Can I let you in on a little secret? Since I transitioned to a raw and living foods diet just over 15 months ago, I’ve been afraid to try a green smoothie. I’ve heard and read all about them in a number of places, yet I just couldn’t get over my fear of drinking a big glass of green gloop. I forced myself to overcome that fear though, made myself sign up for a 3 day green smoothie challenge and started trying different recipes.
Lets just say, I signed up for that three day green smoothie challenge just to get the recipes, ideas and inspiration. I think I had maybe one green smoothie throughout those three days. Sigh. My fear of green drinks won and I pushed the Vitamix back up against the wall for awhile. Well, it wasn’t too long after that challenging little challenge when Rob and I taught our first Alissa Cohen class and I was searching through her recipes trying to decide what to teach and make during that class. The benefits of green smoothies just kept repeating themselves in my head, and surprisingly enough, I found my fingers typing out a green smoothie recipe to teach. Yikes! even I couldn’t believe it.
So, the week before our Alissa Cohen Living on Live Food level 1 class, I got up each morning and made a green smoothie for breakfast. I start off by throwing a handful of spinach in my normal morning shake. I figured if my 60-something Dad could throw a few handfuls of spinach in his morning smoothie, I could, too. By the end of the week I was pretty confident in my green smoothie abilities and I think we made a pretty good one for the class, though there wasn’t enough for either me or Rob to have a sip, so in reality, it could have tasted awful.
And the daily green smoothie breakfast has continued every day since then, even when I was on vacation. I found myself occasionally making a green smoothie for dinner when I didn’t have anything else planned or anything else on hand.
Then, I got an email announcing a 10 day Green Smoothie Challenge where all of the proceeds would go to an inner-city girls’ charity, helping to bring nutritious foods to girls who normally would be eating fast foods. The cost was only $10 and I would have access to 10 interviews with 10 amazing people who believe in all that is green and good. When I signed up, I felt like I had taken the last step to overcome my fear of gloppy green drinks.
I vowed to myself that I would drink at least 10 cups (preferably 12) of green smoothie a day, from Sunday, August 15 through Wednesday, August 25th. If I drank all 10-12 cups and still felt hungry, I decided that it would be ok for me to have some soft fruits or vegetables as long as I chewed it up very, very well.
I’m on day 6 and am feeling great! Honestly, it’s so nice not to have to worry about what to prepare for lunch or dinner. It’s not a big deal to me now to have a green smoothie for lunch or for dinner because they are so filling and so nutritious. And it’s pretty much what I would have been serving myself anyway, just in a different format. I usually make salads for lunch, now I just throw what I would have thrown into a bowl into the blender. I even threw a smoothie into a bowl the other day and called it soup.
Are you interested in doing a green smoothie challenge? Check out the site that is hosting the 10 day green smoothie challenge I’m participating in! www.greensmoothiequeen.com