If you know me at all, you will know that my distain for vegetables throughout my entire life is real and the lengths to avoid them have been great. Lord knows my family tried to encourage me. It a vegetable’s odour and texture. Their bitter taste, the lack of immediate reward. The fact that they’re hard to swallow and that deep green colour, it’s just so dark and scary!!
I don’t really care for food. To me it’s just fuel. I eat just enough to stay nourished, function and look healthy and then snack on junk as a filler from hunger. My poor husband. He was very hungry our first year of marriage - I’m a good cleaner so the tradeoff was made early. He cooks. I clean. Win-Win.
After 40 something vegetable-free years, my immunity was very sluggish. I had been popping Codral Cold & Flu tablets every six weeks for 20 years. My cousin felt I might have an immunity problem. She said “Sky, avoiding vegetables is not a great health plan” and suggested I have a daily dose of greens in a smoothie -“Down the hatch”. I remember this conversation well because we were sitting in her kitchen / dinning room. Behind her I could see the most disgusting looking blender of thick, green gunk. It was like a Shrek’s swamp and quite frankly, it turned me off vegetables for another two years.
Early 2015 I “caught” the mother of all Colds and it did not go away. The Codral failed me. I had this permanent head-cold. My nose was red raw and my head just throbbed. I could only speak “husky”. It was so bad that I could not go to work. I was always able to work through a stupid cold. ALWAYS. After six months of this we moved interstate earlier than planned, accusing the home and my environment to be the problem. New home, warmer state and still I was sick. Doctors, antibiotics, sick days, meditation… nothing worked.
It wasn’t until mid-2016 I took myself to a local cafe, craving for something refreshing. I saw a green smoothie on the menu and actually ordered it. 9 whopping dollars for what was essentially apple juice with some spinach and a bit of mint. I justified the expense as a healthy meal. It was sensational. So sweet and refreshing. So green and healthy. So achievable that even I can do this!!
I did do this!! I grabbed my bag to pay. I raced to the nearest fruit market and started my new daily ritual. My husband came on board pretty quickly - our children took a little longer to convince… I finessed the recipe by keeping the apple as a whole, not just juice and added a heap of other leafy greens and some boosters (ginger and turmeric). After about a week I felt more energetic and regular. A few more weeks later I felt my skin, hair and nails were stronger. At around the 2 month mark I noticed that I had not been sick in weeks - not even a sniffle. I was blown away!! Only a matter weeks to feel really healthy, look amazing and be very well.
I offered visiting friends a smoothie before a glass of wine. “No, no, it’s quite alright”… but I insisted and they too loved it, wanting my recipe. I started making the smoothie in batches and freezing single serves for daily use. My friends were too busy to make the smoothie themselves so I started taking orders. It was making me busy too. I was getting tired of the daily clean up and looked around for a product that does this already. All I found were juices. I wanted to keep all the nutrients and fibre, not juice them out- the lack of nutrients and fibre was what made me sick in the first place!
In April 2018 I launched my own business with one product: Veggie Pods - your daily dose of greens in one little pod. Designed for busy people who care about their health. And the business name? It was time to shake hand with my nemesis and become partners. I named my business GreenSky.