What We Thought.
So it really got our creative juices flowing and a couple days into it my 10-year-old (pictured above) even said, “Mom, can I make up my own smoothie recipe today?” She loved deciding what to throw in the blender and since we all enjoyed the outcome she was very proud of herself!
I was recently inspired by Holly to try out the whole green smoothie thing. I love vegetables even though I probably don't eat them as often as I should. I also had never tried making a smoothie with greens before, so I wanted to try it out-for fun and health. Good news-green smoothies are awesome! Since this was my first encounter with the whole thing I started small with a five day challenge. If you want to join in the fun you can! The rules are simple: make a smoothie everyday for five days that includes two big handfuls of greens (spinach, kale, whatever you like!). Here are my creations. Day 1: I made a smoothie of 2 cups blueberries, 1/2 a banana, 2 big handfuls of spinach and 1 cup of water. This smoothie was delicious and I was surprised to find that I couldn't taste the spinach at all. This made a little more than a full glass so I used the extra smoothie batter to make Popsicles for my 2 year-old niece. I saw her eat two in a row one day, little did she know she was eating a little spinach too. I'm a very sneaky aunt! Day 2: I made a smoothie of 2 apples (one gala and one granny smith), 2 big handfuls of spinach, 1 cup water and 1/2 cup crushed ice. This one was much more grassy in taste. It wasn't bad, but this was my least favorite. I did like the tart taste that the granny smith apple added to it. Day 3: I made a smoothie of 1 cup raspberries, 1/3 cup coconut flakes, 2 big handfuls of spinach and 1 cup water. This was one of my favorites as I love the combination of raspberries and coconut. It was almost dessert like-it was so good! Day 4: I made a smoothie of 1 1/2 cups sliced peaches, 2 big handfuls of spinach, 1 tablespoon honey, 1/4 cup raw oats and 1 cup water. I have seen folks include oats in smoothies before and I wanted to see what it was like-it's good! This smoothie really made me feel full and the addition of a little honey was a sweet treat. Day 5: I made a smoothie of 1 cup fresh pineapple chunks, 1/2 a banana, 2 big handfuls of spinach and 2 cups water. This was probably my favorite smoothie from the whole week-the pineapple made it super refreshing!
Simple MEAL REPLACEMENT.
NATURAL WEIGHT LOSS.
• 8 ice cubes • unsweetened pomegranate juice to one cup mark (after adding ice) • 4 pitted dates • 1-2" chunk of banana • 1/4 apple wedge • 1/4 orange wedge • a few washed spinach leaves or a chunk of white cabbage • a large handful of frozen organic berries.
6 Signs you're ready for the challenge.
Chia is superb nutritionally, with protein and calcium, and it's great for digestion. Chia seeds absorb liquids and expand up to 12 times their size, so experiment a little with the liquid to get the thickness you like for your smoothie. • 1/2 cup blanched almonds, soaked overnight or boiled briefly to soften • 1 cup frozen organic berries (if the berries aren't frozen, reduce the water by 1/2 cup and add 8 ice cubes) • 1-1/2 - 2 cups water • 2 TB chia seeds, ground in coffee grinder or soaked in the smoothie mix for a while before blending and drinking.