I’ve made it to my 50th smoothie of my 100 smoothie challenge. Today is day 20 that I’ve been having smoothies and I have to say, I’m feeling well. I thought that I would need three smoothies a day, and for the first week, I did. Now I don’t need so much. I am also drinking teas and water between smoothies.
It’s kind of funny, I drink a cold smoothie, then I’m freezing. I have to heat up a cup of tea or just hot water to warm back up again. I keep trying to find that balance of warm and cold. Ideally, I’d be doing this in the spring or summer, rather than the winter, but I happen to find an opening in my life, where I thought this would be a good thing to tackle. I have to take it as it comes.
I’m also trying to find a balance between fats, fruits and veggies. If I have too much fruit, I get drowsy; too much fat and I feel nauseous, too much greens and I feel light headed. So I think I have it down- I have a green, fruit smoothie in the morning; then in the evening, I have a coconut based, green smoothie. That seems to be working. I can’t have just a fruit smoothie, as it’s too much sugar.
For once, in a long time, I can actually digest something without a major belly ache. Even on raw foods, the foods are tough to break down, and many times I would end up in a belly ache. Smoothie-ing my foods seems to really help my digestion.
I am having teas in-between smoothies not just for warmth, but also for healing. I’m using my digestive tea, to try to heal my gut while I’m giving it a rest. I’m also having some green powders mixed in water to give my body an extra detox boost.
Although I thought I’d be having three smoothies a day, ending the challenge earlier, I’m ok with doing this longer. I think my digestion really needs the break to heal. I’m even thinking this may be a few month process. I will take it as it comes and see how things go. I really don’t have any definite expectations from this smoothie challenge. I’m just in it…
As I keep making smoothies, please send me your ideas for smoothies. What kind of smoothie sounds good to you? What kind of food flavors would you like to have in a smoothie? Please send me your ideas!!
For today, I’ll share with you, my son’s favorite:
- 1 Thai baby coconut- water and meat or 2 c. almond milk
- 1/2 t. vanilla extract
- 6 dates, pitted (if they are dry, soak them for about 30 minutes & drain)
- a pinch of himalayan or celtic sea salt
- 4-5 c. spinach
Blend all in high speed blender & enjoy!!
***Here’s a tip. Find Thai baby coconuts at Asian or Indian food markets. They are much cheaper than Whole Foods or mainstream supermarkets. I found mine at an Asian market for $1.50/ coconut! Whole Foods sells them for $5 each! I just won’t pay $5 for 1 coconut!!