The 30 day challenge is over and we feel great. Every day that I drink a smoothie in the morning, I feel better. My husband says they make him more… er… regular I guess is a nice way to put it. Even Peanut is starting to drink them again and says she likes them. We’ve continued to make them nearly every day and I plan on continuing for the indefinite future.
I’ve been experimenting with adding flax seed. Flax seeds have some wonderful benefits, including high fiber content and Omega-3 fatty acids. Once again, I don’t taste anything different at all when I add them. They do make it thicker, so you have to keep that in mind. I’ve started adding them every day (though I decrease the avocado to 1/4 instead of 1/2 to make up for the thickening properties).
I’ve also been experimenting with adding other vegetables. My husband doesn’t like fresh tomatoes much, but they’re great for you. I’ve figured out that I can add 1/2 a tomato to our smoothies without noticing it at all. If you add more than that, you may taste it a bit (though not enough to keep my husband from drinking it). I can also add quite a bit of carrots without noticing it at all. Broccoli is a bit more tricky to add and I haven’t been able to not taste it when I’ve added it, but maybe I need to start off slower.
I feel like this challenge has given me a jump start to eating more healthy. I still don’t eat perfectly (As I type this, I’m sipping a cup of coffee with creamer), but I’m feeling more like I want to take steps in that direction. We’ve started drinking kombucha daily. I’m planning on drinking raw milk. I feel like taking healthy snacks when we’re out. I don’t want to eat out as often. I want to start running. Overall, I just feel great. I’m sure a lot of it is in my head, but that’s okay. If mind games make me healthier, I’m okay with it! Here are a couple more recipes if you want to venture out of the norm. Until then, I hope you’re all drinking (or at least thinking about drinking) green smoothies and feeling great like us!
Flax Seed Experiment
1 Tbsp flax seeds
4 big leaves kale
1 handful spinach (there was a lot of kale)
I had a lot of issues with this one. First off, I added the orange and extra strawberries because the flax seeds seemed to make the smoothie thicker. The kale leaves were really big, so I didn’t add as much spinach, but it still ended up a lot more green than normal. Lastly, we drank this one after Peanut went to bed because I forgot to make them in the morning and we were gone all day, so that with the extra additions made way too much smoothie. I kept some of it in the fridge to add to the next day’s smoothie. Probably enough for another adult honestly. Couldn’t taste the flax seeds at all though!
No Spinach! Ahh!
1-2 Tbsp flax seeds
1 handful baby carrots
13 leaves red chard
After slowly increasing the more potent greens in our smoothies, I decided it was time to truly delve into the realm of going no-spinach. I purposely made the flavor fruit in this one really powerful (oranges, lemon, lime, pineapple). It’s really good! I couldn’t taste the greens at all.