There’s a wonderful little scene in the extended version of Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” movie where Thorin’s company of dwarves arrives at Rivendell, elven-home of Elrond.
In modern terms, it’s like a bunch of burger-gorging bikers being dropped in the middle of a laid-back but wealthy northern California vegetarian commune. Not only do they have to endure soothing harp music with apparently no beat, but there is no meat either.
Ori, the youngest dwarf (he wears mittens and cardigans knitted presumably by his mother) sums it all up in one simple sentence:
We laugh, because we’ve all been that child at one point. Even if you liked greens (and I haven’t yet met anyone who admits loving greens as a kid) there’s always one food that most children hate.
As one grows older, taste buds change. We literally develop more taste buds and can appreciate more flavors.
If you’ve been ignoring greens for years, start re-introducing them into your diet with spinach. Even if you still don’t like raw spinach, here’s a secret: When you add a cup of fresh baby spinach to any sort of fruit smoothie, the spinach flavor completely disappears. It’s an inert substance: In fact, most people don’t even detect any “green” taste.
A fruit smoothie with spinach added is, simply, delicious. And if you have it first thing in the morning, you’ve helped yourself to a generous serving of vitamins C, A and B-6 (and all at only an extra 7 calories and 1.1 g. carbohydrate) before your day has even officially begun.
If you don’t believe me, try my Simple Spinach Smoothie for yourself.