As most of you can probably attest, a large percentage of us do not consume our daily dose of fresh fruits & vegetables. If you haven’t heard of a Green Smoothie and you’re interested in increasing your daily health, check it out! A Green Smoothie is approximately 50/50 fresh organic fruit (frozen can be used but fresh is preferable) and leafy greens (kale, spinach, chard, etc.). Basically, blend these ingredients and add water and chill for 1 hour (or use ice or frozen berries for a quick cool smoothie). The Green Smoothie Challenge is a healthy way to increase your intake of natural vitamins & minerals & if used as a meal replacement, can help you drop pounds. Today, I replaced my dinner with my first Green Smoothie! I feel pretty full still an hour later!
Here’s what I made tonight:
1 C strawberries
2 small bananas
5 Kale Leaves
Water (to desired consistency)
It was pretty good! It made 1 tall glass plus a smaller glass (that I gave to Sarge). I thought the Kale would be overpowering but it wasn’t a bit! I do need to get a better blender though. I think mine is on it’s way out.
I am excited to be starting on a new challenge, after stepping away from the diet for 4 days – and oh how sweet it was (thank you Cinnamon Twisp Bakery). ;P Little secret, I actually felt hungrier and had more cravings when I was ‘off diet’ last weekend while we were away at the family cabin. I’m not sure if it was the altitude (little inside joke, we blame all our ails on that when we’re there) – or more likely, that I was just eating random foods and probably not getting as much protein and going longer between meals. Well, I’m back on the wagon today and have kicked things off with day 1 of my 14 day Green Smoothie Challenge! Join me?