Hello, My Glorious Sunshines! ;)
Thanks for all of your comments on my last post about the 7-Day Green Smoothie Challenge I joined. I’m so glad that a lot of you guys joined along with the fun too!
I’ve been having a whole lot of fun with the challenge these past couple days, and I thought I’d share how I’ve been doing so far, starting from where I started. :)
As soon as I heard about this challenge, I ran downstairs and made this lovely smoothie — simple but delicious.
My Easy Peasy Green Smoothie
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 6 medium leaves of kale (washed and stems removed) – or as much or as little as you want
- a small banana, sliced
- 2 tbs ground flaxseed (optional)
- 1 pkt. Stevia
I figured an easy and simple recipe would be a great way to start off. (And then start to branch out later throughout the week.) After drinking this lovely, I got an instant boost of energy! It may have been simple, but it was SO efficient. It was as if my body has been asking for it, and I just felt AMAZING! It really put me in a good mood and I got excited for what the rest of the week would hold.
I had been hanging out with one of my friends Tuesday morning when I started desiring a green smoothie. As it turned out they had never had a green smoothie before — I thought it’s be a great chance for them to try one. ;) This time I went a little easier on the bitter greens (aka, more sweet). I like my smoothies to have a more mellower sweet taste, as having it TOO sweet turns out tasting artificial to me, but I knew as their first time having one it would be harder for them with the greens level I’m accustomed to.
My Flaxy Orange Green Smoothie
- ¾ cup sweetened vanilla soy milk
- 3 medium/small leaves of kale
- ½ medium orange
- 1 tbs ground flaxseed
- ½ large banana
The ingredients are half of what I used total (as I made two servings). I loved it. :) Their reaction?: “Not that bad!” Haha. I could tell it was really new for them, but I am proud of them for trying it. I’ll try it again on them again some another time, using spinach instead of kale (both of which are more mellow tasting greens, but spinach more so). I’ll see what I can do. ;)
I was in the mood to be a little creative with my smoothie. (And I was also in the mood for chocolate. ;)) So I rolled up my sleeves and got a little busy.
Chocolate Covered Strawberries Green Smoothie
- 10 fl. oz (1 ¼ cup) cold sweetened vanilla soy milk
- 2 cups kale leaves (I washed them, removed the stems, and added the leaves to a measuring cup.) — Use as much or as little as you want.
- 2 cups chopped strawberries (remove the green tops on if desired)
- 1 banana, sliced
- 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- dash of cinnamon (optional)
- stevia (as much or as little as you want)
I would suggest blending up the greens with the milk first before adding in the other ingredients. This helps make sure the greens are all blended up and the result with be smooth and creamy, not scattered with green pieces. This smoothie was a nice change to the regular kind of green smoothie. Chocolaty and just what I was craving. <3
I had an open can of pumpkin puree in my fridge that I wanted to use up, so instead of just having a smoothie for lunch, I had one for breakfast as well. Not green mind you, but it still contains two servings of veggies. So I count it. ;)
My Vegan Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
(find the recipe HERE.)
Later on in the day (closer to lunchtime), I starting craving another smoothie. Iwas taken aback at first since I had just had a smoothie earlier that day for breakfast. But I then realized that my body was trying to tell me something. It was trying to tell me it was liking the green smoothies and all of the nutrients and phytochemicals and antioxidants it was getting through them and wanted more! So I followed its cue and whipped this beauty up.
My Green Grasshopper Smoothie
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 large stalk celery, sliced
- 4 large leaves of collard greens
- 1 pear, cored, sliced, and chopped with peal
- ½ banana, sliced
- 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
- stevia (optional. Use as much or as little as you want. I actually liked it better before I added it.)
My sister was with me when I prepared this smoothie – and when I’m with her I always find it easier to have a little fun here and there. (I smile all the time anyways, but it’s always nice to have a sister who doesn’t mind being a little crazy sometimes.) And I loved the light green color this lovely had, so I named it Green Grasshopper. (Yes, I do like to play with my food sometimes. ;)) In addition to the pumpkin purée I mentioned earlier, I had some celery in the fridge that I wanted to use. You know what – I couldn’t even taste it in this. I never would have known it was in there had I not added it myself! A quite delicious green smoothie. :D
I can’t wait to see what tomorrow and the rest of the week will bring for me. I am really enjoying this 7-Day Challenge and I am really finding that my body does speak to me. It knows what it wants – what it needs. I can trust it. I can trust myself. That’s one of the greatest things I could ever wish for in a challenge like this.
The BetterChip company contacted me a few weeks ago asking if I would like to review their line of corn chips.
After I responded that I would love to, they quickly got a package filled with samples for me to try. Here’s the box they sent me!
They even sent me a hat and shirt. I didn’t know they were going to do that! Thanks so much, BetterChip!
The shirt says “Don’t Worry, I’m All Natural.” Haha. Silly-willy me. ;)
What makes these chips different from other chips?
On their website, the BetterChip company markets that they are:
- Made with 40% fresh ingredients so the flavor is inside
- All Natural
- Gluten Free
- Made in a completely nut-free environment.
- Lactose free (Red Pepper & Salsa Fresca, Jalapeno Sea Salt)
- Contain NO animal bi-products
- Made on a line dedicated to only tortilla products
They sent me their 4 flavors to try them all out:
RED PEPPER AND SALSA FRESCA
My favorite out of all of them!
JALAPENO AND SEA SALT
I loved these with guacamole – add a nice KICK (not a whole lot but enough to do the job). ;)
SWEET ONION AND WHITE CHEDDAR
This one I did not personally try because of the dairy, but the rest of my family did and sadly didn’t care for it at all. They much preferred the other three.
And CORN AND SEA SALT.
These were my sister’s favorite, but the rest of my family agreed that they tasted just like regular chips.
The Red Pepper & Salsa Fresca Chip was the winner! If I were to buy ANY of these chips, I would buy the Red Pepper and Salsa Fresca one. The flavor just can’t be beat, and I especially loved how I could read and recognize each of the ingredients on the label (unlike some chips…). Our second favorite was the Jalapeno one. I really like how they are each made with 40% real vegetables in them, so real Red Peppers and real Jalapeno Peppers. You get in your veggies with every bite. ;)
I was not paid to do this review. These samples were sent to me free of charge and I reviewed them with my own thoughts and feelings on each product.
Do you like green smoothies? What have been your experiences with them?
It’s been a while since I’ve had smoothies like this on such a consistent base, but I’m truly starting to love it! I don’t want to stop now because of how amazing I feel!
What is your favorite dip?
I always love guacamole and hummus. And nut butters – can’t forget them. ;)
What time do you usually go to bed?
I’ve started getting up at 6am to read my scriptures (to get my day started off right) and just have some me-time before the rest of the day starts. I’m striving for 10pm now. I always feel better when I get my 8 hours in. I just don’t feel the same when it’s only 6 or 7 hours…
with lots of hugs,