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)
-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!