What’s in my smoothies?
Before I started the challenged, I pinned quite a few different green smoothies that I wanted to try. In reality, I glanced at a few of the recipes to get a sense of the ingredients and the proportions. Then, my inner smoothie-maker started to emerge.
I haven’t been following any strict recipes. Instead have been experimenting with whatever’s in the house and seeing how it turns out. I’ve used everything from milk, water, coconut water, yogurt, frozen/fresh spinach, frozen peaches, frozen mangos, frozen/fresh berries, apples and kale. I haven’t been measuring the ingredients, mostly eye-balling it. It’s funny because even after almost 15 years, I remember what the basic building blocks of a smoothie should look like in a blender.
My favorite smoothie so far has been this one.
- Zico mango coconut water (1/2 cup – 1 cup)
- Chobani nonfat plain yogurt (1/2 cup)
- Frozen peaches (1/2 cup – 3/4 cup)
- 4-5 strawberries fresh from the farmers market
What blender am I using?
When I started the challenge, I used a Krups blender that my husband and I received as a wedding gift nearly 9 years ago. While it still functioned, it was definitely not performing well. So, I asked for a Vitamix as a combined Mother’s Day and birthday present. Quite simply, it is amazing.
Notice any differences?
While it’s only been 11 days, I have noticed one major difference. I’m not as hungry during the day when I have a green smoothie for breakfast. That’s huge for me. Normally, I have breakfast around 7:30am but I’m STARVING by 10am, regardless if I’ve worked out or not. I’m considering switching my green smoothie to the afternoon to see if it has a similar effect on my afternoon blahs and hunger.
While it’s been fun experimenting, I feel like I should be more diligent about measuring my ingredients. Smoothies are one of those things that can easily balloon in size and calories. The whole point of this challenge isn’t to have an excuse to sugar-laden dessert drink every day but to reap the health benefits of green smoothies.
I excited for the rest of this challenge. I’m really curious to see if I feel any other noticeable differences by the end of the month.
Do you drink green smoothies? What are some of your favorite combos? Have you noticed any differences since you started drinking green smoothies? I post most of my smoothies on Instagram so come and follow me there!