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.
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