The new year is an easy way to make big changes. Wipe the slate clean and start fresh, right?
I used to make green smoothies all the time, for breakfast, for a snack, whatever. Especially in the winter months, it’s harder to drink cold things. But this year, I’m ignoring that and participating in simplegreensmoothies.com 30 day green smoothie challenge. I started on December 30th, so today is Day 5! It’s really easy, really delicious, and you know you’re doing something good for yourself.
The purpose of this challenge is to maximize your nutrition, increase your veggie intake, and especially get them in their raw and über-nutritional form. A bagel for breakfast equals zero nutritional value. Those extra “fortified nutrients” don’t count. And those empty carbs cause silent inflammation and promote disease in your body. Raw, whole foods = nutrients in their real form, and are sucked up by every cell in your body to make you thrive. Real nutrients, real vitamins, real fiber, I think I rest my case.
This week I loaded up on tons of spinach and fruit. To make this more affordable, Trader Joe’s frozen fruits are a steal. In my cart this week: Blueberries, strawberries, mangoes, pineapples and mixed berries! Bananas and coconut milk, and obviously spinach! Make sure you buy your spinach organic; it’s on the dirty dozen list, ick!!
Now green smoothies don’t always look incredibly wonderful, but I promise if you start out with small amounts of spinach.. You will never know! If you are totally new to the green smoothie concept, my guaranteed crowd pleaser is
1c milk (of your choice, preferably non-dairy because cow boob juice is gross)
1T peanut butter (or more if you anticipate choking these greens down)
1c fresh, organic spinach (more if you are adventurous)
a couple of ice cubes
and BLEND. DRINK, Try to enjoy and repeat again tomorrow.
*substitute almond butter to stay Paleo. PB actually sucks and I need to not eat it.
My go-to the last few days has been super simple, and I make extra so I can have two a day.
1c coconut milk (the real deal from the can, fat is good for you)
& as much spinach as I can pack into my Vitamix :D!!
*today I added a banana to feel a little more fancy.
And for some weird reason this concoction makes my mouth water, but that will happen to you too, once you start drinking them everyday.
Go stock up on your greens, and get started.