I’m Going “Green” in April

by Jessica Faye Hinton on March 31, 2014

 

Green Smoothie

The above picture was my breakfast. Here’s my recipe, modified from the Simply Green Smoothies’ Berry Cherry Jubilee.

Berry-Spinach Smoothie Recipe

2 cups of spinach

2 cups of water

2 cups of mixed berries

splash of unsweetened almond milk

1 tablespoon of flax seeds

1 banana

I’m going green in the month of April with the 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge by Simply Green Smoothies. I decided to fully embark on this journey into the GREEN about a week ago . I say “fully” because until this proclamation, I have made green smoothies, just not with any regularity.

I’m doing this challenge for two reasons. First, I’m older. I realize that I am at an age where I can no longer put off the very mature-sounding task of taking my health more seriously. I know that I need to eat more vegetables and fruits. I know that these things, or vegetables and fruits, are good for me.

I enjoy these things, or vegetables and fruits, but when given the option between them and some sugar concoction involving chocolate, flour, or sprinkles, I usually go for the latter. And that’s what I’ve  been doing for much of this past month, or eating sugary things that I know are bad for my health. Whenever I say things like this, I always get someone  who reminds me that sugar isn’t all that bad. “Just eat it in moderation,” they say. I know this. But I also know me.

I know I can’t moderately do sugar. I mean, I can start out that way, but then one late night, some emotional upset, and we’re back together until one later night and some emotional upsets become many and I’m knee-deep “in” sugarland.

So I have a problem.  And, and this leads me into reason number 2, my problem was becoming my children’s problem.  Anytime mommy has a cookie, it’s assumed that we should all have cookies…of course. And since mommy was having cookies almost everyday last month, we all had, for the most part, cookies everyday. Being the “responsible” parent I am, I do, or did, try to hide my treats, eating in corners and during their sleep times, but then it felt more like a real addiction. And that felt sad or pathetic or a combination of both. So I say all this to say, I’m looking forward to going green in April. I hope to swap out most (if not all) of my sugary pick-me-ups for a smoothie and feel good about myself after I “indulge.”

 

Do you have a big sweet tooth? How do you indulge without overdoing it? Are you a green smoothie fan?

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