My First Healthy Change: Green Smoothies
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
I am going to find many green-smoothy-obstacles in my trail to loose weight.
Since the beginning I found my first obstacle in my path to reach my goal. The looking for solutions taught me that this was going to be the routine if I really wanted to loose weight.
After learning about the great benefits of the greens and green smoothies I decided that having a green smoothie every day for breakfast was going to be the first step in my journey toward reaching the weight that I wanted.
Oh my God! When you see those glasses with a green liquid, you imagine that is so simple to just drink the thing, BUT NO, it's not that simple!
After the fun part of shopping the ingredients, you get home very excited to give it a try. And that's when you enter the mined hard work part. Wash, cut, measure, item by item. Put everything in the blender, then taste it. Make some changes because it's so bland, bitter, sweet, thick, thin, etc. Finally you decide to drink it and get over it. You're not done yet. Put leftovers away (1/2 banana, 3/4 apple, 1/2 lime, etc,) and clean the mess.
Just after this first try, I was ready to quit. But what kept me going was that I have decided to do it when I joined SP.
Oh well, how did I make it work? By doing some prep in advance. This let me prepare my green smoothies in a blink. I'm kidding, not that fast.
Preparation in advance.
a) Shop all the greens, herbs, veggies (like cucumber and celery), and fruits that you will use in at least a week.
b) Wash everything. Put the greens and herbs to dry in a colander.
c) If you have citrics, peel them, leaving the white part (albedo is the name of the white part). I discard the peel of the orange because I have read somewhere that is not healthy.
d) While the greens are drying, cut the fruits and veggies in chunks. Include avocado, cut in 1/8 pieces. When you cut the avocado, cut the seed also (it contains soluble fat).
e) Now you put pieces of fruits (bananas, apples, pineapple, grapes, strawberries, melons watermelons, etc. you name it) and veggies in a cookie sheet. Put them in the freezer for about 2 hours. Don't worry if you let them in the freezer overnight.
f) Put the greens and herbs in a towel and roll. Put the towel with the greens in a plastic bag. Refrigerate the greens and herbs.
f) Put the fruits and veggies in freezer bags. Put the bags in the freezer.
a) Pour 2.5 cups of cold water in a 4-cups measure cup. Put the fruits of your choice until the water reaches the 4 cup line.
b) Put the fruits and water in the blender.
c) Measure 1.5 cups (or 2 or more, according to how much you can stand) of greens and herbs well packed. Put in the blender.
d) I add ginger (of course frozen) and chia to my smoothies.
Blend and enjoy! This was the way that I figured out how to make my smoothies fast and easy. If I hadn't found this solution, I'm pretty sure that I was not going to be able to keep my resolution. I feel very proud of myself because I didn't give up.