Good Morning, and Happy Friday!
This month, with only 8 weeks until bikini time, I’ve decided to try a ‘Green Smoothie Challenge’, to get my body feeling rejuvenated, my skin looking better, and hopefully, my jeans fitting better! I’ve tried a green juice, (infact I love Naked Green machine) but have never tried a green smoothie, and definitely haven’t made one at home. I am often put off by the washing up that comes with making the smoothie at home, oh and the fact that we have had such a cold winter, a cold smoothie isn’t exactly the first thing I think about in the morning.
But, I have seen them all over blog land, and have read about the benefits of the drinking one a day. Here’s what Julie Montangu promises you’ll get out of it…
The more greens people add to their diet, the more enthusiastic and energetic they become! Reducing the demand on your digestive system will boost your physical energy as well as your emotional energy! When your body doesn’t have to process heavy foods and toxins, you will in turn feel energetic and invigorated!
HEALTHIER BODY WEIGHT!
Participants often tell us about weight plateaus that have been broken, workouts that yield better results, and clothes that just become too big! With simple nutrient-dense foods you will feel easily satisfied and overeating is much less likely to happen.
The more greens people add to their diet, the more enthusiastic and energetic they get! Reducing the demand on your digestion will boost your physical and emotional energy! When your body doesn’t have to process heavy foods and toxins, you feel energetic and invigorated!
Changing to a diet that consists of fresh food will dramatically improve your digestion! You’ll feel better because food is being processed through your system much more efficiently. What’s going on in the gut has an effect on every part of your overall health and well-being!
You’ll feel less irritable, more interested in spending time with others and less “on the edge of your nerves”. All because your body is feeling rested and peaceful right down to your cells!
You’ll be able to think clearly, feel more focused and get more done because your attention and energy won’t be tied up with digestion! (source)
Well if these are the benefits that I am going to get from the Green smoothie challenge, then sign me up! Many websites offer paid-for-plans, which are great and give you recipes, e-books, and motivational emails. I’m not going to do that, sorry! I am just going to share the recipes that I’m using, most of them have been found online, just follow the links.
I’ll probably drink the same exact smoothie at least two days in a row, to save on costs of produce, effort (just make a double batch!) and if I like one particularly, then obviously I’m going to make it again! I’m also going to add in some flax seeds to my smoothies, as well as a little protein powder to those on days where I am doing a lot of exercise!
This week I’ll be making these four smoothies (double batches;
|I’ll be drinking my smoothies in my, as yet, unused Starbucks cold cup!
Here are the ingredients you’ll need to follow along
2 green apples
1 large bag spinach
1 romaine lettuce
Bag frozen berries
Agave syrup or liquid stevia
Ground flax seeds
Protein powder of your choice, I’ll be trying out Vanilla PhD Diet Whey Protein Powder
These ingredients will see you through 8/9 days of smoothies! I’ll be posting pics on the blog and on twitter, along with brief recipes, but follow the links to see the originals!
Please send me links to other green smoothies you want to try or think I should!! Or tweet me @charliedwatson if you’re joining the challenge, or have any recommendations!
What are your thoughts on green smoothies? Love them or loathe them, or never tried them?