Monday, March 12, 2012

Green smoothie challenge

For a while I’ve been trying to be healthier. The first step: my diet.

Eating healthy has always been a problem for me, because eating brings me immense happiness. On a normal day, meals break up the hours. When I’m bored, I eat. When I don’t want to work, I eat. When I’m hungry, I eat (and even when I’m not, I eat). On a sad day, chocolate, cakes, croissants console me. On a cold day, hot soup and hearty casseroles bring me comfort. On a hot day, ice-cream and frozen slushies cool me. When I celebrate it’s with decant deserts, elaborate roasts and cheese; always, always cheese. Cheese. Creamy but sharp, crumbly but gooey, quiet or biting… Ahh cheese…

Anyway, I fear I’ve gotten off track.

Yes, I’m trying to be healthier and I felt eating healthy is probably the place to start. Because while I may make up excuses not to exercise (time poor, financially poor, motivation poor…), I will always eat, so why not eat something a little more nourishing and a bit less fattening?

Enter my devious plan. Breakfast.
I am a woman controlled by my stomach. Food brings me up, but also food (or the lack thereof it) brings me down. Down to depths you don’t want to see, depths you couldn’t imagine… Come dinnertime, without a morsel my nelly will growl and I will become a beast capable of unthinkable deeds. I will rip your head off in a single swipe, transform from a happy jokester to a ravaging beast in mere milliseconds. I will eat you alive.

Hence, breakfast is the perfect time to ambush my inner-animal and con it into eating healthy.
As long as it’s simple enough and quick enough to prepare, my Neanderthal-self will whip it up and consume it purely because it’s food and I will be hungry. So I’ve taken a leaf from Dita and I’m trying her dietician’s (Kimberly Snyder) Green Smoothie.

It’s essentially a mix of fruit and leafy vegetables (the spinach and lettuce being the “green” components) blended together. There are several versions online but I’ve just chosen to make my own variation using what I had around the house.

In my first smoothie batch there’s

  • 7 strawberries
  • 1 pear
  • 1 apple
  • 1 passionfruit
  • 1 bananna
  • 1 stick of celery
  • a few sprigs of parsley
  • a handful or two or lettuce (I just used iceberg)
  • half a bunch of spinach
  • the juice of half a lemon
To make, I blended this all together and froze it.

Now in the mornings, I’ll whip out a portion and blend it with some apple juice (or orange), till it’s a nice smooth consistency and that’s breakfast!

I know this is quite a step away from what I normally post, but I quite like hearing about what other people eat and how they remain fit, so I thought you might too. Plus, as motivation to keep this up, I’ve decided to challenge myself to 30 days of green smoothie breakfasts and I’ll keep you updated with my progress here on my blog.
So tell me what you think, how do you stay healthy? Do you have any healthy recipes you rely on? Feel free to join me on my smoothie challenge, I’d love to hear about your personal stories!


Renata said...

I am absolutely the same with my diet. I looovvee food and eat out of boredom all the time, so I have to be super careful when things get a bit out of control.

My method for bringing it back to healthy eating is to modify my diet according to the Dr Joshi Holistic Detox. It is a proper hardcore detox, but I own the book mainly for the 'maintenance' recipes. They've got lots of fresh and healthy ingredients in them, I'll pass some on to you if you're interested!


Harlow Darling said...

This green smoothie idea sounds fabulous, I think I'll try it too :D I know how you feel about food though, I am the very same, but with anything sugary.

At the moment I'm trying really hard to slim down to my weight before Christmas, so I'm doing my best to exercise as much as possible and eat as little as possible. I have found that buying your own gym equipment is the best way to go. This way you can't use excuses about being time poor because the equipment is right there! Also, it makes working out really fun, I like to watch Boardwalk Empire and Mad Men while I work out, or listen to recordings of lectures I've missed.

Anonymous said...

I'm no hard body or anything, but I basically eat what I want. I just watch the portions. And I always go overboard. But when I do it right, i try to set a goal, like do a whole week eating the proper portions and then slack off the next week. Or something. I gave up drinking for the entire month of November and I lost 5 pounds. But I don't recommend that!!! I also go to the gym 2 or 3 times per week.

Good luck with your smoothies :)

Mabel Time

Hila said...

I always mean to eat breakfast, but most days it's a rush just to get up and dressed, so I mainly stick with coffee. It's not very healthy, I admit.

Janice said...

For me, breakfast has to be some kind of carbs mixed with some kind of protein.

Staying active for me has been really important. I've been studying martial arts and go to the dojo 3x a week for anywhere between 90 min to 3 hours (I just go to classes back to back.) I walk to and from work and I don't own a car.