Week 11: Try a GREEN smoothie.

Packed with nutrition, this can be a really easy “meal.”  I often drink this for breakfast, and find that when I do so on a regular basis, it’s much easier to manage my weight!

This comes slightly adapted from the book “Clean,” which focuses on a bi-annual “cleanse” to rid your body of all the toxins that build up throughout the year. While I did find this cleanse incredibly difficult to do, it is a great read! And I have taken several suggestions from this book. One of the most brilliant is this: “Eat 51% of your foods each day raw.”

While I am not advocating for a raw food diet, I do believe in the common sense theory that cooking destroys many nutrients, and we can get the most nutrition out of foods by eating them in their natural form. So, on that theory, if you eat this simple smoothie for breakfast, and maybe a salad for lunch and an apple for a snack, goal met! I also find that even my already-junk-food-addicted two year old will slurp this down… yep, that’s right raw kale and all!

1 handful of raw greens (kale or spinach)
1 tbsp natural peanut butter
1 tbsp raw cocoa powder (this helps cut the “grassiness” of the kale)
1 banana
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tbsp of chia seed or freshly ground flax seed
1/2 c frozen blueberries
1c rice milk or almond milk

Note: Drink while fresh. a) because it has more nutritional value right after it’s mixed and b) because it really starts to get a weird texture if it starts getting warm 😉

Your challenge this week? C’mon… just try it. I promise it will even have the refuse-to-eat-veggie-ers in your house slurping them down!


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