Popeye Turned Me On…

By Joseph Giannotti | food

Oct 11

Before the days of cartoon network, before the days of cable tv, before the days of television programming being available 24 hours/day, the only time you could usually catch Popeye was on Saturday mornings when the networks showed cartoons.

Popeye, aka Popeye The Sailor Man turned me on…to spinach. As a kid, I remember watching him getting into constant scuffles with the bully Bluto, aka Brutus. It looked like there was no way out no matter how big of a jam he got into. Then somehow he was able to consume spinach, most often out of the can. With spinach he was able to accomplish super human feats and beat up Bluto.


popeyevideoI often wondered if spinach would work as depicted on tv, but for me it didn’t. It also tasted terrible. After my initial taste test as a kid to try to be like Popeye, I never ate spinach again. As as adult, I would have a couple leaves in salads. I didn’t put it in salads that often and I rarely ate salads.

Being raised in an Italian household, pasta was my preference. I could eat pasta and bread every day and never eat or look at a vegetable. I pretty much ate anything I wanted my whole entire life. Then something happened. I found myself weighing 249 pounds. According to the BMI calulator, I wasn’t just overweight, I was obese. bmi

Based on the healthy BMI recommendation, for my 5’7″ height I should weigh between 118.1 and 159.6 lbs., putting me in the Obese category, rather close to being morbidly obese, (100 lbs over my ideal weight).

The numbers on the scale and the size of my waist just seemed to inch up over the years. Although I tried weight watchers and other diets here and there, I never really had much success until Ideal Protein. One of their requirements is you have to consume at least 4 vegetables a day.

4 Vegetables A Day?

I know vegetables are good for you and you need to eat them and all, but I can’t eat 4 vegetables a day. I am lucky if I eat 4 vegetables a week! My friend Lin told me not to worry, I could put spinach in a smoothie and drink it and I wouldn’t taste it. My first thought was, “She might not be able to taste it, but I know I will.”

Finding myself desperately wanting to lose weight because I was getting fed up with my clothes not fitting anymore, feeling sluggish and my “fat” appearance, the line from the Alladin movie came to mind “Desperate times call for desperate measures…”

Figuring if I throw a cup of spinach in the bullet blender with a cup of water and my chocolate protein mix it will eliminate all recognizable particles and turn it into a liquid, maybe I can drink this once in a while.

Surprising thing? Lin was right. It was really tasteless. In the beginning of the program I would have 1 – 2 cups of spinach in my smoothie and my finicky taste buds would not protest. Spinach smoothie became my breakfast of choice and I drank my breakfast for the past several months.  I am now at the point where I love my daily spinach smoothie. Sometimes I even have them twice a day! That’s not all. Today I made a spinach smoothie with 4 cups of spinach! It was great!

According to Worlds Healthiest Foods, “Among the World’s Healthiest vegetables, spinach comes out at the top of our ranking list for nutrient richness…” Who woulda’ thunk? A confirmed “vegetable hater” like me dining from the top of the list on nutritional richness? Well blow me down and call me Popeye! I knew spinach was good for you but didn’t know how good.

Rather than being addicted to typical breakfast fare; bacon, eggs, juice, toast, milk, blah, blah, blah, make mine a spinach smoothie. It doesn’t matter that the color looks an unappetizing greenish brown. It doesn’t matter that family and coworkers make faces when they see me drink it. It doesn’t matter that most of America doesn’t drink their breakfast. What matters is spinach smoothies work. If you are trying to lose weight I would recommend checking out the Ideal Protein weight loss plan. If you are already on Weight Watchers or some other diet plan or if you just feel adventurous, try making a spinach smoothie. I guarantee you will not taste the spinach and your body will thank you. It might even help you lose a little weight!



About the Author

Joseph Giannotti has over 25 years in the customer service field and a strong interest in marketing, health and good causes. He is currently working as a customer service rep for Polymer Technologies and spends most of his time with his new passion as a ride share driver.