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AeroGarden for Smoothie Greens Right on the Window Sill

Updated on May 27, 2016
AeroGarden Classic 6 with Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit
AeroGarden Classic 6 with Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit

Maybe you're like me and making more soups than ever these days. Success with soups, for me, comes with the addition of herbs and spices. I've turned some bland white fish into a gourmet soup main course with judicious use of herbs, and what's a boring salad to do, but dress itself up with fresh pungent greens.

With an AeroGarden herb set you can harvest fresh basil and Chives, Cilantro, Curly Parsley, Dill and even that wonder plant that keeps the deer away - Mint. This wonderful kit contains everything needed if you want to grow herbs. Each type is replanted in little pods, ready to add to the garden. Imagine the pleasure of picking your own parsley from the countertop or table.

 

Thanks to green smoothies my hair is growing back in, age spots have faded, and my skin radiates health.

Except that I'm on the verge of

buying a house, I'd be picking my greens from my AeroGarden today. I discovered this device on Amazon and learned that it could be here in two days' time, but since I'm winnowing down my belongings in preparation for the big packing job I had to put it off.

Why bother with green smoothies

may be your question-of-the-moment, but to me it's a solution as obvious as a glance in the mirror provides. Let's just say the door to health recovery opened wide when I began incorporating these drinks into my daily diet.

For 15 months I drank an 8 oz glass of blended leafy greens, celery and cucumber with avocado, and a variety of fruit - to add a bit of sweetness and tart taste and glasses full of nutrition.

Now I drink two 8 oz glasses of green smoothie that I make daily with my Blendtec high speed blender once daily. A friend followed suit and bought a Vitamix to make her smoothies. She insists on drinking her drink promptly upon blending it.

My protocol for green smoothie drinking

comes from a raw foods class that introduced me to the drink and Victoria Boutenko's book Green for Life (see it below). Boutenko recognizes that starchy foods combined with fruits cause fermentation which that bloating misery so many of us suffer.

She also slays the dragon of misinformation that greens are vegetables that will cause the same suffering. Greens are in a category of their own and one of their main attributes is the service they provide in our digestion.

Big belly bloating is a thing of the past

for me, occurring seldom, if ever for months at a time. When it does happen it's because I step off my gluten-free diet to satisfy some old fantasy that a piece of pie doesn't have much gluten in it anyway, and not related to my smoothie habit.

The class instructor suggested that we wait ten seconds for the enzymes in the drink combination to be primed to serve the body. She told us that we can make a day's worth of green smoothies all at once.

Rather than drinking the pitcherful all down,

I portion my batch of smoothie into the morning's large glass, and two 12 oz canning jars that I fill to the top and cover with a screwed-on plastic lid and refrigerate. Then it's easy to drink my other two glasses later in the day.

I toss some herbs into the blender

along with the leafy greens, ginger and fruits for variety and nutrition. Pineapple and spinach are a favorite combination and sometimes I just want a minty taste, so adding fresh mint leaves gives me that if they haven't all been used in hot tea.

Green for Life: The Updated Classic on Green Smoothie Nutrition
Green for Life: The Updated Classic on Green Smoothie Nutrition

If not for the raw foods class and this book I may never had found this key way to health. And I wouldn't know just how beneficial it is to make sure to get the freshest greens possible. The book helps one to understand the science behind green smoothies.

A reader feels like they are back in school, studying the botany classes they neglected to take, but the author personalizes her stories and connects everything back to how green smoothies are a perfect food for the human body. Something to do with the enzymes we miss out on when we cook everything to death - those enzymes are vitally alive in the fresh greens.

My hair grows thicker and even wounds heal much faster than pre-smoothies. Since starting to include them in my daily diet even the appearance of my skin has improved. Friends and even strangers comment on how fresh my skin looks. Now this is remarkable, as I grew up with outbreaks on my face and back from my teen years right on up to mid-life, meaning never did I receive a compliment on the quality of my skin until I was in my sixties. So, when someone notices me for my good skin, it's delightful!

 
Blendtec Total Blender Classic, with FourSide Jar, Black
Blendtec Total Blender Classic, with FourSide Jar, Black

This is a bargain price on the same blender I use every day. I make all my green smoothies with it, and love to whip up a batch of my favorite soups. I find that I get really creative with them since the process is so easy, using this tool.

My Blendtec has been making my green smoothies for years now, most of the 1025 blended concoctions have been green. And now I've found a fascinating way to add fresh herbs to my leafy greens.

My raw foods instructor cautioned us class members to reserve the root vegetables, tomatoes, and other veggies for times when we want to make vegetable juice or soup because our bodies absorb the nutrients better that way.

The first thing you'll notice about the blender when removing it from the box is that wacky black lid. It's pliable like rubber, making it easy to ensure that it's snapped down securely before turning the blender on, or you'll end up shooting a volcano of green liquid all over your counters, like I did with a friend's blender of the other brand. It's lid is very firm and hard for my arthritic fingers to open or close.

 

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AeroGarden Salad Greens Mix Seed Pod Kit (7-Pod)
AeroGarden Salad Greens Mix Seed Pod Kit (7-Pod)

A complete round of greens makes it easy to plant and replant the salad drink goodies. Aero Garden provides packs and you simply slip them into the unit, water and let the special light work its magic. Beautiful leafy greens going from your shelf garden into your blender without running out in the rain and mud.

Sometimes simplifying is the best one can do for their health and peace of mind. AeroGarden has made it easy with a set of seven replanted seed pods that fit right into the unit. Enjoy red and green leaf lettuce, and smooth heads of butter lettuce, and long crisp leaves of romaine, a kitchen treasure, for all its uses. This one's a winner.

And for your aging mom who couldn't be bothered with reading the book, she can grow just the herbs and greens she chooses to make easy organic salads and blended drinks. There's no worry over having to wash off dirt and soil from the pickers and others who've handled her produce; it's as clean as she wants just the way she picks it in her own home.

 

Are you also convinced that growing greens indoors is a marvelous thing?

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      Paula Hite 3 years ago from Virginia

      FYI - you have a few videos missing.

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      sousababy 3 years ago

      I think it's fabulous - although my cat Kady seems to chew anything green (err, other colors too). Hmmm, will have to set this out of her reach somehow. In Canada, we sure need to get resourceful in the winter and I appreciate these aerogardens.