Chef AJ

Chef AJ

Posted April 19, 2010

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It's Easy Being Green

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I have been a culinary instructor in Los Angeles for over 10 years and my focus has always been to get people to eat more fruits and vegetables.  While I think it's really important to eat our food, I have found that many people who refuse to eat greens find green smoothies a great way to incorporate more of these nutritional powerhouses into their diet.  My family and I have been doing green smoothies for 7 years.  We often have them as a meal replacement for breakfast or lunch when we're on the go.  Unlike juices, smoothies maintain all of the fiber so they are really filling.  They are not rocket science so have fun with them.  Use any green you like (spinach and kale are our favorites), the more the better.  Vary the fruits and the liquid and get the kids involved.  And most importantly, have fun!!!  Here are 2 of my favorites:


Love & Kale,

Chef AJ


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Before I had my first green smoothie, I thought the taste would be horrible. After all, how could anything liquid with a dark green color be delicious? Since taking one of Chef AJ’s classes, I have been adding cocoa and fresh mint leaves to my green smoothies. I sometimes make my smoothie the evening before I go to work and freeze it, and then I can grab it on my way out the door. I defrost it at room temperature and eat or drink it when the consistency is like soft-serve ice cream or a thick milkshake. It tastes like mint chocolate ice cream (but better!). It energizes me while I’m at work.

I love spreading the word on the benefits of drinking green smoothies so I entered a contest at work and won a prize!

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