Since the middle of January I’ve been on a mission to eat healthier and shed a few pounds. In 2014, I put on some unwanted weight, and by the end of the year, I just wasn’t feeling so hot about myself. Beyond the number on the scale, my clothes weren’t fitting, and I wasn’t happy about what was reflected in the mirror.

In January I made a commitment to myself to better manage my diet, eat healthier, and make an honest effort to exercise more. Fast forward three months and I’m happy to report I’ve lost about 18 pounds. Most of my clothes are fitting again, and I’m feeling better when I look in the mirror. While I kept to a pretty strict (but manageable) diet most days, there were times when I ordered pizza, had a donut (or two) for breakfast, or ate half of a cinnamon roll skillet bread in one sitting. True story. I failed some times, but I got right back up.

While I’m still on my healthy journey, I’m super pleased with my progress and excited to continue.

My Go-To Green Smoothie | Inspired by Charm

I think diet and lifestyle are a personal thing. At the end of the day, if you’re happy with yourself, then OK! At the end of last year, I wasn’t. It wasn’t just the rising number on the scale or my tight-fitting clothes, it was more about how I felt in my own skin. I’m obviously no expert on healthful living or dieting, so going deeper into what works for me is probably a bad idea. However, I did want to share one little tool with you: My Go-To Green Smoothie.

Part of my plan was (and still is) to limit sugars and processed food and add more greens and natural foods to my diet. While I don’t make one every day, this green smoothie is a lunchtime favorite for me.

My Go-To Green Smoothie | Inspired by Charm

It fills me up, is easy to make, is packed with fruits and greens, and tastes pretty good, too. Now, hear me out. This doesn’t taste like a creamy strawberry banana smoothie, but given the ingredients, it’s pretty darn good.

The recipe below probably makes enough for two smoothies. However, I usually drink it all by myself. I figure, the more vegetables the better, and if it can fill me up – awesome!

If you really like smoothies and are making them almost everyday, I recommend using one of the better blenders (Vitamix or Blendtec). A good blender will definitely make things nice and smooth.

My Go-To Green Smoothie | Inspired by Charm

Everything goes right into the blender, and 40 seconds later, the smoothie is ready. The recipe below is the combination that I like best. To be honest, I don’t measure things out anymore. I just throw in what feels good. If you like things a bit sweeter, add more fruit. I like to use frozen pineapple to keep the smoothie cold. Depending on my mood, I’ll also might put in a little piece of fresh ginger for added spice.

Let’s mix one up!

My Go-To Green Smoothie | Inspired by Charm

My Go-To Green Smoothie

1/2 cup coconut water (or water)
1 small cucumber (or 1/2 large cucumber)
1 cup spinach or kale, packed
1 cup pineapple, frozen
1 green apple, cored and sliced
Juice from one lemon
Nub of fresh ginger, peeled (optional)

Toss all of the ingredients into a blender; blend until smooth.

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That’s it. Now, you’ll want to serve this with a spoon or in a glass you can shake. The ingredients will start to separate as the drink sits. Just give it a little mix and you’re good to go.

My Go-To Green Smoothie | Inspired by Charm

I hope you enjoyed my progress report and recipe. If you liked it and want more things like this, please let me know in the comments.

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Comments

  • paula at

    Hi,
    I have been a secret follower of your blog. Can you please share which blender do you use?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Hi Paula!
      I have the Blendtec Designer Series Blender. I love it!

      xo Michael

  • Sue at

    This looks great! I love the pics too.- You’re reminding me how much I love green and navy together! (I want to re-do my son’s bedroom and couldn’t figure out a color scheme. Now I’m inspired!)

    Congrats on the weight loss! That’s impressive. I’m also trying to lose and posts like this are good to read. Thank you!

  • Lindsay at

    Wow – 18 pounds in 3 months is incredible progress! I have recently learned more about the benefits of flax and chia seeds, and I love to add them to my smoothies. Just about a teaspoon of each for one smoothie is good. They don’t affect the taste at all and are so good for you!

  • Sheila at

    It’s really hard to limit sugars and processed foods from within your diet. So good for you. I, too, am trying hard to limit sugars and processed foods and exercise more but for different reasons. I don’t need to shed any weight but I feel so much better on the inside when I eat healthier. And getting more exercise greatly increases my energy level and mood. So, yeah, diet and lifestyle are personal things. Because of my love for sweet stuff, I almost always put a super ripe banana in my green smoothie and like Lindsay add chia or milled flaxseed. I have been almost sugar free for the last several weeks now. I have your cinnamon skillet bread earmarked as my upcoming reward for a job well done! 🙂 Thanks for sharing both your health goals and what looks to be a good recipe.

  • Maria at

    Congrats on the weight loss! That is such an accomplishment because it’s so hard to do…especially while you’re making all those scrumptious dishes and drinks to share on your blog!! I had one quick little question…do you peel the cucumber or leave it on?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I just leave it on. I used one of those small english cucumbers typically.

      xo Michael

  • Jodi at

    Wow! Congrats on the weight loss Michael! I love to use avocado or frozen banana in my smoothies to make them creamier. Keep up the good work! It’s so hard during the winter months when we’re wearing heavier clothing to think about losing weight. Now that spring is here, you’ve got a good head start!

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