As a lot of you well know, I am always on a constant quest for health and wellness. My ‘focus’ changes occasionally, but usually has to do with losing weight, drinking more water, exercising, eating healthier, consuming less processed foods and integrating more fruits and vegetables. I fall off the wagon more than I would like to admit, but I keep on going and don’t plan on giving up anytime soon. Some of you might refer to this as being insane…insane: Repeating the same behavior, while expecting a different result. Whatever…I have to keep on climbing the mountain and plan to one day conquer my stubborn will, my weakness for food and grow me some strong willpower. It seems that sometimes my strongest motivation comes out of desperation or when I am at my wit’s end. The smoothie recipe I am sharing today came about during one of those times.
I asked a good friend of mine to help me stay accountable and to help me come up with an eating plan that I can do and actually stick with. I have only ever done two different ‘diets’ before, with the main one being WW and the other, the Dukan diet. I have been successful on both plans, but have never hit my ‘goal’ weight and then maintained. Anyways, long story short is my friend talked me in to trying these smoothies and when I first read her recipe, I was completely turned off and muttered NO WAY under my breath. Spinach in a smoothie? Yuck!
But… I tried it. And I LOVED it!
I started making the smoothies back in August and my energy has increased, my appetite has decreased and I feel better knowing that I am getting in my 2 servings of fruit a day, plus starting my day off with a cup of spinach. Fabulous! After a few trial and errors, I have finally come up with a system that works for me and I want to share it with you. Not only is this system simple, but it is fairly inexpensive and it is so healthy!
First, I buy my ingredients at Costco. After buying frozen fruit at various grocery stores and even the $1 store, I have found it is much more economical for me to buy everything at Costco. I buy the huge bag of fresh spinach (which is less than $4), one bag of frozen berries, and one bag of the frozen Festival Blend fruits.
Usually within a day or two of me buying the ingredients, I divide all the ingredients into freezer ziplock bags. This way I have individual smoothie bags to just grab in the morning and dump in the blender.
I divide my smoothie ingredients like this: 1 cup of spinach, 1 cup of berries and 1 cup of the tropical fruit.
I seal the bags and throw them in the freezer.
Then in the morning, I dump one whole bag into the blender, along with 1-1.5 cups of Orange Juice or Cranberry juice. I tried water one day and thought it was terrible, but that was just my opinion.
Many mornings I add a powder nutritional supplement to my smoothie and it blends up just as well.
Making this smoothie has been one of the best things that I have done for myself. I love knowing that even though I am extremely busy in the mornings, drinking one of these yummy smoothies provides me 2 servings of fruit and one serving of vegetables, plus a boatload of vitamins and minerals. And I promise that it doesn’t taste like spinach.