Health post: The green smoothie

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In addition to getting my super energetic butt back in shape, I decided to discipline my body and start a 30-day green smoothie challenge. The green smoothie challenge is not really a diet unless you want it to be. It’s to train your body to consume more greens and veggies on a daily basis. The green smoothie can replace one-two meals a day and each serving is about 2 cups or 16 ounces. I’m replacing my breakfast with the smoothie, and I’m bringing the other half as part of my lunch. I’m planning on snacking on nuts, and other healthy snacks most of the day to boost my metabolism. I am also going to prepare some great, filling recipes with brown rice, greens, and white meat for the days I’m weight training because a girl’s gotta eat!

 I’m already a fruit lover, but I must admit that I don’t always eat as many greens as I hope to. I get a Chop’t salad here and there, but it’s nearly not as often as I get sandwiches with barely any vegetables. I went for the smoothie challenge after I saw a post on Hey Fran Hey‘s facebook page about how someone preps their smoothies for the week. It just looked so pretty! I got a blender for Christmas, so I figured… why not? I signed up for the challenge on simplegreensmoothies.com to get some crucial information, like which fruits are or aren’t important to get organic. We all know how expensive organic produce is, so I wanted to make sure I get all the benefits I can possibly get, but under a budget!

I learned that all the greens (kale, spinach) I buy should be organic, in addition to apples, berries, potatoes, pears, celery and grapes. They are known to contain the most amount of pesticides. The least contaminated fruits are the ones with thicker skins like bananas, pineapples, mangos, papayas, kiwis, and the likes. For a full list click here!

I also learned that a good smoothie should be have a good amount of protein. Although greens like spinach and kale already come packed with protein, a little extra protein never hurts. Protein burns slower than carbs, so by having a good amount of it, your body feels full longer, which keeps you from eating too much. Bam! And let me know tell you ladies, and gents, I feel good today. But it’s only the first time, so we will see what happens.

I didn’t go along with the grocery list greensimplesmoothies.com sent for the week of January 7 because I already went to the grocery store and bought some essential smoothie items. I got a bunch of bags for frozen organic berries of all kinds, some organic apples, kale, spinach, grapefruits and bananas. I got the flaxseeds to add on top, but I realized I can add nuts as a sort of protein too! My apartment always has raw almonds around.

My very first green smoothie for the day was the following:

-2 cups kale

-1/2 cup organic raspberries (not 1.5 cups as indicated in picture)

-2 bananas

-1 organic apple

-1.5 cups of water

Since I don’t have a $400 blender, I blended my fruits and veggies in different steps. I started out by blending the kale with some water. Always blend the greens first to avoid an uneven, leafy, glob. Then I added the bananas, and blended that mixture, then the apples, then the berries. I finished by adding the flaxseeds. Add as much water as you want based on the consistency you prefer and blend. I think I used about 1.5 cups of water. Simplegreensmoothies.com have amazing recipes that I can’t wait to try. I’m going to stop by Trader Joe’s to see what else I can find in the frozen organic fruits section. Whole Foods is great, but it always means, “whole paycheck”. Get it? Get it?

I’m looking forward to share more of my yummy green smoothie recipes with you. If you want to try the green smoothie challenge with me, let me know below! Stay tuned for some fitness posts too. I’m just so excited to have a workout buddy!


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11 Comments on Health post: The green smoothie

  1. Scott Mitchell
    January 8, 2013 at 8:17 am (2 years ago)

    Looks delicious and of course healthy. My daughter and I watched a show that showed a healthy smoothie they make in Peru. It contains blended frog! lol
    Have a great week

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    • findingpaola
      January 8, 2013 at 10:44 am (2 years ago)

      Frogs! I guess I would eat frog legs, but I don’t think I’m brave enough to have some in my smoothie. I made one that looked at bit scarier this morning, but it’s so delicious! I used blueberries instead of raspberries and spinach instead of kale. Yummmmmm!

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  2. jmcvl
    January 8, 2013 at 5:17 am (2 years ago)

    Wow. I am so in awe. I find it so hard to stick with my healthy eating plans – especially working in an office (snack alert!) and a habit for baking in my spare time! Do you have any tricks for when the cravings for carbs or sugary things kick in?!

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    • findingpaola
      January 8, 2013 at 10:46 am (2 years ago)

      Well, I’ve only just begun, but I think the cravings come from not having enough macronutrients in the smoothies. If the smoothie is has enough protein, carbohydrates, natural sugar, and (good fat), you shouldn’t really crave much. I also always have raw almonds around to munch on. And I think you should treat yourself to a cookie when you want one! It’s all about moderation, right? :)

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      • jmcvl
        January 8, 2013 at 2:47 pm (2 years ago)

        definitely. moderation is key. Ooh, thanks for the tips and good luck!

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  3. Haitian Queen
    January 7, 2013 at 9:23 pm (2 years ago)

    Me! Me ! Me! I want to try it with you…I really despise veggies but I want to be healthy so I am going to get out of my “meat-lover Zone” and try it…But it looks good by the way :)

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    • findingpaola
      January 8, 2013 at 10:49 am (2 years ago)

      Yay! I’m excited! Please feel free to share your favorite smoothie recipes when you start! I still love meat, but I’m definitely trying to cut a lot of it out. My body needs an occasional burger topped with bacon though. I’ll just have one once a month! Haha.

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  4. Haitian Queen
    January 7, 2013 at 9:21 pm (2 years ago)

    Me ! Me ! Me…I want to try it with you….I really despise veggies but I want to stay healthy so am going to get out of my comfort zone and try that…It looks good by the way :)

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