Sunday, April 19, 2009

Green Smoothie Cleanse -- Day 3

Day 3... which is actually day 1 of the beginning of ALL green smoothies, for all three meals, for three consecutive days. I transitioned into the 3 day green smoothie cleanse by going from one green smoothie meal to today, 3 smoothie meals.

I have to admit yesterday was harder than today. I like to chew and crunch and munch. So the lack of these comfortable motions of my mouth were really missed by yesterday afternoon. Was it hard today? Well, a little, but I kept telling myself, this is only for 3 days. You can do anything for 3 days! Today actually went quite smoothly (pardon the pun) as a matter of fact! ;-)

For the occasion my steadfast old trusty blender died. Yes, it died. Just when I needed it consistently for about 6 days! So while I couldn't buy a Vitamix, I was able to afford a nice Kitchenaid Blender. I am IN LOVE with my new blender! The shakes are VERY smooth, ice crushed perfectly, and it makes me one happy little smoothie maker! I decided to go with a Kitchenaid because I use a KA stand mixer that has lasted over 12 years, and it's still working like it's brand new! I have high hopes for the quality of this blender!

I think I have decided I'm not extremely fond of parsley in a smoothie. My morning breakfast smoothie had parsley and it was quite strong tasting. I still finished it, but decided I would use other greens for the rest of the day!

Tonight's smoothie has a little bit of protein, a few tablespoons of pineapple, and my favorite greens: spinach and kale. It has been very refreshing way to spend Sunday evening! If you try it tell me what you think!

Gentle Evening Smoothie

1/4 cup pineapple
1 Asian pear
handful of grapes
1 tablespoon gogi berries
2 tablespoons soaked almonds
1 1/2 cups spinach
1 1/2 cups kale
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 1/2 cups ice
1 1/2 cups water
* add stevia or agave nectar for additional sweetness

Place all in blender and pulse until smooth. Serve immediately.

Are you making smoothies? Do you enjoy them? What kinds of smoothies or shakes do you make in your blender? Share with me in the comments!

Until tomorrow!

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  1. You are rocking this! Inspiring to me that's for sure. Way to go Carrie. Have you got your husband to drink one yet?

  2. I like to cut up and freeze bananas for my smoothies. My usual smoothie is a handful of cut up frozen bananas, handful of organic baby spinach, 1/2 a cucumber, tablespoon of coconut oil and aloe vera jel and then a cup of water. I recently started adding the cucumber when I found out how important they are in making your body more alkaline.

  3. Thank you Meghan!!! ;-) I am really having fun! I think Saturday has been the hardest day for me so far! I'm hoping it will be a bit easier from here on out! I have so much more energy!! I think green smoothies will definitely be a part of our meal plans from here on out!

    LOL... I WISH I could convince hubby to try one! He hasn't been brave enough yet!! ;-)

    CeCe -- Oh wow!! That smoothie sounds delicious!! I added cucumber to a smoothie I made today too! It was great!! Thank you for your recipe! i will definitely give it a try!! Sounds delicious! I actually have some aloe vera gel too! great idea to add it to a smoothie! thanks for sharing!!

  4. Sorry to hear you didn't like parsley in your smoothies. My husband doesn't either. I think a vitamix might blend it up really nice.
    Your husband may like a tropical smoothie with pineapple, orange juice, mango, and banana and spinach as the green. So sweet! My youngest son loves them.
    I have seen people stir a spoonful of dried coconut into their blended smoothie then they have something to chew on as they drink their smoothie.

  5. Hi Sara -- Thanks so much for leaving me a comment!! I LOVE tropical smoothies! I'll definitely have to make michael one like that once I've finished the cleanse, which is focusing more on just greens a few fruits! Your tips on coconut is great! i love coconut in my smoothies!! I've been using fresh coconut from a coconut I cracked open on Friday!! YUM!! ;-) Thanks for sharing your great advice!!

  6. This is great! I love blended food like that and so does your body. Our digestive systems take what it needs and drops the rest with a lot more ease than conventional means. I'm proud of you! Remember to ease back to solids again or weight regain is inevitable.