In an effort to get slightly healthier and pack more veggies in my
It was about three years ago, my friends and I went on the Blueprint Cleanse juice diet for five days. I know some people swear by them, but to be honest, I thought it was a huge waste of time and more than anything, money. It is one thing to start your day with a super food filled juice, it is quite another to drink every meal and miss chewing something. When it was all said and done, I lost three pounds (gained back in a week), my breath was stinky, and my brain functionality was not even close to full throttle. Yes, it made us all idiots for a week. I preface all this by saying that we are all generally healthy eaters and have active lifestyles and felt it did not do much for us, but for those people that have a lot of junk and fast food in their diet looking to "jump start" a healthier way of life, this might be a good route to get started.
So clearly I am not going to start drinking all my meals anytime soon (ever), but starting the day with a antioxidant and nutrient filled smoothie sounds like something I can tackle. And maybe even like. I did some research and found that while juicing gives you a lot of nutrients, it does not give you the benefit of an entire piece of fruit or vegetable, so I decided that the smoothie route is better for me. While I wish a yogurt heavy, filled with sugary fruit smoothie was the healthiest option, the mostly green and dairy free version is the better route.
To make these green smoothies you need a machine that can pulverise every fruit and veggie you plan on throwing in. The Vitamix is heavily recommended and I even have wanted one for awhile, but given that I have no idea if this smoothie kick will last, I went with the Nutribullet. It is $100, super easy to clean (everything gets thrown in the dishwasher), and does not take up a huge amount of space in your cabinets.
I have been using this recipe for the Glowing Green Smoothie as my reference. I switch up the greens, sometimes adding kale or chard, throwing in a carrot or strawberries, and sprinkling in some chia or flax seeds. I like more lemon juice as well. You can also add coconut water instead of the plain stuff.
It has taken a few days to get used to this drink. It is not like a milkshake, or maybe it is, but you have to chew it a little and there is no sugary deliciousness. I do feel better starting my day with a big healthy drink. I am hoping it does help my skin a bit, which is one of the main reasons I am doing it at all.