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Feb. 13, 2013 12:01 a.m.

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 a 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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