Before you chug that green juice... get smart or get fat!
Ahh, the green drink. It's everywhere. It's all the rage. It's trés chic. With a few downfalls (in my opinion!) I used to drink the ever so popular Glowing Green Smoothie formulated by Kimberly Snyder. It's delicious- don't get me wrong...
But I had serious issues with the concoction. Within 20 minutes of drinking it, I'd be ravenous. It was never satisfying. I'd get to work after chugging it for breakfast (as she prescribes) and I'd feel lightheaded, angry, and hungry (#hangry, anyone?) My job was physical and I needed fuel. Major fail.
What was the issue?
The problem with the GGS is that it has 3 very sugary fruits- banana, apple, and pear. Yes these are natural sugars, but to my body, sugar is no bueno -doesn't matter if it's honey, maple syrup, plain old white sugar, or a piece of fruit. It prevents me from losing weight. And while the GGS tastes quite yummy, well, no duh- the sweet fruits mask the flavor of the greens.
Long story short, I was drinking lots of juices and smoothies thinking they were healthy- that I was doing all the right things! I was even working out 60+ minutes a day and work had me on my feet all day mixing and whipping up cosmetics. I should be losing weight, right?
WRONG. My clothes were tighter, my face was fuller, and I was incredibly distraught. Until I put my thinking cap on. I knew it wasn't that romaine or spinach to blame for the extra lbs.
Lesson learned: Don't assume that since your beverage is green that it's good for you. Get smart about what you're consuming and ask questions- investigate! Just because someone touts something as healthy, you must see how it affects your body and adjust to your needs. I know sugar is my enemy.
And from that moment on, I consciously uncoupled with sugar. Over the last year, I've learned to live with less of it. That's not to say I don't ever consume it (hello, ice cream!) but on the regular I do my best to steer clear. For example I never sweeten my coffee. For smoothies, I only make my low sugar version. I do however treat myself to a sweet once a month. You'll be stunned how much your taste buds change... oh and that waistline, too ;)
I am happy to report that since making these adjustments consuming less sugar, I have lost more than 25 lbs. Simple but powerful stuff, folks.
I finally got the recipe down for the perfect green smoothie...
I started making smoothies with less sugar- I was determined to make the perfect version. And most of them were horrible. Absolutely disgusting. Until I got it just right. Thank you to my friend Spencer and his idea for tossing in a few strawberries- just what it needed.
Below is my recipe that you can drink with confidence- confidence that it won't counteract your exercise efforts and confidence that it's actually providing nutrition. I even broke down the nutritional stats for you. It's very simple and straightforward. I love that.
LC Low Sugar Green Smoothie
1 head romaine
1 stalk of celery
1 handful baby spinach
1 cup broccoli*
1/2 cup strawberries*
Juice of half a lemon
1 1/2 cups of cold, filtered water (no coconut water)
*For these, I use frozen. Makes a cold and refreshing smoothie.
Wash your fresh produce. Mix all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Enjoy immediately. You can adjust the amount of water to your desired consistency.
Makes two servings. Share with someone or the other half will save in an airtight container in the fridge until the next day.
Nutritional Info (per serving)
P.S. I cannot recommend Vitamix blenders enough because they produce the best texture imaginable. Helps when you're drinking a head of romaine lettuce, trust me. NutriBullets are also a best bet.
What's your experience with green drinks? Love them, hate them, indifferent? Give mine a try. Share with a friend who has yet to find one they like. And if they are unknowingly consuming far too much sugar, tell them beware and try the LC version. Let me know what you think!