If you’re on any form of social media, by now you should have noticed all of this talk about “Green Smoothies.” A lot of people drink them daily for the nutrients, but for me.. I’m on a different agenda.
This past January, some of my family and friends took on our very own “Eat Clean” challenge. We cleansed by juicing for an entire week…for ALL MEALS! Then, we incorporated a vegetarian diet for seven days, which then evolved into a lean meat and leafy greens diet. Needless to say, the “Eat Clean” challenge was very effective. As a household, we shed a great amount of weight and inches! We would even find ourselves sitting in bed eating granola as a snack! Like, seriously… a lifestyle change was amongst us! Until… (cue dramatic music) one Sunday evening after church! We almost always go out to eat after church, and on this particular Sunday we went to Hops. If you have ever been to Hops, then you are familiar with those rolls they sit in front of your face before your meal comes. Yeah, it happened. I told myself that having just one wouldn’t hurt. I did have just one but of course this trickled over to me making excuses to have just one french fry and one piece of chocolate. I think you all know where I am headed with this. I now need to recharge and get back on track.
So, here I am. In need of a good ole cleanse! This time, I will be doing smoothies instead of juices. How long? Seven days to be exact. Now, this time, I will not be going all extreme! I am replacing two of my daily meals with a green smoothie. I’ve researched this method and found the “Green for Life” program. So far, so good! I don’t feel famished like I did when I was juicing! It may be because of the Greek yogurt and flax seed, I’m not too sure, but whatever it is, I don’t feel like I am flat out starving! I also drink about six bottles of water a day. I haven’t looked into too many different recipes but so far the one that works best for me is:
- 1 banana peeled and cut
- 1 large orange peeled and segmented
- 6 Strawberries
- 1 cup of ice
- A handful of spinach
- 2 tbsp of Flax Seed
- 1/3 cup of Greek Yogurt
I actually don’t have a fancy blender. I use the same blender I have had for years. However, I would suggest getting a high powered blender so that it will smoothly puree the ingredients. No complaints so far! I will update you all on different recipes and the progress of this cleanse in the weeks to come : )
Have you ever taken part in a diet challenge? Have you done a cleanse? Lost lots of weight? Share your experience and suggestions below!
Pushing to be Summertime fine,