Growing up, my mom never allowed me to try something just once. Every food I didn’t like as a kid was something she’d make me try again almost every time she made it, in the off-chance that I would develop a taste for it and change my mind on it that very night. Some things I still refuse to like, no matter how many times I try them (mushrooms, celery, olives) but there are things I used to hate and now love (sweet potatoes, leafy greens) so obviously her tactics worked on some things.
I think it’s because I was raised this way that I’m willing, even in adulthood, to try things multiple times before writing them off entirely. Once again, I find myself trying something I might not completely love at the end of the day, all because I feel like it’s worth another shot.
This time, I’m talking about smoothies. I go back and forth on them because I know they have good points, like adding extra fruit and vegetables and fiber into your diet, and bad points, like being liquid calories that your body doesn’t register in the same way as if you chewed the food. But, I saw a deal for an ebook from Simple Green Smoothies promoted by 100 Days of Real Food, and it seemed too good to pass up.
The ebook contains two days of a “Beginner’s Luck” smoothie and then 4 weeks of different smoothies that employ a difference challenge each week:
- Add protein
- Change up the greens (spinach is the standard)
- Add good fats
- Adding “superfoods”
I’ve worked my way through the beginner’s luck smoothie and the first week of protein smoothies, and I’ll be moving on to mixing up my greens next. So, how am I liking it?
I won’t lie, they’re pretty tasty.
So far, I’m really enjoying these green smoothies. Maybe it’s because I’m not doing them as part of a weight loss tactic and I’m just consuming them because I want to up my fruit and veggie intake. Maybe it’s because there are so many different varieties that it’s impossible to get bored, or that they’re so easy to put together.
Whatever it is, these smoothies have been delicious. They give you some easy-to-follow guidelines in the ebook for how to construct pretty much any kind of drink you want, but basically, if you have some kind of a liquid, a couple cups of leafy greens, and at least one of your fruits frozen before blending, you’re in for a tasty smoothie.
I’ll definitely be posting updates as I go along, and in a short while I might start using them along with a DietBet game but for now I’m just enjoying the increase in produce in my diet and the refreshed feeling I get from drinking them in the morning at work. Who knows, maybe they’ll be a part of my daily diet for years to come. Maybe.
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