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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.