After reading a lot about getting more healthy and becoming more aware about what you put in your body, I kept seeing Green Smoothies mentioned repeatedly. I’ve heard a lot about Green Smoothies but I’ve never actually had one (well until today). I don’t even own a blender (shocking!). I’ve heard about the benefits from blogger friends that I admire such as Healthy-Chick, Savory Simple, and SkinnyTaste.
While researching Green Smoothies, I came across the 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge. The goal of this challenge is to drink at least one (or two) green smoothie(s) a day— it can be a meal replacement, a snack or dessert. Drinking at least one green smoothie daily, according to the Simple Green Smoothie website helps with “weight loss, clear skin, more energy, and a nourished body.”
Evidently, Green Smoothies are designed to be a simple way to incorporate large amounts of greens into your diet. Did you know that leafy greens have more valuable nutrients than any other food group? They contain high-quality amino acids, important minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, and beneficial phytochemicals (plant-based chemicals also known as phytonutrients). Phytochemicals keep your body’s immune system and body functioning properly, improve health and longevity, and may reduce life-threatening
Sounds like a worthy challenge, right? Apparently all you need is a blender (which I will borrow from my sis), leafy greens, and fruit. It’s that simple. Oh wait, they add “an open mind, and a willingness to drink your veggies!” When you sign up you get an e-book that helps explain the challenge and give some basic recipes.
For my first smoothie (ever) I tried Skinnytaste’s Green Tropical Smoothie:
Servings: 2 • Serving Size: 1 3/4 cups • Old Points: 4 pts • Points+: 6 pts
Calories: 228 • Fat: 7.7 g • Protein: 10.2 g • Carb: 30.2 g • Fiber: 3.9 g • Sugar:19.4 g • Sodium: 70.5 mg
- 3/4 cup light coconut milk
- 6 oz fat free Greek yogurt
- 3/4 cup fresh pineapple, cubed
- 1 ripe medium banana
- 1 cup spinach
- 2 tbsp sweetened shredded coconut
- 1 1/4 cups ice
Put everything into the blender and blend until smooth. Makes about 3 1/2 cups.
I also added flax seeds, just for the heck of it. I’ve heard so much about how they are high in fiber and are filling. Truth is since I didn’t have a blender, I just combined everything in my food processor. I don’t think it was the right texture so they just got stuck into my teeth. Once a get a blender, I’ll try it again! 🙂 The flavor my husband and I loved! I didn’t have the shredded coconut either, but I will definitely give this one another try!
How about you? Are you ready to try the 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge?