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5 Reasons I Am In Love With Smoothies

My husband and I have been doing the smoothie thing consistently now for about two weeks. We are in love! I had tried making my own smoothies a few months ago and loved it, but stopped once my husband returned from deployment. I am happy that we both decided to jump into smoothie making recently and are benefiting from it immensely. Here are the five reasons why we love it so much:

1. It gives us energy. I suffer from Chronic Fatigue. When I come home from work, I want to go to bed and do nothing else. I do not have energy to go to the gym, and until recently getting up in the morning was a chore. Ever since my husband and I started making smoothies, I am up early every day and not just on weekdays. I am still working on getting to the gym and improving my diet even more, but the smoothies are helping me tremendously so that I am not sleeping the day away.

2. It makes us eat our vegetables. My husband hates anything green. He does not eat anything healthy, and refused to until I made him try a smoothie. He now loves it so much, that he insists on making them daily or making enough for the week. The smoothies contain enough fruits to cover the taste of vegetables. I am so happy to have found a fun way to get something green and nutritious into his daily diet.

3. They taste amazing! There are many ways and many recipes for smoothies out there. My husband and I normally make our own with spinach, citrus, berries and bananas. Sometimes we also add vanilla and cinnamon. We then add water and blend away.

4. They are economical. It is not expensive to eat healthy. Mu husband and I have discovered this. We always thought we could not afford buying all those fruits and vegetables. We were wrong! It was cheaper to buy the fruits and vegetables and make the smoothies, than to keep buying snacks that were not healthy for us at all. The smoothies also keeps us full for longer periods of time and we are getting healthier by the day.

5. I am loving my skin. The green smoothies have helped improve my complexion and my skin feels baby soft. I would like to eventually add more healthy items to our diet, as the smoothies thus far have been a hit in my home.

By the way, I am not getting paid to sponsor any products and/or diets. As always, consult your doctor before starting or changing your eating habits.

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Does a smoothie a day keep the wrinkles away?

A few months ago I came across some You Tube videos about raw veganism. I was bored, and must admit that I enjoyed watching them and now I am hooked. I have been following the videos of the various “gurus” and I have learned a lot. I never thought You Tube could be such a valuable source of information, although I must warn you to always do your research to back up what you see on there.

Watching these videos have made me give this lifestyle a chance, since it is known to be nutritious and healthy for our bodies. Also since I have nothing better to do and could use to lose some weight anyway, I decided to give it a try. I must admit that in my first attempt I went a little crazy and decided to go full force raw vegan. The result: I was starved and binged LOL. Fruits digest very quickly, even if you eat tons of them. So I decided that I needed to take things rather slow with this new lifestyle until I get used to it. I needed to be patient with myself, being that I am not vegetarian or vegan to begin with. So I have committed to adding at least a couple of pieces of fruit to my diet a day. Granted this should be happening anyway, but I will admit that my diet has been very poor in recent years. 

To aid in this new lifestyle, I did some research online and discovered the book The 80/10/10 Diet by Dr. Graham. The book basically tells the dieter to eat raw fruits, nuts and seeds. It is a low-fat, raw vegan diet. So that is what I would like to be eating at least 50% of the time. That is my goal for now and then I can see how I feel about going 100% .

But for now I am adding green smoothies to my breakfasts and adding some more fruits as snacks. I am still consuming cooked foods and some meats like chicken, but I have cut down drastically my dairy and red meat. 

I will say that before consuming my daily green smoothie I was, and still am, an acne sufferer. I have dealt with this condition for a long time and it has never really went away. 

After drinking my smoothies, my skin has cleared substantially and it also has a very nice glow to it. So I want to keep drinking these smoothies for a few more months to see if maybe I can avoid wrinkles too 🙂  Hey! I am 30 so I have to start thinking about these things. 

Anyway, I wanted to share some smoothies I have made recently along with their pictures. If you know of any other smoothie recipes or would like to share how someone can be successful with this diet, please share!!! 

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So the first smoothie I made consisted of organic baby spinach, bananas, strawberries, mango and water. It was really good, but if you like your smoothies really cold add some ice. The other smoothie consisted of frozen berries (no sugar added), baby spinach, bananas, a little flaxseed oil to curve the hunger, some lemon and water. This is my favorite smoothie thus far because of the lemon in it. I am not a fan of things that are too sweet, and fruits are sweet. So I add lemon. You can add the lemon little by little until you get the taste you desire. 


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