Who’s in?!?!?! I love green smoothies! Green smoothies were in large part responsible for my weight loss back in the day and it was completely by accident.
I started drinking green smoothies for my health. I looked at my diet and recognized that I was not eating enough fruits and vegetables. The thought of consuming so much of the good stuff however was a little daunting for me and I thought there must be an easier way.
So I took the lazy girl way out and decided to blend them together every morning in order to get my fill of vitamins and minerals. That was truly the only reason. I wanted to be healthy for my little munchkin, I wanted to encourage her to be healthy as well and so I decided to give green smoothies a try.
It was so easy to blend one and go every morning since the 9-5 life I was living back then lent little time for preparing a healthy breakfast. Or maybe there was enough time but I valued my sleep more. You know I’m not much of a morning person.
So I’ve decided to get back into the habit of having a green smoothie a day to clear out any muckiness in my insides, do a little detox and get back on track where weight and overall health is concerned. This time I’m hoping you will join me!
I’ll be hosting a 14-day green smoothie challenge starting this Sunday and ending on December 23, giving you a break for all the Christmas festivities. Now is the perfect time to partake in such a challenge because you’re probably not eating well for much of December and could use the extra help with digestion and detox!
We’ll start back in January with a 30-day challenge to clear out all the mess once again and that will run from January 2-31.
Are you in? Need more convincing?
5 Reasons Why Green Smoothies Are So Good For You
Green smoothies offer max nutrition – There’s nothing healthier than a big bowl of green leafy vegetables. Greens like spinach, kale, broccoli, cabbage, collard greens and lettuce pack a powerful punch when it comes to vitamins and minerals. They’re great for digestion, for your skin, for your hair, to prevent cancer and just keep you moving, yo!
Green smoothies are easy to digest – because the greens and other ingredients are already blended, your body has much less work to do to break down the foods and get to the good stuff it needs to function. They’re an awesome way to give your body a break so it can focus on other functions like detoxifying the meat you eat (or the alcohol you drank last night), the toxins you breathe in, the lotion you put on your skin etc etc.
Green smoothies help you to shed excess pounds – everyone could stand to lose a couple pounds. If the rest of your diet isn’t so great then green smoothies won’t work a miracle but replacing one meal a day with something so nutritious, filling and low in calories is a great way to get rid of unwanted pounds.
Green smoothies boost energy – because your body didn’t have to spend time breaking down your usual breakfast foods but received such a high density of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants you’ll be much lighter on your feet, have a clarity of mind and benefit from a great energy boost to get through your day.
Green smoothies boost your immune system – these smoothies are packed with phytonutrients, antioxidants and vitamins and minerals that strengthen your body’s immune system meaning your likelihood to catch a common cold when consuming loads of green smoothies are slim! I can attest to this! Green smoothies can also help to lower cholesterol and high blood pressure when consumed at least once per day.
Did you know that some nutritionists argue that green smoothies are even healthier than eating a salad? There are two main reasons for this:
- Blending breaks down fruits and vegetables – going back to the point of making smoothies easier to digest than eating a salad, your body is able to receive more of the nutrients than if you chewed up the pieces when you blend them.
- You’re able to consume a lot more greens in a smoothie than in a salad – you can stuff two (or more) whole cups of spinach into a blender but you’re probably not going to eat so much in a salad.
I advocate for blending your vegetables and greens instead of juicing them because juicing removes a lot of the fiber that’s helpful to flush out the toxins in your body and to help you feel fuller. I want to keep the fruits and veggies as close to their natural state as possible, juicing removes too much of the benefits I’m after.
Now, there’s a specific science to blending your perfect green smoothie. Just like a salad can be laden with unhealthy toppings causing it to be very high in calories and defeating the whole purpose, so can a smoothie tip the scale if you use too much fruit or fruit high in natural sugars. This is especially important for those who are diabetic or watching their sugar intake.
On this challenge, I will be including fruits that rank low and in the middle of the glycemic index as well as some powerful punches to add to your smoothies for added benefits. These will include nuts and seeds for protein and other nutrients, superfood supplements and odd ingredient here and there to add something new to your diet. You can always add a spoonful of honey or stevia to help with taste in the beginning if you need it. I used to do this until I got used to the taste and found the perfect ratio of fruit to veggies for me.
How The Challenge Will Work
There’s a grocery list below to guide you. This is a super-list and you absolutely do not need to buy everything on it to participate. When you sign up, you will receive this recipe guide plus four recipes to begin with. Mix and match ingredients from the different sections to create a delicious smoothie no matter what you happen to have on hand. More recipes will be posted in our Facebook group.
It’s important to rotate your ingredients so that you’re getting a variety of nutrients and so that you don’t get bored. Try not to use the same greens every day. Creativity is encouraged and is super easy with this guide.
Sunday is our first day. Make your smoothie and take a picture. You can upload it to Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #LMBLGreenSmoothie or you can share it with the Living My Best Life Facebook Group.
Why do you need to share your smoothies?
Cause there’s a prize at the end! Yaaay whooooohooooo!
It’s Christmas after all, I couldn’t leave you hanging! Aside from the amazing health benefits you’re about to gift your body, I’m gifting one person who participates in this green smoothie challenge a $50 Amazon gift card!
Every single green smoothie challenge will have a prize at the end so come on this amazing journey with me! Green smoothies are just one of the ways I recommended in this list of ways to lead a happy life, every single day.
Let’s get ready, here’s your grocery list. Remember to sign up below to receive this list in a handy PDF format as well as your first recipes. The winner will be selected from my email list so while you don’t have to sign up to participate, you must sign up to win. 😉
Green smoothie tip: Blend your greens with your liquid first so that all the greens are blended out nice and smooth and leaves space for your fruits and nuts. I recommend a Vitamix blender for your smoothies because no matter what you throw at a Vitamix, your smoothies will come out the perfect texture every single time! Ice, nuts or even frozen fruit are no match for a Vitamix! (It also creates chunky chops for salsa etc and kneads dough!) A Ninja blender is also a great option, the Vitamix can be pricey.
#LMBLGreenSmoothie Master Grocery List
- ripe bananas (around 5 or 6 will do for 2 weeks)
- medium papaya
- assorted berries (since I live in Jamaica where these are either not available fresh or very expensive, I buy them frozen in bulk)
- romaine lettuce
- swiss chard or beet greens
- celery sticks
- chopped callaloo (This is a Caribbean thing, use collard greens with stems removed for my international friends)
Liquid Options (When plain old water won’t do)
Proteins/Fiber/Healthy Fats (you’ll need only small portions of these but they’re so healthy I buy them in bulk)
- Almonds (or your preferred nuts, I like this mix)
- Pumpkin seeds
- Hemp hearts/seeds (good omega booster)
- Sunflower seeds
- Flax seeds
- Chia seeds
- Greek yogurt (plain)
Superfood add-ins and miscellaneous
- Spirulina powder
- Green Superfood with Wheatgrass
- Maca powder
- Turmeric (use with milk for better absorption)
- Ginger (or get the powder)
- Organic Cayenne (if you can handle it, super great antioxidant)
- Cinnamon (spring for organic Ceylon cinnamon)
- Vanilla bean (or organic extract)
- Medjool Dates to sweeten
Grab your recipe guide below! See you on the healthier side and please, share this with a friend!