Green Smoothie – Oops… I didn’t finish

So… It has been a while since posting about my green smoothie challenge. I really enjoyed it, and had fun trying new things. However, we ended up not finishing the challenge. My bad.

Part of the reason was because of my 3 week funk I found myself in. Part of the reason was because our real lives got absolutely insane. So insane that right now I’m wondering if I didn’t already write this post. Let me go check and I’ll be right back….

Ok, see, right there… I accidentally published my partial draft when I went to check. I can’t quite get my head on straight. Until I do I’m going to pretend I haven’t posted this and am going to continue with my thoughts.

First things first… A green smoothie every day is a lot. It is doable, it gets a little expensive and gets a little time consuming. Part of the expense is that we started with none of the required ingredients and double (and triple) purchased a few frozen fruits. Nothing crazy but 3 big bags of organic strawberries adds up. If your budget is tight you need to pay more attention than we did and it still might be a lot. Time is a bigger factor in our lives, and the extra trips to the store and extra 5-10 minutes every adds more effort to our day (really my day) than I was prepared to put forth. I’m confident that if I didn’t get into my funk this wouldn’t have been an issue, but I did and it was.

That said, green smoothies are good (most of them anyway). They are an excellent way to get a daily boost of nutrients without resorting to multivitamins or suppliments.

While we were doing this challenge I really felt better. I had more energy, my skin wasn’t doing weird things, I didn’t have tons of cravings. It was surprisingly awesome. I miss it.

I don’t plan on continuing a daily green smoothie because that is a lot of pressure on myself right now. I do plan on incorporating green smoothies into our regular diet however. I think we can easily do three a week. We might even be able to do more some weeks (by might I mean definitely can).

Don’t let me dissuade you from trying something like this yourself. It is definitely worth trying. Just don’t be quite as hard on yourself as I was. Relax, enjoy, and bottoms up!

 

photo credit: “Fail” by z Q licensed under CC BY 4.0  

3 Week Case of the Mondays

You may have been wondering where I was.  Or you might not have given a shit and gone about your business as usual.  I’m going to pretend that you missed me, so let’s roll with that.

I’ve been super busy with work and life and I have had a really bad case of the “fuck off I hate everyones” (It’s new, I made it up).  Essentially I just haven’t been in much of a mood to do anything other than sleep and read books and eat all the candy.  Books without pictures.  Books with big words that don’t (necessarily) rhyme or have witty child appropriate banter.  You know… books for grown ups.

Dr. Google thinks I have brain cancer or some other fancy rare disease that is super scary and could totally fit if I tilted my head just so and squinted my eyes.  The lesson here is that Dr. Google is a terrible, terrible thing that enjoys watching mass hysteria and panic attacks.

I am starting to shake it off… and hope to have some more fun and interesting things to talk about soon.  Until then… it isn’t you, it is me.

Mostly I just want to punch people.

 

photo credit: “Hangover” by Mislav Marohnic licensed under CC BY 4.0  

Green Smoothies – Week 4

A month ago +/- I started a 30 day green smoothie challenge (see Simple Green Smoothies for more info).  I had a week long break because of a vacation… and missed a few days here and there because life happened.  However I’m happy to say that we are continuing this challenge.

This week introduced medjool dates.  These are something I had never heard of until I got my shopping list for the week, but are something that I think we can incorporate into our regular diet now that I have tried them.  They are very sweet, and have a slightly caramel-y taste.  One thing that you should pay attention to is that these have pits… don’t just toss one in your mouth and comp away.  That kinda hurts.

4 weeks in and I have to say I’m really enjoying this challenge, but I’m also ready for it to be over in some ways.  I have definitely enjoyed the challenge, and have definitely come across some smoothies I really enjoyed.  There are just times when it really is a lot to ask to make a smoothie every day.  When you are a busy family with two kids, a dog, demanding jobs, random power failures that cause your electronics to go crazy, holidays, vacations, and so many other day to day tasks… that extra 5-10 minutes to decompress is a necessity.

So moving on from this challenge… I am going to commit to 3 smoothies a week.  More if I can, no less.  That is do-able.


This week was very Autumn-y IMO.  Which was perfect because it is actually starting to feel like Autumn around here.

  • JUST PLUMMY – ?  I kept forgetting to buy plums and didn’t do this one… we replaced with Strawberry Mango instead.
  • APPLE ALMOND BUTTER & JELLY – We had a nut butter smoothie during a previous week and I substituted walnut butter for almond butter.  As I wasn’t a fan, I went out and actually got Almond butter for this one.  The flavor was good, but the consistency was still kind of pasty.
  • COCO-MINT MOCHA – Chocolate + Mint?  MMmmmm…. But not really… This one needed something a little sweeter to bring it into the yummy category.  I might try this again with a few edits.
  • PEAR-BERRY NUTMEG – I like Nutmeg and was excited to try this one.  I liked it OK, but it didn’t have that nutmeg pop I was hoping for.  My husband hated it and refused to drink his.  To be fair, he isn’t much a blueberry fan and this one has a lot of blueberries in it.  I drank his so it didn’t go to waste.  No worries.
  • CARAMEL APPLE – This one was pretty good, but the dates needed to be added to the initial leaf blend.  They didn’t quite smoothify all the way.

Bonus Recipe that doesn’t fit the theme at all.

  •  STRAWBERRY MANGO – We didn’t have all the ingredients for the recipe we were supposed to make one night so I improvised.  First… I learned something – you can put too many frozen things in a smoothie.  It was a bit too solid and I had to water it down to make it blendable and drinkable.  Second, improvisation is sometimes very good.  This was a good combo.

For Part 1 of this adventure, please check out my post here.

For Part 2 of this adventure, please check out my post here.

For Part 3 of this adventure, please check out my post here.

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photo credit: “Avocado, Mango & Spinach Smoothie” by Liz Mochrie licensed under CC BY 4.0

Green Smoothies – Week 3

Since we were on vacation last week, we are running even further behind.  We are still doing it though, and for the most part it is going really well and we aren’t missing any days.  So… for more info check out Simple Green Smoothies and keep reading.

This week we introduced another green… Swiss Chard.  Technically we got “Red Chard” but I don’t know if that would make a difference.  This was our first foray into the world of chard, and so far Dr. Google hasn’t told me if those things taste any different.  So far… I don’t think I’m a huge fan.  This was the first week where it tasted like we were drinking a plant… and there is some tart metallic taste that I don’t particularly care for.

So… if I were you and you were trying this week’s recipes…

  1. Get the right chard.  Not sure how much this will change… but if you are going to do it, do it right.
  2. Try drinking from a straw.  This helps… but I don’t always have straws at hand.
  3. Try half chard/half something else.  Maybe kale.  Kale was good.
  4. Substitute the chard all together.

I’m not writing off chard and neither should you… I’m just not going to enjoy it in smoothie form from this point forward.

Another lesson learned this week… Peel the apples.  Much like carrots they don’t ever become real smoothie consistency and you end up with chunks of apple skin.  They aren’t nearly as bad as the carrot chunks, and maybe a super high powered blender would help, but you know that there is apple peel in your smoothie.  Now… this is one of those time consuming steps that makes this challenge sort of a pain in the ass… but this is totally optional and personal preference.

The last issue with the challenge this week…. maybe we are just over-buying frozen fruits, but my freezer is FULL of partially used bags of frozen fruit.  I appreciate the variety, but I have strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, mango, mixed berries, etc.  I even have multiple bags of some of these fruits because we are terrible at checking before we go to the grocery store and I’d rather have too much than too little.

Let’s focus on a few fruits and go from there, K?  Maybe some fruits that are in season so we don’t have to get bags of frozen peaches and pass up the eleventy-billion apple varieties that have invaded my grocery stores.


This week I wasn’t sure about the theme… it seemed apple-y.

  • BANANA RAZZMATAZZ – This is the first green smoothie that made me feel like I was drinking green leafy things.  I don’t think I’m a fan of chard… it is too strong of a green-y flavor and has a metallic tang to it.
  • SOUTHERN SWISS – I was afraid to try another chard based recipe but it wasn’t the chard in this one I didn’t like, it was the coconut oil.  If you aren’t used to having a lot of coconut oil in your diet… use less.  This left an oily feeling in my mouth that I didn’t love.
  • APPLE BERRY PUNCH – Hey!  An apple smoothie in apple season.  Score!  It was really good… chard and all.
  • GREEN GRANNY – This was pretty tasty, but the apple peels didn’t fully… um… smoothify?   New word.  Also… this gave us a much needed break from chard.  I vote yes!
  • PUMPKIN DRAM PIE – I was a little fearful of this one to be honest… a pumpkin smoothie?  I mean I love pumpkin spice and pumpkin pie… but drinking a pumpkin in smoothie form seemed crazy to me.  It wasn’t scary, but it wasn’t my favorite either.  I would drink a pumpkin based smoothie again, maybe not this one, but something with pumpkin in it.

For Part 1 of this adventure, please check out my post here.

For Part 2 of this adventure, please check out my post here.

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photo credit: “Rainbow Chard” by looseends licensed under CC BY 4.0