Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Facing 40: I Am What I Am

Popeye would love it
Spinach, carrots, and banana smoothie
By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger on Twitter

In the final weeks until my 40th birthday I've decided to make another change in my life.  I blogged about cutting back on the diet soda and it's actually going much better than I thought it would.  I had a one a day habit and then three or four on Fridays.  I'm not ready to completely quit as I look forward to my vanilla Diet Coke from the soda fountain at CrossRoads Coffee Company each Friday.  (It's the home of the Kevin HunsBurger too.)

Anyway, I digress.  Years ago I read in Men's Health Magazine that spinach is a super food.  I'd eat it raw, but I hated every minute of it.  I want to get the vitamins and nutrients from this veggie, so in recent days I've started making a smoothie from it.  I'd tried this in the past, trying to get the right combo of fruits and vegetables, but never could nail it.  Earlier in the week I think I hit the jackpot.  I throw some raw spinach, carrots, and a banana in the Magic Bullet with a little bit of water and I have my mid morning snack.

I get stares and questions from my coworkers.  My favorite being "why are you drinking baby poop?", but in all honesty it's not that bad.  I dare say it's actually good.  It's a way to get some extra veggies into my diet and replace some of the fruit.  While fruit is good, too much can be too much sugar in the diet.

Will this new smoothie concoction be a permanent staple in my diet?  It will be for the time being, especially now that I've put it out there for the world to see.  I may not be as strong as Popeye as a result, but I do feel better at the end of the day and that's the point.

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