Green Smoothies....what a way for me to start posting again, lol. It has been awhile since I have been
here but since then I(gained some) and then lost a total of 25 pounds because of smoothies. Also a few of my friends were talking about smoothies this morning I decided to post this.
I put on too much weight after Mike and I got home this winter. I needed to do something and I came across a book and an encouragement group online for the 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse by JJ Smith and I have to say it works. Her Book I did the modified version first and that's how I lost most of my weight. I also lost my cravings for sweets which for me is unbelievable although I have been slowing eating more of those...which I need to watch.
Anyway this recipe is for "my" version of a green smoothie. You can use them to replace one or two meals each day. If I go up a bit in weight I will have two. (Today is a 2 smoothie day) If not I try to have one for breakfast and it keeps me full. At least with this as the scale fluctuates I can easily get back on track if I go back to having a smoothie or two.
The general rule is:
2 cups of packed greens
2-3 cups fruit gradually working your way to less fruit
2 cups liquid
added protein if you use it as a meal replacement
If it is not sweet enough you can add a packet of sweetener but it is best to end up with more greens than fruit and less sweetener after you get used to drinking them
1/2 cup Silk Protein Nut Milk(I like using this because it makes the smoothie creamy. Bananas also do this)
1 1/2 cups iced green tea(decaf)
1 Tbl. Chia Seeds
2 cups juicing greens
1 cup blueberries
Put the liquids and chia seeds in first:
Add the greens and mix. It is harder to mix and chop the greens if you add the fruit at the same time:
And mix. If it is too thick you can always add more liquid:
This makes 2 servings. They are best within 24 hours. Also the colder they are the better they taste:
This for me was a jump start but it turned out that I liked a lot of the smoothies and decided to make them a part of my life. They are very healthy and I know I am getting my fruits and veggies without even trying.
If you need to lose some weight give it a try. There is also a great encouragement group on FB if you want to join.