Breakfast smoothie? Check. Energy smoothie “To Go” to bring to work? Check.
This is an account of Day 3 of my Green Smoothie Diet Challenge — the adventure continues :)
Where did we leave off? Oh yeah. I survived Day 1 and Day 2 of my new job, in large part due to my new green smoothie habit. That took me to Wednesday, the infamous “Hump Day.”
There’s something about Wednesday that’s especially hard to get through.
You’re getting there, almost at the weekend, so close yet so far.
You already have 2 days of work behind you and you’re exhausted as a result of the cumulative effort, but you still have 3 full days of work to go.
If you can just make it through Hump Day, the week is yours...
What’s the best way to make it through Hump Day?
Glad you asked...with a green smoothie, of course!
Oh, and one other secret “bonus” tip which you’ll find below...
The two best investments you can make in your health and energy for the day are:
Read on for one of each type of recipe...
If you’re trying to fit a green smoothie challenge into your busy work week or generally hectic lifestyle like me, chances are you’re short on time.
So what's the best way to make these green smoothie recipes?
Eyeball it! I personally don’t have time to measure things out first thing in the morning.
If you’re new to making healthy smoothies and need more direction, don’t panic!
I recommend you start by checking out some of the fruit smoothie recipes on this site which do have measurements indicated.
I also give some helpful tips in the How to Make a Smoothie section of the site, but here are some specific ideas to get you started right now:
This breakfast smoothie was my first attempt graduating from my usual “beginner” green smoothie recipes to a more advanced recipe.
Instead of using spinach or romaine lettuce which both have a rather mild flavor that you barely notice in the smoothie, I experimented with rotating my greens and tossed in some mixed herbs instead.
The herbs definitely had a stronger taste, and to be quite honest it tasted a bit weird at first, almost offensive to my taste buds. But after awhile I got used to it and enjoyed the smoothie.
I definitely recommend that you experiment with different green leafy vegetables. Just be prepared for some surprising tastes and give your taste buds some time to adjust to these new flavors before you give up on a new green.
I was pleased that this recipe made 4 cups!
3 bananas in one smoothie might seem shocking at first, but it’s really a great way to give your smoothie substance.
You then end up with enough healthy smoothie to last you the entire day. Talk about a healthy snack. It definitely beats snacking on chips and candy at your desk.
My best piece of advice? Stock up on several bunches of bananas early in the week, and use them liberally: The nutrition benefits of bananas are amazing!
Mango nutrition is also quite impressive. Trader Joe’s frozen mango chunks make it easy to stay stocked up.
One issue with this smoothie was that I didn’t use quite enough water, so it was a bit goopy by the time I poured myself some at work.
There’s an easy solution to this problem: just add a little bit of water and stir it with a spoon or fork.
I did that and it came out fine.
My coworkers even saw me doing this, but they didn’t say anything. I guess you could say I was caught in the act of healthy eating ;)
These fruit shakes are seriously what kept me going through the day.
Nothing beats starting off the day with a healthy breakfast smoothie, jumpstarting your metabolism, and then keeping it going throughout the day.
It seemed like I was always either drinking some healthy smoothie, or walking to the kitchen to refill. It was an easy quick break and small burst of physical activity.
I actually ended up with a lot left over—I was too full to finish it!
There were only 1 or 2 times when I was slightly hungry during the day, and when I wasn’t drinking more smoothie, I snacked on either fresh blueberries, other fresh fruit or baby carrots.
It was very important for me to sip water constantly throughout the day alongside my smoothie. I also had one mug of green tea which gave me a warm and soothing extra energy boost.
I felt satisfied with a moderate lunch and a light dinner before going off to dance salsa for 3 hours that evening...which by the way is another great way to overcome Hump Day!
These green smoothies really seem to be an effective way to increase energy levels at work, which was one of the main goals of my challenge, besides generally healthy eating.
I hope you enjoyed these breakfast smoothie and "to go" smoothie recipes.
Just now jumping in? Be sure to see the Green Smoothie Diet Challenge Introduction, Day 1 and Day 2 before continuing so you can get the full Smoothie Scoop.
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