My First Green Smoothie

Green smoothieAlright, I suspect many of you dear readers have heard about green smoothies, but how many have actually tried it? I suspect not many. Well I'm here to show you how easy it is to get more green in your life without sacraficing taste. The first thing you need to know is your green smoothie does not have to be ALL green! What fun would that be? So here is what I want you to do my dear reader, go to one of my  blogs about smoothies, pick a fun recipee (like the one below), and add just a tiny little kale leaf, or spinach, Blend it in nice and smooth, and VOILA, your first green smoothie! As you feel more daring, slowly start adding more greens until you reach the maximum amount of greens you can put in your smoothies and they still taste great to you! A good goal to try and set is 70% fruit and 30% greens.

Why go Green?

  • Great source of fiber
  • great sourse of omega-3 unsaturated fat
  • helps the digestive system (then you wont have to buy the embarrasing stuff at the supermarket!)
  • Great source of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, potassium, calcium, and  pretty much all those other vitamins listed on the back of your vitamin bottle!
  • Many have reported improvements in energy, skin condition, and digestion!
  • Helps with weight loss if used to replace  one of 5 small daily meals or used to fight junk food cravings!

  

Some great greens to put in your smoothie are :

strawberry tops, baby spinach, dandelion greens, kale, celery, watercress, escarole, mustard greens, turnip greens, carrot tops, broccoli, asparagus, cabbage,  and alphalpha.

 Fun Smoothie Recipee

 

 

1 banana
1 apple
4-5 strawberries
1-5 pieces of greens ( spinach leaves, parsley, or kale)
1/2 cup of ice
1 tablespoon  of flaxseed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy!    -Healthygirl

 

Lose10 Pounds in 3 Days

Pecan Many people think losing weight is a temporary diet and exercise regime. They say “I’ll go on my diet tomorrow” or “I’m starting South Beach diet soon” but the fact is, for the general population, we can’t go on diets. There is no magic weight loss regime where you lose 10 pounds in 3 days. Even if a diet “works” you will likely gain it back unless you make it a LIFESTYLE change. Do you want to be on South Beach forever?, Considering the cost and effort, most people don’t.

 What you need to do my dear reader, is change your LIFESTYLE. Don’t start big and dramatic, or you will most likely go right back where you started. I want you to start small. Here is a list of foods that make cellulite come and want to stay. Pick five to eliminate from your life for good! (yes you can have it on blue moons.) Don’t cheat and pick things you never eat anyways. Pick five items, and stick to it. You can easily replace these items or modify them to lesser evils.

1. Mayonnaise                     Try light mayonaise  or Mayonnaise with Olive Oil
2. Milkshakes                      Smoothies and vanila ice cream cones are a great alternative
3. Muffins                            Try making your own muffins like the recipe linked here
4. French Fries                     Nowdays most places let you chose a side salad or fruit instead
5. Bacon                                Turkey Bacon is not so bad once you get used to it!
6. Regular AND Diet Soda     Chrystal Light, Snapple, and G2 are pretty tasty too.
7. Doughnuts                        Try lightly buttered toast with cinnamon and brown sugar
8. Cheesecake                       Low fat cheesecake with strawberry sauce is slightly better
9.  Fried Chicken                  Bake chicken in the oven with a bit of olive oil for a fried taste
10. Pizza with Processed Meats         Try a deLIGHT pizza from Papa Murphys
11. Pot Pies
12. Potato Chips                    Baked Chips or oven roasted chips still taste great
13.  Ribs                                Try a lean steak to satify that meat craving
15. Pecan Pie                        Try fruit pies with whole wheat crusts.

All the foods on this list are high in saturated fat, provide little nutritional value, and becon cellulite to come find you. Start by losing some of these fattening foods, and you’ll lose some pounds!

~Healthy Girl