A few months ago, I started drinking raw, “green” smoothies. I read an article online about the benefits of raw food as well as the fact that it can cure and prevent cancer! I was a bit over-the-top about eating raw (who me? Obsessive? No…) Let me tell you, it’s not easy!
I enjoy sitting down to eat dinner with my husband every evening. This is something I did growing up. We ALWAYS ate dinner together at the table. No ifs, ands or buts about it. I am pretty adamant about that for Todd and I as well.
That being said, it was difficult to drink a smoothie while Todd was eating awesome dinners. I felt a little neglected. So now, I drink a smoothie once in a while as a meal replacement.
What I like about the green smoothies is that I get my fruits/veggies in for the day within 2 meals. Also, these raw shakes will “clean you out” in no time! I was doing two a day, and eating dinner with Todd in the evenings. I had more energy, didn’t feel exhausted at 2:30 every day (as usual), lost quite a bit of weight, and felt great! It also helped with my cravings for sweets. However, it was not something I could continue. It is not the smoothie’s fault, but my own inability to stay motivated.
My smoothies usually are as follows:
1 stalk of celery
When a specific fruit was in season, I’d throw a bit of it in there with these items. Strawberries, blueberries, grapes, watermelon, cantaloupe, kiwi, etc. The sky is the limit! They were so yummy!
I would like to continue to drink a smoothie at least once a day for the health benefits and to keep my caloric intake down. The great thing about them is that you can “hide” the vegetables in a sweet smoothie. They are high in fiber and very filling too!