7 Day Smoothie Challenge

I don’t know about you, but after most holiday weekends, I feel like I need to hit the refresh button.  So, I whipped up the Green Goblin Smoothie from Simple Green Smoothies to give me some much needed energy and get myself back on track for the week.

I should mention that extremes aren’t really my thing, especially when it comes to nutrition.  I’m more of the mindset that moderation is a good thing.  So, when I found the 7 day smoothie challenge called Simple 7 by Simple Green Smoothies, I was pumped that it involved making small changes rather than changing your whole diet.

After you submit your email, you’ll receive a A Simple 7 – Game Plan, and the best part – it’s free!  It includes a shopping list of the 7 ingredients you will need for the week (yes, 7!).  And you will recognize all 7 ingredients and easily find them at your local grocery store.

Green Goblin Smoothie
The Green Goblin Smoothie

You will also be given a daily smoothie schedule with easy to follow recipes.  All the challenge requires is that you follow the daily smoothie schedule for 7 days.  Yep, just add one smoothie a day for a week – no other requirements.  Since this type of challenge was right up my alley, I submitted my email and started it.  It was super easy to follow and I felt great. I had energy, my skin looked better, and I had lost all those pesky weekend lbs. that love to follow me around 😉

The Green Goblin Smoothie from Simple Green Smoothies:

  • 1 cup spinach (I used kale instead)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 orange, peeled
  • 1 cup pineapple
  • 1/2 banana

Instructions:

Mix your greens and water first until you get a nice smooth consistency.  Then, add your remaining ingredients and blend.  If you want this cold – use frozen pineapple and frozen bananas (don’t throw those brown bananas away – chop and freeze instead ;)).

In fact, it wasn’t until the following week when I wasn’t having the smoothies, that I realized how great I had felt the week before on the Simple 7 challenge.  Which is why I’m returned to the program.

Beginner's Luck Smoothie by Simple Green Smoothie
Oh Kale Yeah smoothie (day 2)

If you go to the Simple Green Smoothie website you’ll find lots of other delicious smoothie and plant-based recipes.  In fact, Simple Green Smoothies has a new recipe book coming out September 11th on Amazon which we will be reviewing soon!

Simple Green Meals by Jen Hansard
Simple Green Meals by Jen Hansard

If you are looking to boost your energy, look and feel better but not make drastic changes to your diet, I encourage you to try the 7-Day Challenge and report back to us at Nearly All Things.  We think you’ll love it as much as we did 🙂

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Tropical Smoothie

This beautiful, creamy smoothie is perfect to get you thinking about someplace tropical.  We recommend throwing in a fun straw, closing your eyes, and let your mind wander for a while!

The coconut in this smoothie is not only great as a dairy substitute, it is also good for you. Coconuts are rich in fiber, vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6.  They also contain selenium, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorous.  Coconuts also help improve your immune system, help detoxify, and support your metabolism.

The mango in this smoothie is not just for taste, it also provides amazing health benefits like it’s co-ingredient (Is “co-ingredient” a word???).  Mangos are high in antioxidants which help fight against cancer.  They also contain high levels of fiber, vitamin C, and pectin which help combat cholesterol (especially the bad cholesterol).    They are also good for clearing your skin and improving eye health.

So, you’re not just escaping to the tropics with this smoothie, you’re actually improving your health at the same time!

Tropical Smoothie Ingredients:
– Handful of spinach
– Coconut chunks (found Frozen at Trader Joes)
– Plain Kefir*  – gets your probiotics
– Tbsp Hemp seeds
– Mango
– 1 – 2 Scoops Protein powder of choice
– Avocado (half)
-4-5 ice cubes
*You can use coconut kefir if you are dairy-free.  This will only enhance the coconut flavor 🙂

Instructions: Add your spinach, kefir, hemp seeds, mango, protein powder, and avocado to your blender.  Add the frozen coconut and ice last.  This order will help liquefy the smoothie faster and easier.  Blend until smooth.

Now, kick back and relax….that is, at least, until the kids start screaming for help for something really important…like “Mom! Where’s my sports headband???”

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After-The-Holidays Detox Smoothie

Between celebrating Christmas, meeting friends out, having a couple of cocktails while we catch up on Netflix shows, the idea of the upcoming weekend and New Years seems a little daunting.  One word keeps surfacing each morning in my mind over and over………..detox!

Below is a recipe for a delicious detox smoothie.  The base of the recipe we pulled from Healthy Smoothie Tips and Ideas (Plus 8 Recipes) by Listotic.  I recommend reading her article if you are new to making smoothies or just can’t seem to get it right.  She’s has a list of great tips for making all kinds of smoothies.  Here is our version of the detox smoothie:

After-The-Holidays Detox Smoothie

  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 cup kale
  • 1 Tbsp fresh ginger
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 Tbsp Trader Joes Super Seed and Ancient Grain Blend
  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • ice (I used 5 ice cubes if you want to get specific :))

Place your ingredients in your blender,  but as Lilly from Listotic recommends, add your liquid and ice cubes last for a better consistency.

Not only does this smoothie taste great but it has so many benefits for you.  Many of the ingredients including the ginger, cucumber and kale have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.  This smoothie is also rich in nutrients and helps aid digestion.  The liquid from the coconut water, cucumber and ice also helps detox your system and can improve your metabolism.  And as an added bonus, the ginger is also great for fighting nausea if you don’t feel so great on New Years Day.

Enjoy this smoothie and let us know what you think!  I made it this morning and really enjoyed it!

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A Green Smoothie without All the Fuss

Green Smoothie with Strawberry on top

Okay, we know green smoothies are great for us and each morning we think – today is the day.  Then, you start thinking about what ingredients you should use, the mess involved in taking out  each package of fruit, rinsing and cutting the veggies, measuring and scooping out the powders, and the annoying putting it all back into the fridge and cabinet – and all of the sudden the thought occurs to you….maybe tomorrow.

If this sounds like you, we’ve found a product that makes it a whole lot easier – New Farms Green Boost Smoothie Mix – found at Walmart!  Contains a protein pack, chia seeds, strawberries, blackberries, avocado, banana, spinach and kale.  All in one easy bag!

World Farms Smoothie Mix

 

Oh yeah, and my kids loved it too!  So you know it tastes good 🙂  Try it and let us know what you think!

Have a green smoothie mix or recipe you love?  Let us know!  We love to try new smoothies  and share with our followers.  Write a comment below or tell us on Facebook. – and follow us if you aren’t already 🙂