As I’ve mentioned on the blog a few times before, I love my green smoothies. They help set the tone for a healthy day, and they make me feel better on those days when they’re the only green thing I eat.
While I’ve been trying to go to bed earlier, I really struggle to get myself out the door in the mornings, and I think I’ve only ever succeeded once or maybe twice in making a smoothie before heading to work. It just doesn’t happen. So to make sure that I don’t miss out on my smoothie, I try to make a big batch once per week, so that my freezer and fridge are stocked and I can just grab-and-go.
I use my Vitamix to quickly whip up my big batch of weekly smoothies. If you don’t have a high-powered blender yet, you need to get one. No one likes a chunky green smoothie! It can be hard to figure out which blender is right for you, but Chewtheworld.com has done all the hard work in this great comparison of top brands: Top 5 Best Blenders for Green Smoothies. Also check out this friendly and in-depth blender buying guide by EasyHealthySmoothie.
Recently when I made a weekly batch, I decided to measure all my ingredients so that I’d be able to calculate the nutritional information. I’ve recently started using MyFitnessPal.com to log my daily food and exercise, so I wanted to be able to add a more accurate entry for my daily green smoothie.
Have you ever used MyFitnessPal.com before? I’ve used it here and there before, but I’ve found it hard to log consistently and I run into a bit of a challenge in finding that right balance of using it as a useful tracking and motivational tool versus getting a little calorie-counting crazy. That said, I’m giving it another shot, since I want to lose some weight this year for two big events: my trip to Costa Rica and, of course, my wedding. I have about 3 months until my trip to Costa Rica, so with some consistency, I should be able to slim down a little, so that I can look and feel great. That’s always easier said than done though, isn’t it?
My plan of attack is: green smoothies + MyFitnessPal.com + Kimberly Snyder’s Glowing Lean Meal Plan + my 10K training. While I try my hardest to make all of that fit into my real world life, which is also full of social events and beer and the treat table at work, while maintaining my sanity and perspective.
- 3 heads romaine lettuce (1025 g)
- a few handfuls of mixed greens (20 g)
- 1 stalk celery (400 g)
- 3 pears (300 g)
- 3 apples (370 g)
- chunk of ginger (50 g)
- frozen banana (200 g)
- Vega protein & greens (60 g)
- scoop turmeric (15 g)
- Blend in 3 or more batches
- Add greens to blender with 2 cups of cold water and blend until smooth
- Add remaining ingredients and blend
- Refrigerate or freeze in mason jars (allow room for freezing)
- Refrigerate for up to 2 days