Green Smoothie Challenge: Day 10

This is my chocolate version of a green smoothie, and what I learned from this one is not to overuse the cacao powder, because it is quite bitter by itself and you’ll end up using lots more sweeteners to cover it up in the end. It sure looks pretty next to my graptopetalum, though! (Thanks, Devon, for identifying my succulent.)

Chocolate Green Smoothie | Sweet Anythings

My portions were all off, but the ingredients were:

kale and spinach
frozen berries
raw organic cacao powder
almond milk
bananas
dates
raw honey

Green Smoothie Challenge: Day 9

Good morning, friends! Here’s yesterday’s green smoothie, a perfect example that not all creations will be works of art (or even made before the sun goes down), but they sure still taste good! The recipe is, again, very simple, quick, and easy to make because you just toss it all in the blender. I personally invested in a reconditioned Vitamix to save some money, and I would never know the difference. Here’s the recipe:

½ cup spinach
½ cup kale
½ avocado
½ frozen banana
2 dates
handful of frozen berries
handful of green grapes (even better if you pop ‘em in the freezer)
splash of almond milk

Green Smoothie Challenge: Day Nine

The color was definitely verging on brown because of all the deep red and purple berries, but with the sunset lighting and thanks to my ever-growing succulent patio garden, it looks pretty temping, don’t you think? I would love to see what other green smoothie recipes people are coming up with. Find me on Instagram or share a comment below! Until tomorrow…

Green Smoothie Challenge: Day 8

This is by far my most delicious-looking green smoothie this month, and I think I’m getting better at styling and using the natural light. Here’s this delicious creation featuring kiwis! Had a nice time sipping on it while watching the sun set after photographing it (and getting some strange looks from neighbors as I tried to steady my shot while balancing on a plastic chair).

1 cup of spinach
2 kiwis, peeled
1 small green apple
½  avocado
1 frozen banana
coconut water
raw honey to taste

30 Days of Green Smoothies DAY EIGHT | Sweet Anythings

Green Kiwi Smoothie

This morning, I researched which sweeteners are actually “healthy”, or really, just not as bad as processed sugar. I typically only sweeten my smoothies with fruit or dates, or if I’m out of both, I might squeeze in some maple syrup or raw honey. Here’s a pretty good article that sums up the difference between glycemic index and fructose content and which is a better factor in determining how healthy or unhealthy sugars are. Here are the points that stood out to me most:

  • While agave nectar, for example, may have a low glycemic index (meaning it won’t cause blood sugar to spike the way sugar will) it contains 70-90% fructose while regular sugar is about 50%! It’s also very processed in the way cane sugar is.
  • Whether it’s raw, organic, or just regular cane sugar, your body can’t tell the difference. I thought raw/organic was always best, but it turns out in this case, it’s not. Same goes for “evaporated cane juice.” Yep, I thought these were better alternatives, too!
  • I use coconut sugar on my oatmeal almost every morning, but apparently it’s also not so good. Any added sugar isn’t great for you, but this one is much less-processed and only contains 35-45% fructose, so I’ll use it in moderation.

My journey to eat healthier, I found out, isn’t rocket science; it just takes a bit of self-education, common sense, and good decision-making. Keep up an interest in staying informed about nutrition and you’ll find a wealth of knowledge. Hope all of you green smoothie-makers are having fun out there this month! Here’s the link to the challenge I’m participating in, and see my Instagram for daily smoothie photos.

7 / 30 Days of Green Smoothies Down

Besides getting a cold, I’m feeling great drinking my greens for seven days straightbring on 3 more weeks! I’m not substituting meals or going on a detox smoothie bingethat’s why I love this challenge. I’m only introducing a single green smoothie into my daily diet for the full month of April. If you’re interested in joining the next 30-day challenge, check out Simple Green Smoothies for more info. It’s free, and signing up just gets you recipes and weekly motivation. Here’s my past few days in photos:

DAY THREE:  Started with fresh spinach and Trader Joes's frozen organic tropical fruit blend, then added tangerines, half an avocado, coconut milk, and water.

DAY THREE: Started with fresh spinach and Trader Joes’s frozen organic tropical fruit blend, then added tangerines, half an avocado, coconut milk, and water.

DAY FOUR:  Always sunny in Santa Barbara, and always perfect for a green smoothie! Spinach, basil, half an avo, unsweetened organic apple/apricot sauce, three tangerines, frozen banana, almond milk.

DAY FOUR: Always sunny in Santa Barbara, and always perfect for a green smoothie! Spinach, basil, half an avo, unsweetened organic apple/apricot sauce, three tangerines, frozen banana, almond milk.

DAY FIVE:  Feeling sicky and don't feel like going to the store for green smoothie ingredients because you've already gone through all your produce in five days? (Impressive). Use whatever frozen fruit is left, add the last bit of spinach, and hope that'll kick the icky right outta ya! Spinach, frozen mango, dried figs, organic hemp protein, combo of almond and coconut milk, vanilla, couple of tangerines for extra Vitamin C.

DAY FIVE: Feeling sicky and don’t feel like going to the store for green smoothie ingredients because you’ve already gone through all your produce in five days? (Impressive). Use whatever frozen fruit is left, add the last bit of spinach, and hope that’ll kick the icky right outta ya! Spinach, frozen mango, dried figs, organic hemp protein, combo of almond and coconut milk, vanilla, couple of tangerines for extra Vitamin C.

DAY SIX:  I swear it's green in there! Kale, frozen berries, coconut cream, dates, water, and a drizzle of maple syrup.

DAY SIX: I swear it’s green in there! Kale, frozen berries, coconut cream, dates, water, and a drizzle of maple syrup.

DAY SEVEN:  Dishes are dirty... and oh hey, grapes! ... aaand oh, a clean wine glass... aaand it's a smoothie in a wine glass! Because it has grapes... and wine is fermented grapes so it goes together... Spinach, frozen 'nana, avocado, green grapes, tangerines, almond milk, coconut water.

DAY SEVEN: Dishes are dirty… and oh hey, grapes! … aaand oh, a clean wine glass… aaand it’s a smoothie in a wine glass! Because it has grapes… and wine is fermented grapes so it goes together… Spinach, frozen ‘nana, avocado, green grapes, tangerines, almond milk, coconut water.

 

30 Days of Green Smoothies

So that I can keep myself accountable, and maybe inspire a little green in your life, I’m making, photographing, then drinking green smoothies at least once a day for the whole month of April. Let’s see if my Vitamix and I can do it!

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Green Smoothie Day One // Instagram @chershi

DAY ONE: I promise this is a green smoothie! Maqui berry, spinach, frozen banana, homemade cashew/date cream recipe, bluebs.

Green Smoothie Day Two // Instagram @chershi

DAY TWO: Lotsa kale, frozen banana, pineapple, and strawbs, homemade cashew/date cream, water, chia seeds.

Bowl Full of Life

Pomegranate Quinoa "Oatmeal" | @chershi on Instagram

Due to requests on my Instagram account to follow up photos of my new-found cooking passion, I’ve finally decided to post my creations on this blog. I don’t typically follow precise measurements of ingredients, and I add what I think a dish needs as I go, but I sure list everything that goes in; I love that such beautiful and delicious food can be made from just a handful of ingredients! My breakfasts usually turn out vegan, but if I feel like something would taste better with a hunk of cheese or a hearty poached egg and I’ve got it (or the time) on hand, I won’t hesitate to add it. My goal is purely this: to avoid processed sugars, use whole foods, and respect my body and what I put into it. No calorie counting, no guilt, and everything in moderation.

Anyway, here’s my best breakfast bowl combination yet: quinoa “oatmeal,” bananas, dried figs, almond and sun butter, pomegranate jewels, drizzled with maple syrup. I covered it with hemp milk afterward and couldn’t wait to eat it! So simple, right? Hope I can inspire you the way I’ve been inspired by so many others in the blogging/Instagram community!