I’m Going “Green” in April

 

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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10 Responses to “I’m Going “Green” in April”

  1. KalleyC says:

    I totally understand where you’re coming from with the Sugar Land. I try to just limit it in my tea, but it just takes one emotional upset, and I’m looking for something sweet in here. My luck (and unluck) the only sweet things I have in here are prunes and fruit. But that doesn’t stop me from wishing for some cake or cookies!
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  2. LindySez says:

    Do you drink the same concoction everyday or change them up? I should probably do this, not because I’m a big sugar junkie, I’m not, but it sounds easy and healthy. Good luck!
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  3. Mimi says:

    I am a green smoothie fan. I drink one daily. Recently I said I would start adding in raw oats because I can’t take that flax seed for some reason. I haven’t used almond milk much, I just add the water but I am going to give that a try. Seems like it would add a little more flavor.
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    • Awesome! I’ve never tried raw oats in a smoothie, but I’ll give that a try! I would imagine that the oats would make the smoothie more fulfilling, right? Right now, unless I add protein, I have to have smoothie as a snack along with something else.

  4. Cher says:

    I have not tried green smoothies but am willing to do so… I gave up sugar (candy and sweets) for quite awhile but since Thanksgiving, I have fallen off the wagon. Since I can’t seem to give it up, I ride the bike and hike more! That works, right?
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  5. I love sugar land but I agree, living there permanently isn’t the best/healthiest option. Can’t promise I’ll fully go green but I like the recipe and will try it. At least it’s a start.
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