So today is day 8 of my sugar detox and besides Valentine’s Day, this has by far been the hardest day. I think going out last night and having a couple of drinks did not help, at all. Why is it when you have some drinks, you crave bad stuff the next day?
When I got my Vitamix, my mission or goal to was find a smoothie that was as nutrient dense as possible that tasted pretty good and well, if it tasted great, then that was just a bonus. I don’t need a mixer to eat lots of yummy fruits. I have no problem getting those down and since fructose is still sugar, that is something I don’t really want to over do. But, I can always use more greens in my diet and if this machine is going to help me (and my family) do that, then I am so happy!
First, I debated about kale versus spinach for my base in the smoothie. Turns out, kale has more vitamin C, A, K (I need to look that one up) and calcium and spinach has more fiber, magnesium and iron. So, I decided to use both. Why not, right? I do use the juice from a whole lime to take away any bitter taste from the spinach and kale. Since I make this smoothies twice a day, I like to get a big bag of limes from Costco.
I start by blending my kale and spinach. I’ll just use some warm water to start blending and then will let the vitamix run on high for a minute or two. I do this so the greens can actually heat up a little and my body will be able to absorb more iron.
I know, I know you gotta be thinking, he’s making a big mess. Just look at his shirt. But don’t worry, he’s on clean up duty as well…
I also wanted some more veggies too and was using celery and cucumber, but then thought, why exactly am I using these. I like to make educated decisions on what I eat whenever possible. And after a little research, I found out that celery and cucumber are pretty light in the nutritional arena so decided to go with a few carrots instead for their beta carotenes and vitamin A and a little bit of sweetness.
Next I needed to add something else to make this a little sweeter. Since Costco’s Wild Organic Blueberries have a super high amount of antioxidents.
Now pre-sugar detox, I was also adding in half a banana and 3-4 drops of stevia. And as far as taste AND nutrition, in my mind, this was a perfect concoction. Tate even loved it!! But since I was doing the detox and wanted to stay away from high sugar fruit (and stevia) since it can cause cravings, I left these two things out. At first I didn’t love it, but now I look truly forward to it, twice a day! Talk about changing your taste buds!!
Here is what you need:
- kale, 1-2 handfuls
- spinach, 1-2 handfuls
- almond milk, about 1/3 cup
- blueberries, 2/3 cup
- chia seeds, 1 tbsp
- raw cacao powder, 1 tbsp
- banana, 1/2 (optional)
- stevia, 2-4 drops (optional)
- Lime, whole, juiced
- Handful of ice
By the way, I’ve started experimenting with green powders like Green Vibrance (thanks Gracie for all the great smoothie ideas including this one!). I had also heard about Healthforce Vitamineral Green and am curious, do you use these? Do you like them and/or notice a difference in how you feel?
As for the rest of the family, this is Alice’s favorite is called Chocolate Covered Strawberries (or rasberries). Here is what you need:
- spinach and/or kale
- coconut water
- coconut or almond milk
- Strawberries (or rasberries)
- Stevia, few drops
- Dark chocolate chips
Here is Tate and Scott’s breakfast smoothie:
- spinach and/or kale
- coconut milk (TJ’s can)
- almond butter
- ripe banana
- 1 tbsp dark chocolate chips
- 2-3 drops stevia IF banana isn’t really ripe
By the way, I went to costco yesterday because I need to restock on some smoothie ingredients and was so excited to find so many other great things…
By the way, this sausage is amazing in the cauliflower soup!
Have a good long weekend and stay warm!!