Tuesday, February 8, 2011
After school snack
I make green smoothies every day. I've been doing this for the past 8-9 months. Even though they are called green smoothies, they are not always the color green; depending on the berries you add, sometimes they're purple or brown. They're called green smoothies because they have leafy greens inside-I usually use spinach and kale or chard. Today I put in beet greens that I had left over from making my Hot Pink Breakfast Smoothie. When I make our blender full of smoothie, I drink a couple of tall glasses and then I put the rest in jars for the family. Each person has their own jar with their name on it(Scott sometimes takes his to work). When Elisabeth gets home from school, her smoothie is waiting for her in the fridge and she has it as part of her after school snack. I only fill the kids jars about half full right now. They all like them pretty well so it works out nicely.
Top three reasons I love green smoothies:
1. We're healthier-we have had zero sick visits this year...not counting Annabelle's foot fracture and dislocated elbow, of course :). No colds, no ear infections, very few runny noses and a few of us got a 24 hour bug this year, but that was it. This is amazing for our family. It really is. Just a couple of years ago I remember telling friends that one of us always had something, even if that something was a runny nose. Now it's not so common!!! Also, along with being healthy, greens clean out your insides which many of us(meaning Americans) need to have done because of all the processed and junk food we eat.
2. More energy! The greens and fruits that go inside these smoothies provide SO many vitamins and minerals. It's no wonder we don't get very sick anymore. Instead of feeding the germs/illness in our bodies with sugar(which really, really slows down your immune system), we're making the white blood cells stronger so they can fight things off quicker. I feel so good most of the time and I'm no longer exhausted by 4pm, watching the clock during that last hour before Scott gets home. When I have energy the house is cleaner, meals are better prepared, I can think with more clarity and I'm happier which makes the whole family happier. :)
3. Weight loss. I say this for a couple of reasons. One, when you have more energy you can do more and you want to do more. I exercise every day, though that's not really a change for me; but either way, you have the energy to move around more. Two, and this has been the biggest help for me is that when you add drinking 32 oz of something to your day, something else has got to go because this will fill you up(don't forget that spinach along with many of the other greens, provide quite a bit of protein...Popeye ate spinach for a reason). It could be a breakfast or lunch replacement or a replacement for your snacks during the day. Also, all the fruits inside the smoothie leave you feeling very satisfied. Sometimes I'll save a little green smoothie for myself and drink it after dinner because it really helps to curb a sweet tooth....and we all know I have a sweet tooth; just look in my recipe section and back to old blogs to see for yourself :). And I'm not saying that I don't still have sweets, but a whole lot less often and the sweets we make in our house, we make with more natural sweeteners.
Drinking the green smoothie makes you feel good. Just like exercising makes you feel good. I personally think that when you feel good about yourself, it's easier to make good choices. When I exercise, I don't feel like eating junk food soon after. And the same is true the other way around. When you put junk in your body or when you are lazy, isn't it just that much easier to continue doing those things and to be down on yourself? Anyhow, these are a few of the reasons why we drink green smoothies daily.