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Day 5! The end of our first (short) week! Tomorrow we will begin the first full week; everyone should have received the plan, with recipes and a shopping list in their inbox. If not, please let me know so I can send it your way. Before I share with you my smoothie of the day I wanted to let you know something I am going to try — feel free to try it and let me know how it goes. Yesterday, I was at a birthday for one of my girls’ friends and while I was talking smoothies with some of the moms an idea hit me. A couple days ago we talked about freezing our greens on Facebook, why not freeze our greens with all of our other ingredients (except the liquid portion of the recipe) in an air tight freezer bag. On Sunday, you could prepare your smoothies for the week and then just plop them in the blender. Not a bad idea when you are exceptionally time crunched. I haven’t tried this yet, but I’m going to.
Today, I made the pear smoothie recipe that was sent out in the email. I make this smoothie sporadically because I find it to be rather sweet. The ingredients are:
4 pears, sliced
2 cups of spinach
2 cups of almond milk
1 tsp of cinnamon
2 tbsp Hemp Hearts
I started by blending the spinach with the almond milk.
After that I mixed in all the other ingredients.
I then had my smoothie to share with my family! Whom, by the way, seemed to drink it all!
Funny, over the last few days I have received pictures, emails and posts of people and their kids enjoying their smoothies! Such a wonderful thing.
After spending some time talking about smoothies this weekend I realized that there are many out there who are intimidated by making one. I promise, it really is quick, easy, delicious and nutritious! Once you try it, you’ll feel the benefits. We drink smoothies often in our house and we have for a long time. Last September, we fell into a rut and weren’t making them as often. My husband said to me one night, you know, I think it’s the lack of smoothies that are making me lethargic. This coming from my husband was amazing! And, I agree, it was the smoothies. We are able to get more fruits and veggies in one smoothie than in one typical meal. It is an easy way to get what you need to fuel your body and when it’s missing you realize how your typical eating habits can lack those 5-7 servings of fruits and veggies. So, for those intimidated – try! I’m not asking you to give up any meals – if you do, that is fine, as long as you are eating balanced. What I’m asking you to do is get one very nutrient dense drink to help set you up for a successful day of eating!
Please, enjoy your Sunday!!
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In January 2013 I realized I needed to do something to improve my health. I spent 2012 on maternity leave and often neglected taking care of my own health (sleepless nights and caring for a tiny human will do that!). Not to mention the many years before that where health was at the bottom of my list of priorities. Luckily, I discovered Lisa's 30 day green smoothie challenge. The recipes were incredible and a green smoothie drinker was born! But I didn't stop there. Starting each day in such a healthy way led me to consult with a naturopath (it would have been Lisa if we were in the same city), do an elimination diet, and discover that I have sensitivities to wheat and milk. I changed to a whole foods-based diet (most of the time) and took up running. In the span of 8.5 months I went from being tired and sluggish on the couch (literally - I could run for one minute at a time before having to walk) to having enough energy to run the Detroit International Half Marathon. I actually RAN the whole thing! And I lost almost 60lbs along the way! Thank you, Lisa, for being my catalyst. Your challenge kept me interested in a new way of living and saved me! I continue to drink a green smoothie every day for breakfast. What a wonderful way to start each day!
Thank you thank you thank you!!!
Imogen Meloche Windsor, Ontario