Happy Saturday! Today I want to share with you one of my secrets to saying “no” to junk food.
In our culture, we are constantly bombarded with opportunities (excuses) to eat. We eat to celebrate. We snack on “fun size” candies. We go out to dinner with family and friends. We scarf down popcorn during movies. We drive through Starbucks on the way home from work because we had a hard day and “deserve it”. Our lives revolve around food. Despite our best intentions, it’s so easy to eat our way through the day.
The workplace is where I am weakest. Parents looooove to feed teachers. Cupcakes, donuts, potlucks, candy. All glutinous and sugar-filled, ready to deplete my energy and make me grumpy for the rest of the day. How’s a girl supposed to say no?
Here’s how: the number one most important thing you can do for yourself is
start the day with a nutrient-dense breakfast.
If I have a smoothie in the morning, I am much less likely to cave in to the crap. I don’t want to mess up my good start.
Delicious. Quick to make. Portable. Drink them in your car or at your desk.
Make them the night before if you are rushed for time in the morning.
It’s faster than going through the drive-thru, AND you are getting a full day’s supply of fruits and veggies (15 servings!) in one meal! Imagine, while everyone around you is drained and reaching for a 10:00 am energy boost (aka: sugar), you will be humming along
and your body will be sooo happy because you gave it the fuel it needs!
Smoothies changed my family’s lives. Seriously. My husband lost 85 pounds and I maintain a healthy weight without counting calories (PS, I wasn’t always a healthy weight). We will share our stories soon!
But I digress. Back to magical smoothies. The best ones are green, with spinach, kale, or chard. Add fruit, and walah! You can’t even taste the greens. The color also grosses out coworkers. I personally enjoy watching their reactions as I take a big gulp.
I first learned about green smoothies from the Green Smoothie Girl. Since then, I have been an avid follower and slowly incorporated her whole foods concepts into my life. I had the opportunity to hear her speak in January AND I got to meet her!
She is amazing.
Click on the link above to watch her video on how to make a green smoothie. Her website is chock-full of smoothie information!
Here is how I make my smoothies:
- 12 oz. liquid – water or coconut water, which you can find at Sprouts or Costco. Try to stay away from juice, which is high in sugar.
- 4 cups of greens – spinach, chard, kale. I recommend spinach when starting out. You can find organic spinach and kale at Costco for cheap! I throw my kale right into the freezer. It doesn’t look pretty but lasts a lot longer. Also, you may want to start with less greens and work your way up, especially if you are making it for kids.
- One banana – the riper it is, the sweeter. Peel and freeze any super ripe bananas to use in smoothies later.
- Any fruit – I use Costco frozen strawberries and pineapple, or an apple, blueberries – whatever I have on hand. I use about a cup of fruit.
- Mix ins – a tablespoon of flax seed or chia seeds provides extra fiber and nutrients, and fills you up!
Blend, blend, blend. If using fresh fruit, you can add some ice to make it colder. The above recipe makes one quart. I use a quart jar with a plastic lid (you can find both of these at Walmart or Amazon).
Making the perfect smoothie takes a little practice. Experiment and find what works for you!
Challenge yourself drink smoothies for breakfast five times a week. Pay attention to how you feel on the smoothie days vs. non-smoothie days. Are you able to say “no” to the junk? Do you have more energy? Do you make better choices the rest of the day?
Bonus: Drinking one smoothie a day means you are eating about 30% raw foods! More on that in another post…