A couple weeks ago, my husband saw a documentary (while I was sitting in my 4-hour class on a Tuesday night — woo!) called Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, a Joe Cross film, which follows one man’s journey towards health through Juicing. This sparked my husband and I to consider doing a Juice cleansing, then, seeing the major price tag on juicers, quickly switched to the idea of Green Smoothies. Pulling out our Ninja chopper we had not used once since our wedding, but registered for with the best intentions, of course, we set out to the produce market, stocked up on a crazy amount of fruits and veggies and decided to do two Green Smoothies a day for breakfast and lunch, and one regular (a.k.a. solid food) dinner for a week. The first day was AWFUL. I had a headache all day. But realized midway through the day, had I had coffee yet? The answer was NO! Hence, the headache. Smoothies not to be blamed. Moving on, fast-forward a couple of days, and we felt great! Lighter, leaner, more trendy. And without trying, we collectively lost 7 pounds. Dang. Then, cue the Fourth of July, along with our 1 Year Wedding Anniversary falling in the same week, we had to derail our Green Smoothie plan (come on, it’s the 4th!). What I did notice, and my husband (Brandon), did as well, when we were eating “normally”, we were craving more healthy foods, and became fuller much quicker. Score! So what is a Green Smoothie? Well, it’ll look different for each person depending on specific fruit/veggie preferences, but, the basic formula is as follows:
– Base: 1 – 1.5 Cup of a Base Liquid (Water, Coconut Water, Almond Milk, etc.)
– Greens: Add a handful of your Greens (Spinach, Kale, Celery, Swiss Chard)
– Fruit: 1-2 Cups of fresh or frozen Fruit
– Extras: Protein Powder, Peanut Butter, Chia Seeds, Flaxseed Oil
– Something Sweet: Honey, Syrup, Stevia
So, there you have it. Go out there and blend! Enjoy your Smunch (word created by Brandon = Smoothie + Lunch, genius!). Anyway, back to the original title of this post, my poor neighbors (we live in an apartment complex that is nowhere near modern), have to hear our little Ninja approximately 4 times a day now. And sometimes (many times) as early as 6:30 a.m. (I’M SORRY). I’m super paranoid about being “that neighbor,” you know them, so I’m still amazed there have been no complaints. I take that as a sign.
We are on week 2 so far, and no, this blog was not created to document our Green Smoothie intake, even though I will keep you updated. Rather, this is a blog to share life; the beautiful, ordinary, really boring, and many times super great aspects of the everyday.