7 DAY GREEN SMOOTHIE CHALLENGE
Green smoothies are a delicious way to incorporate fruit and vegetables into your diet. They also provide numerous health benefits, just a few of which include: an increase in energy, a reduction in cholesterol, a stronger immune system, and a vibrant complexion.
Drinking green smoothies every day is, quite possibly, the simplest way to improve your overall health and nutrition!
STEP 1: Buy a Blender
Vitamix and BlendTec are the two best blenders on the market. Costco periodically sells both the VitaMix and the BlendTec for around $350.
They are expensive, but not if you consider how much money you will be saving on doctor bills.
These blenders are so powerful that they can liquefy greens in seconds, making it possible for them to be instantly absorbed into the blood stream.
They also run forever. (My VitaMix is almost 20 years old, and it still works perfectly!)
It is possible to make green smoothies in a “regular” blender, but they aren’t strong enough to completely break down the cellular walls of the greens and, as a result, your smoothies will be a bit on the chunky side.
STEP 2: Buy a Good Smoothie Book
There are several excellent books on the market that have tons of delicious smoothie recipes. Two that I recommend are: The Green Smoothie Revolution by Victoria Boutenko and The Green Smoothie Diet by Robyn Oppenshaw.
STEP 3: Familiarize Yourself With The Diet Plan
Breakfast: 32 oz green smoothie made with your choice of plant milk
Snack: A handful of raw nuts and/or seeds and a piece of fruit.
Lunch: 16 oz savory green smoothie soup with whole grain bread or crackers
Snack: 16 oz green smoothie
Dinner: A large helping of a delicious vegan meal that incorporates legumes, mixed grains, and vegetables.
Snack: Handful of raw nuts and/or seeds and a piece of fruit
Basic Green Smoothie Recipe
1/2 blender fresh greens (start with spinach)
1/4 blender fresh or frozen fruit
1 ripe banana
Fill half-way with water and add ice as needed.
Blend and enjoy!
STEP 4: Create Your Menu
Use the menu planner below to plan out your meals for the week. After you have planned your menu, take each recipe and write down the ingredients you will need on the shopping list. Post the menu on your freezer door so that you will be able to see at a glance what your next meal will be.
STEP 5: Go Shopping
I live in Utah, and my two favorite grocery stores are Costco (wholesaler) and Harmon’s (local grocer). Scope out the stores where you live to find the ones with the best produce and price.
Costco has the best prices on spinach, pineapple, bananas, frozen fruit and berries, organic shelf stable rice and soy milk, organic quinoa, brown rice, organic whole wheat pasta, agave syrup, pure maple syrup, and raw nuts.
Harmon’s has a quite a lot of organic produce and grocery items for a very fair price. They also have a fairly extensive health food section. I typically shop at Harmon’s for whatever I can’t find at Costco.