I must of really enjoyed myself over Christmas. I must of also been in total denial to think that every time I placed some calorie dense food item in my mouth my body would process it like a leaf of lettuce. But reality set in when I was getting ready to go out for New Year’s Eve and being like everyone else I already knew what I was going to wear. Or I thought I did. Well big fat dang! How did these pants get so tight?? This very chic ensemble sure did fit before Christmas and how on earth could it not fit in a matter of weeks?? Not good because I did not have Plan B or at least Plan B was not the outfit I had mentally prepared for! I felt like Macaulay Culkin in the Home Alone movie.
Thank goodness my friend Renee had turned me on to some really yummy veggie smoothies to help you detox. I made several after Thanksgiving with a tad bit of trepidation but they were actually quite good and I felt great!! Seriously! Even my husband was drinking them and I know you may never meet my husband but his ideal breakfast involves either sausage or bacon! He knows better!
Here is the smoothie my friend turned me on to. Seriously, it is very tasty. I know……..I had my doubts also!! I love kale so I added that also.
Glowing Green Smoothie by Kimberly Snyder, Clinical Nutritionist
1 1/2 cups water
1 head organic romaine lettuce, chopped
1/2 of large bunch of organic spinach (or 3/4 of small bunch)
3-4 stalks organic celery
1 oraganic apple, cored and chopped
1 organic pear, cored and chopped
1 organic banana
Juice of 1/2 organic lemon
Optional: 1/3 bunch organic cilantro (stems okay), 1/3 bunch organic parsley (stems okay)
- Add the water and chopped head of romaine and spinach to the blender.
- Starting the blender on a low speed, mix until smooth.
- Gradually moving to higher speeds, add the celery, apple, and pear.
- Add the cilantro and parsley if you choose. Fresh herbs, like cilantro and parsley, have cleansing properties that help extract heavy metals and other toxins from the body.
- Add the banana and lemon juice last.
- This recipe produces about 60 ounces. Kimberly recommends that a woman drink about 16-25 ounces every morning. You can store the rest of the liquid for a day or portion it out and freeze.
Beautylish Tip: If you don’t have access to organic produce, regular fruits and vegetables are okay too, says Kimberly, who recommends soaking them with diluted apple cider vinegar to remove the pesticides.
It is a great website!! The first smoothie is called Flat Tummy – just the name of it makes me pay attention!! The next one is called Skin Saver – still has my attention! Then there is the Peanut Butter Energy Booster – peanut butter and energy? that is a win-win if you ask me!! How about a smoothie call Bone Lover?? I am at the age (older & past menopause) that I need to pay attention to anything that helps my bones. And then there is one called Immune System Booster- hey we all need to keep our immune system fit – especially this time of year. Natural Skin Tanner is definetly something I want to try – we all want that healthy glow and this smoothie is rich in beta carotene. And the last one is Antioxidant Power full of blueberries, raspberries, pomegranates and beet juice.
SO! Who wants to join me?? I started my smoothie routine this morning and had lots of energy, which is normally not my claim to fame!!
Of course I do need to give everyone a disclaimer……….I am not a doctor and do not play one on TV or anywhere else!! Before you do anything we all know to check with our doctor and get their blessing!!! We all know this because we have heard it a gazillion times before.
Here’s to a very healthy 2012!!
Thanks for stopping by my blog!!