Thursday, January 24, 2013

Morning Jump Start


In the summer I consumer fresh fruits and veggies all day long.  Especially in July and August when everything is growing locally.  But the rest of the year, I go through cycles.  And lately, I have been really terrible about getting in a healthy amount of greens in my diet.

I also saw a photo of myself last night taken this past weekend.  And I gasped.  Out loud.

Why is it that I look in the mirror and see one thing but then a photo shows me an entirely different reality?

I have gained a lot of weight.  And I just in general did not look healthy.  Probably because I have been eating a lot more white than green lately.

So this week, I am back to making green smoothies.  Which for me, are really just regular smoothies that also include spinach and/or kale.




As I am trying to cut way back on dairy, I don't include any.  But you could certainly add in milk or yogurt if you prefer.  My typical "recipe" is a bit of juice (not a lot though- just a splash if I have some on hand), greens (fresh or frozen), 1 banana (usually a banana that has turned dark so I froze it), some other frozen fruit (whatever berries I have or sometimes mango or pineapple), and water.  Blend it up- add water if it's too thick.




It's an awesome way to start the day.  Yummy and filling and gives me a good serving of dark greens right from the get go!

Now if only I could force feed myself a giant salad every day for lunch.  I'm good about dinner.  But lunch is usually more of a quick grab and go situation.  Baby steps, right.  This week, I'm covering breakfast.  I'll worry about a greener lunch next week.


6 comments:

REBrown said...

I've been trying to drink more smoothies, but I'm so terrible at making them. I need to get up even earlier!

AEOT said...

We love smoothies in our house too!! Have you tried the Green Monster smoothie from Annie's Eats? It's my favorite!! Spencer loves it too. I need to jump onto a healthier bandwagon as well. Summer isn't far away and I do not have my pre-Peter body back yet!!

MCW said...

White is the devil. I am convinced. A soon as I eat white bread or potatoes I feel the lbs packing on!

suburban prep said...

You can not deprive yourself of things. It is moderation. (My motto)
I am also walking or doing something too (I run around after my nieces and nephews or am tending to my parents).
But I do understand the too much white stuff. I have a sweet tooth and there are times it gets the better of me.
I do try to start off the morning with a good breakfast though. I notice too if my body needs fruit and veggies and protein. Carbs I know I get. But I always have pumpkin seeds in a container in my car. I always have water with me (I try and drink about 72 ounces of water a day). I make sure I take vitamins (due to DVT i make sure I take certain ones anyhow).
This looks like a good way to start your morning.

Ruth said...

I would love to drink more smoothies but I only find ones with bananas and I can't stand those. I am like you I saw some pictures recently that reminded me that I need to get back in gear because I looked so horrible.

Ruth said...

I would love to drink more smoothies but I only find ones with bananas and I can't stand those. I am like you I saw some pictures recently that reminded me that I need to get back in gear because I looked so horrible.

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