Well this program has been fun so far! We've gone through two and a half bags of lemons, (continuing morning and night glasses of the juice from half a lemon in a generous cup of water) and have only had to miss one day of smoothie-making as we were blessed with an invitation to an overnight at some friends' cottage. Rather than skip a day, I just made it a 15-day gig!
In my last blog post I gave you updates on the first four days. Today was the plan's Day 8, so here are the highlights of the past four....
Day Five: Breakfast was a delectable Berry Slimming Smoothie: a combination of strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries, a little honey, some milk, and a bit of Rooibos tea blended with ice. I again added a scoop of berry whey protein powder to maintain our blood sugar longer, and zizzed it up. We both liked it, but agreed that we missed that extra little tang that yogurt gives a fruit smoothie. Next time!
Day Six was heavenly: my favourite so far. This smoothie was called Tropical Detox, and I made a couple of substitutions --healthy ones-- to fit our tastes and supplies. The recipe called for coconut milk, which I didn't buy. Instead, I read up on how to add coconut oil to smoothies without ending up with chunks of fat in the glasses. Ah ha! Gently melt the oil and drizzle it into the blended goodies, much as you would when making a salad dressing! Easy! [Aside: I make toothpaste, deodorant, and lotion with coconut oil, so have perfected the art of the "gentle melt": measure the oil into a brandy snifter, pour hot tea water into a tumbler, and rest the snifter, tilted, atop the tumbler, just as you would to warm your Courvoisier!]
So, I blended a little milk; some organic, unsweetened coconut; raw, sliced almonds (instead of macadamia nuts, which we didn't have); mango; pineapple; lime juice, and ice, and then drizzled in the oil. It frothed up beautifully, looking like an Orange Julius, but bringing visions of cabana boys and mini-umbrellas. This one could easily become a poolside adult beverage by adding a little rum or vodka... mango pina colada!
Day Seven was also a treat, since I was expecting it to be a fresh juice. Instead, it was a yummy chocolate shake!! Of course, I personalized the recipe a bit. ;) It called for soy, rice, or almond milk, but I used cow, since that's what we had. I learned that firm tofu doesn't make a very smooth smoothie, and that when a recipe says "silken," there is a reason. I used the last sliced, frozen banana, and added sweetened cocoa (the last scoop of Quick!), and substituted almonds, again, for cashews. It was delicious, but as mentioned, a bit grainy. (Note: please use Organic soy products only. 80 - 90% of all soy is now GMO, and we really don't know what that means yet!)
Today, Day Eight, was another surprise: neither a juice nor a smoothie... a Healing Veggie Broth or Soup! Yum! Sadie suggested we use whatever veggies we have at hand, so I mostly followed her suggestions, and added a couple little twists. Mine was onion, carrot, celery, mushrooms, kale, garlic, bay leaves, coconut oil, Braggs Amino Acids (rather than soy sauce), salt & pepper, and I tossed in fresh ginger and lemongrass for some extra zing. The recipe made enough for a bowl today and two more tucked into the freezer for later.
The hardest part of this program has been (still) getting my bum out of either the rocker or the kitchen to do the workouts. As much as I love yoga, my body likes sitting in front of this computer more. My dear accountability partner, Chirpgirl, checked in saying she'd purchased the program and had done an hour of yoga the day before. Hmmmm.... I'd done a couple of half-hours, but had never pushed to an hour until I heard that SHE had! (Thank you, my friend!) So yesterday I took the yoga mat to the back yard in the late afternoon, set my computer in the grass, and followed along with Sadie for a full hour of Vinyasa yoga. WHEW! The birds sang along, Penny, my kitty, wound between my legs and over my back a few times, and by the time I rested in savasana, all was right with the world.
I hope your healthy journey is going well, dear SparkFriends. Thanks so much for being there and helping me with mine.