Monday, January 5, 2015

FOOD/FITNESS: 30 Day Green Smoothie Challenge

I hate vegetables. My mom likes to tell the story that as a baby, the one food I refused to eat was carrots. I still hate them. Along with anything green (I'm talking about you, broccoli).

The last few months I've been focusing more on being healthy- not just looking good but actually healthy. Recently I did a Stop and Give Me 30 challenge (30 minutes of fitness a day) on Instagram which I plan to continue doing even if I don't post pictures. This month I'm also doing a 30-day Green Smoothie challenge from Simple Green Smoothies with my friend Kelsey. 

The basic tenet? One green smoothie (spinach, kale, etc) per day. 

The first one I've done is the Beginner's Luck Smoothie.

Makes 32 oz | Serves 2
2 cups spinach, fresh (tightly packed)
2 cups water
1 cup mango
1 cup pineapple
2 bananas 

Tightly pack your spinach into a measuring cup and toss into blender. Add water and blend together until smooth. Next add in fruit and blend again.

1. Use at least one frozen fruit to chill your smoothie. I bought a bag of frozen fruit containing the mango, pineapple, and banana. If you do this, adjust measurements accordingly.
2. Feel free to substitute fruit! Just follow their basic formula:

The verdict: it's really good! I'm only on day two but I already have SO much more energy. I've been dragging the last few weeks which I put off simply to not seeing the sun with our short days. Drinking one of these provides me with fruit and veggies which, let's be real, I wasn't really getting before. I find myself actually looking forward to drinking this. Bring on the rest of January! 

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