Daily green smoothies are my first Monthly Habit because they're tasty (usually) and extremely nutritious. I've been drinking them sporadically for a few years, and want to make them a part of my daily routine. Drinking coffee every morning is a super easy, so why not drink a smoothie each day.
During this month I'll be tracking my weight, energy level and assessing any other physical changes.
The basic green smoothie recipe that I'll be following is
- 1-2 cups liquid -- water, juice, watery fruit, coconut water, kombucha tea, etc. -- if you prefer a thicker consistency, use ice cubes in place of some or all of the liquid. You can also use way less liquid. I just happen to like it almost watery.
- a couple pieces or cups of fruit -- some or all can be frozen if you want it colder and/or thicker
- a couple big handfuls of greens -- probably 2-4 cups
Today's green smoothie
This habit will start with a very basic recipe. I'll make them more interesting as we go along.
2 c water -- should have used less since I had the orange
2 bananas -- started with one but the smoothie was too bland
4 gigantic chard leaves
Push go and blend it all up. Honestly, it was a bit bland and I should have used less water. This batch made about 4 cups of green smoothie. Drinking a quart of liquid in one sitting isn't my thing, so I spread it out over a couple of hours.
My vital stats:
Weight -- Ha! Did you think I was going to post my weight on the internet for the whole world to see? Not a chance! I'm at a pretty healthy weight, but would like to be 10 lbs lighter so I'll post any changes I see.
Energy -- I feel great. But, today I'm excited about my new venture, so it's probably not a valid assessment.
UPDATE: A lot of people say that their green smoothies make them feel full for hours. I was hungry within a couple of hours. I'll try adding something else to tomorrow's smoothie.
One thing you should know is that I don't have a kitchen right now. It's in the process of being remodeled (an amazingly loooong process, I might add) so my refrigerator is in the dining room and my food prep area is in the spare bathroom. So, it's not as convenient as being able grab stuff from the fridge, put it in the sink to wash and then cut and blend it up. My point? These are so easy to make, other than a loss of power, there's no excuse not to make them.
Come on back tomorrow and I'll show you a new green smoothie creation.
Please note that I'm not a nutritionist, physician or any other kind of professional who is trained in nutrition and I'm not providing nutritional advice. This is just my experience and something I want to try. So, take my experience for what it's worth. Since your body is different from mine, you may have different results.
If you want to join me in this green smoothie experiment, leave a comment below. Even if you're reading this post later this month, year, decade, if I'm still maintaining this blog, I'd love to support you.