Serves 2.

In a blender, smoothie up:

  • 1 banana
  • 5 strawberries, sans stem
  • 4 dates, sans pit
  • 1 Ziploc sandwich bag’s worth of kale, washed (don’t know the precise measure; that’s how much we had)
  • 1 cup-ish of unsweetened coconut milk (we happen to have “So Delicious” brand)
  • 5 large ice cubes, or more if you want it thicker

Honestly, I wasn’t sure how this would turn out – we had leftover kale, and the not-diet’s intense dietary restrictions force some experimental food combinations upon us. Liberation through limitation, like the White Stripes. But I’m posting this because this is a smoothie I will make again and again. It was so good – had kind of a curveball sweetness to it that I think was the dates, but don’t know for sure.



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