I have a confession – lately, I don’t really like eating vegetables. This is something that’s hard for me to admit because I love vegetables and I’ve always had the reputation in my family for being the one to remind everyone to eat their veggies. Okay, it’s not that I don’t like eating them but given the choice, I would choose something else. I think that it’s a combination of things that has led to this from not having the time to cook to a lack of inspired recipes to just losing the taste for vegetables. At the same time, I know that I’m not getting all the nutrients that I need in my daily diet and that something needed to change.
So, I was really excited when I saw that Amanda over at Run to the Finish was doing a 30-day Green Smoothie challenge for the month of June. It was just the kick in the pants that I needed to get back on track. As I read through the benefits of green smoothies that Amanda listed, I found myself nodding my head.
- Need more veggies in your diet but don’t want to go vegan? Yes
- Struggling with low energy in the afternoon and need to be focused? Yes
- Your skin has been breaking out more often or your hair has lost its luster? Yes
- You’re increasing the length of intensity of your workouts and you need better recover? er…getting there.
In a smoothie-form, nutrients are also more readily available for your body to be absorbed. However, I was worried that my intake of sugar would also increase but I learned from Bex and Mike Perrine that the addition of greens in a smoothie helps to slow the absorbtion of sugar.
So June 1 (ohmygoodness it’s June already???!?) – Green Smoothie Challenge is on. I will admit that I am traveling home today so I will likely resort to drinking a pre-made green juice. But I am looking forward to stocking my fridge full of goodies to experiment with.
Won’t you join? You can sign up here. Here is a guide to green smoothies if you’re interested in finding out more information about getting started with green smoothies. Plus, Christine over at Oatmeal in My Bowl posted 31 delicious green smoothie recipes.