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Green Smoothie Challenge: Part 2 ~the final week

October 2, 2011

So it’s the second week and if you’re wondering what exactly are the benefits of doing such a challenge, here are a couple of good reasons.

Often we forget to eat our greens especially green leafy vegetables during winter. We tend to cook our vegetables in stews and soups which is warming for the season but the best way to retain nutrients is to eat them fresh, raw or just slightly cooked. That’s why juicing is so brilliant! The green leafy vegetables are full of chlorophyll, a substance that helps oxygenate our system.

 

Another reason to start this challenge is that it is full of fibre. When you use a juicer, it extracts the juice leaving behind the all important fibre. In blending the whole food, you get the full package as nature intended and that’s got to be good right?! This challenge does amazing things to bowels!! It completely cleanses your system removing toxins and motivates a sluggish digestive system.


Day 8

  • 1 banana
  • 2 kiwi fruits
  • 1 cup rockmelon
  • 3-4 handfuls baby spinach leaves
  • 2 cups water

 

I’m feeling way better than the week before. My energy levels have doubled and really believe I’m thinking clearer, more positive and less tired. I know bananas are expensive but they really suit this smoothie concept. They make it creamy and smooth. You could even throw in some ice cubes to thicken it up.

 


Day 9

  • 1 apple
  • 1 pear
  • 1 cup watermelon
  • 3 large cabbage leaves
  • 2 cups water

 

I like to add cabbage leaves (Vitamin U) midweek to support digestive tract support/repair. The three fruits in this one work well and make the base sweet to handle to cabbage flavour.

 


Day 10

  • 1 cup mixed berries
  • 1 cup red grapes
  • 1 approx 15 cm long piece of cucumber
  • 3 large iceberg lettuce leaves
  • 2 cups water

 

I love berries and when they’re in season, I can’t help but put them in everything! I added a little cucumber to this mix because iceberg lettuce has the lowest amounts of chlorophyll so wanted to boost it up.

 


Day 11

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup pineapple
  • 1 apple
  • 3-4 Bok Choy leaves
  • 2 cups water

 

Banana and pineapple give this combo a tropical flavour, I suppose a small teaspoon of coconut butter in this mix would add a new dimension. The bok choy doesn’t change the taste much so more palatable for beginners.

 


Day 12

 

  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 cup Honey dew melon
  • 1 pear
  • 2-3 handfuls of Kale
  • a little ginger
  • 2 cups water

 

This one was deliciously smooth. I love the hint of ginger which works to stimulate digestive enzymes and as a prebiotic (helps probiotics to work better). Many people have asked me about kale during this challenge. Kale is common in America but not used that much in Australia because its not readily available at your green grocer or the supermarket. I buy mine from the farmer’s markets and it is available pretty much all year round. Kale has an abundance of nutrients.

 


Day 13

 

  • 1 cup paw paw
  • 1 banana
  • 1 kiwi
  • 3-4 handfuls of baby spinach
  • a couple of small piece of raw coconut (5-6 cm in diameter)
  • 2 cups water

 

I added a little coconut to this one just to be different. I bought a whole coconut from my local green grocer. I like to crack it open and leave in a bowl on the table for the kids to enjoy. It worked well with the paw paw and banana. This smoothie is also quite thick and you could add ice cubes to make the consistency more like a slushy. This one’s great for your skin and has heaps of fibre!

 

 


Day 14

 

  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 apple
  • ! cup seedless red grape
  • 2 handfuls of endive
  • 2 cups water

 

This one was also sweet. Sure it doesn’t look too green and I had to give my youngest $5 to drink half a small cup (bribery works a treat in my household) but overall it was enjoyable for my last day. I bought the endive fresh from the farmer’s market and it had been picked the night before so was super fresh. Of course that’s perfect for obtaining the maximum nutrient value. Endive gave the smoothie  a little bitter edge and if that bothers you add a bit of fresh mint leaves (thanks Ruth!). Not only does it refresh the flavour but mint is especially good for your digestion.

 

So my 14 days are up but to tell you the truth Im probably going to keep on going. I will go back to drinking coffee occasionally and a glass of wine when with friends but honestly, Im loving the way Im feeling. Im sleeping better, have longer energy during the day and I feel more positive. Got to love that!

 

Hope you have given it a go or are thinking about trying such a challenge. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Start off easy. Just add a smoothie to your morning and keep the rest as is. Then when you’re ready, take two weeks off the alcohol and coffee. You’d be amazed how good it feels.

Wish you all the best.

 

 

 

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