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OK guys, juicing is sort of over, right? The new food trend is these home delivery meal systems, but if you're like me, you have found a couple of kombucha or juice drinks at your local grocery store that you stock in your fridge for days you want to increase your veggie intake. There's just something about drinking something green that makes you feel lighter, healthier, and like you can take on a week of healthy eating.
My parents really enjoyed juicing, and used their Vitamix and pounds and pounds of produce from Costco to support their habit (lol!)
I don't think exclusive juicing is a good idea - and used as a cleansing technique with yo-yo dieting can lead to consequences like inflamed gallbladders (and even needing them removed!) Let me know if you'd like to know more about that...perhaps a future post.
However, my parents inspired me to craft some yummy green smoothie recipes with my Nutribullet, which provided 2 advantages to juicing:
Advantages of Smoothies over Juicing
1) You maintain the fiber from the produce you grind, and can better absorb many of the nutrients as blending breaks down the cell walls
2) You use much less produce! (Your wallet thanks you)
Finding out if you're partial to kale, spinach, arugala, chard, or other greens is a first step. Arugula has a peppery taste that I actually like. Spinach blends in very easily with other flavors. Apples and pineapple add something sweet to balance it out. So, after diving into that little adventure, and you know, being a dietitian and all, I thought I was pretty knowledageble! But to my surprise, when I triedGreenBlender, I learned some new tricks!
What is GreenBlender?
GreenBlender delivers a week's worth of produce with smoothie recipes. The ingredients are packaged together so it's easy to put them in your fridge, and pull out the one you want. Everything is labeled - both with the recipe and the ingredient. Clip the recipe sheet to your fridge and you're ready to go. They note certain recipes that are lighter in calories, or higher in antioxidants, and include both the serving size (typically for 2! lucky for your beau or roomie) and the amount of water and ice to add to get that perfect consistency. Bonus - you get wide mouth smoothie straws! Yum.
As I mentioned, I thought I knew everything there was to know about healthy smoothies. I thought GreenBlender would just provide convenience by not having to pick up extra produce on my grocery run, or would supplement the other grocery deliveries I got.
But GreenBlender exposed me to new ingredients and innovative new recipes!
I had never tried rose hip powder, baobab powder, hemp seeds, or swiss chard, and I was pretty sure I didn't like pears. Guess what! I think they're awesome now.
So with a GreenBlender subscription, not only do you get the convenience of produce and smoothie recipes delivered to your door, which is a great way to change up any routines you have, and add produce to your home delivery. Easily add your go-to protein powder to punch these up to a post-workout drink, and take comfort in knowing that for each recipe, you get two servings!
Any questions? Hit me up in the comment section.
Yes, you read the title right! I'm going to share with you my new fitness focus for November:
quick endurance circuit training
Let's break it down:
- QUICK: Only 30 minutes out of your day, 2 times per week
- ENDURANCE: These workouts boast high reps with moderate weight for muscle endurance and...
- CIRCUITS: Circuit training itself brings cardio into your weight workout so it will provide you with an endurance double-whammy
*BONUS: The constant movement of this workout and its engagement of large muscle groups can boost your anaerobic capacity, too! What's anaerobic? It is a certain process that your body uses during exercise for quick fast movements (example: 100 yard dash). Contrast this with aerobic exercise that is more like a 1-mile run.