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Friday, June 1, 2012

Green Smoothie Challenge


Key Lim Pie Green Smoothie?!?

I have a confession - lately, I don't really like eating vegetables. This is something that's hard for me to admit because I love vegetables and I've always had the reputation in my family for being the one to remind everyone to eat their veggies. Okay, it's not that I don't like eating them but given the choice, I would choose something else. I think that it's a combination of things that has led to this from not having the time to cook to a lack of inspired recipes to just losing the taste for vegetables. At the same time, I know that I'm not getting all the nutrients that I need in my daily diet and that something needed to change.

So, I was really excited when I saw that Amanda over at Run to the Finish was doing a 30-day Green Smoothie challenge for the month of June. It was just the kick in the pants that I needed to get back on track. As I read through the benefits of green smoothies that Amanda listed, I found myself nodding my head.

  • Need more veggies in your diet but don't want to go vegan? Yes
  • Struggling with low energy in the afternoon and need to be focused? Yes
  • Your skin has been breaking out more often or your hair has lost its luster? Yes
  • You're increasing the length of intensity of your workouts and you need better recover? er...getting there.
In a smoothie-form, nutrients are also more readily available for your body to be absorbed. However, I was worried that my intake of sugar would also increase but I learned from Bex and Mike Perrine that the addition of greens in a smoothie helps to slow the absorbtion of sugar.

So June 1 (ohmygoodness it's June already???!?) - Green Smoothie Challenge is on. I will admit that I am traveling home today so I will likely resort to drinking a pre-made green juice. But I am looking forward to stocking my fridge full of goodies to experiment with.

Won't you join? You can sign up here. Here is a guide to green smoothies if you're interested in finding out more information about getting started with green smoothies. Plus, Christine over at Oatmeal in My Bowl posted 31 delicious green smoothie recipes.


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At June 1, 2012 at 6:50 AM , Anonymous MizFit said...

we love these here too.
now if ONLY I could get the husband to drink them...the six year old is NO problem :)

 
At June 1, 2012 at 8:11 AM , Anonymous Kierston said...

I LOVE green smoothies!!! Yum!

 
At June 1, 2012 at 8:17 AM , OpenID Ilene, The Fierce Diva Guide to Life said...

I had no idea that the smoothie form greens slowed the absorption of sugar! What a great takeaway - so thank you! You are the one who first brought the challenge to my attention - so thank you. Looking forward to these next 30 days of green!

 
At June 1, 2012 at 8:48 AM , Blogger Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

yeahh glad you are joining!!

 
At June 1, 2012 at 8:51 AM , Anonymous Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean said...

ooooh fun challenge!!! good luck!

 
At June 1, 2012 at 10:08 AM , Blogger Jolene said...

I still have yet to try a green smoothie! they scare me for some reason. And I like to chew my food more than drink it, too, so that's part of it. But I would love to try and good concoctions you come up with!!

 
At June 1, 2012 at 11:47 AM , Blogger The Preppy Girl in Pink said...

I think this is something Chris can get into and would be really good for him to try. I have a texture thing so I will just stick with my veggies. Thankfully, I like them plain or fancy and don't seem to get tired of them. Hopefully I didn't just jinx myself! ;-) Good luck & safe travels home!!

 
At June 1, 2012 at 11:51 AM , Blogger Denise said...

I live green smoothies. I can't start today but should definitely do this challenge on my own later.

 
At June 1, 2012 at 10:02 PM , Blogger Julie @ ROJ Running said...

I'm doing this challenge too! Should be interesting to see how I feel from start to finish

 
At June 2, 2012 at 9:55 PM , Blogger Christine said...

I remember watching you make your Egg Beater Green smoothie and it totally inspired me! Used some egg beaters in mine this morning. My son watched me make mine this morning and he was very intrigued. I think because it was green.

 
At June 2, 2012 at 10:07 PM , Blogger Christine said...

I'm glad to be doing this and I will be looking to you for some advice along the way! For some reason, that tidbit about the slowed absorption of sugar made me feel better. I'm assuming that it's true but haven't looked into it further.

 
At June 2, 2012 at 10:08 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Thank you! I normally like my veggies crunchy and cooked and yummy but seriously have just been having a hard time eating them lately unless we eat out. Then, in that case, they probably aren't the most healthy for me anyways. Plus, I love smoothies so figured that this would be an easy way to get them in!

 
At June 2, 2012 at 10:10 PM , Blogger Christine said...

I will definitely share any good ones. I have a feeling that it's going to be a month full of experiments with my blender. hee hee.

 
At June 2, 2012 at 10:10 PM , Blogger Christine said...

I'm really liking them. Why hadn't I tried them earlier??

 
At June 2, 2012 at 10:11 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Thanks Lindsay!

 
At June 2, 2012 at 10:12 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Thank you for encouraging me! I really do think that this will be a good "challenge" for me.

 
At June 2, 2012 at 10:13 PM , Blogger Christine said...

You definitely should! I hadn't really had them before so I am glad that I am doing this challenge!

 
At June 2, 2012 at 10:14 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Yay! I too am curious to see if there's a noticeable difference in how I feel at the end of the month. I'm excited that so many people are doing this challenge.

 
At June 3, 2012 at 12:51 PM , Blogger Jenn and Casey said...

Very cool! I use "green" protein power in my morning protein drink. It's not the yummiest BUT it does give me more energy!!

 
At June 4, 2012 at 9:40 AM , Anonymous Melissa @ Live, Love, & Run said...

I want the smoothie in your picture. NOW. lol This is a great idea. :)

 

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