Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Green Smoothie Challenge for April!

 Motiv8ers today we are starting a new food challenge!

Are you up to the challenge?

Will you take the steps to make a whole new you?

Will you take a step this month to making a better you so you can be healthier and stronger?

If you said yes, then read on and lets do this!

But first, I have some quick news for you!

The latest buzz is about a study done comparing different diets and their long term success. For those who want a quick fix, the research is discouraging. None of the diets showed great results after a couple of years. This isn't surprising. The problem with a diet mindset is that we want it to be for a certain period of time. Then we slowly creep back into our old habits and begin to put the weight back on. But there is some good news!

Making sustainable changes and adopting new healthy habits into your lifestyle leads to long term success. Finding the kind of "diet" that works for you and your lifestyle will bring you results. And when you pair your healthy changes with consistent calorie burning/muscle building exercise, you find the weight much easier to manage. 

Which brings us to our challenge Motiv8ers.  Every month Motiv8 puts out a new challenge that will help you consistently do a new healthy habit that will help improve your life.  So take this months challenge seriously and lets take another step forward in becoming awesome!

The Green Smoothie Challenge!!!!!

Crew last month we took on the 28 Day Clean Eating Challenge which had me, and many of you, eating a lot healthier.  I am eating more fruit, starches, fiber, and making sure I get the right amount of calories from real whole foods. My energy has gone up and my recovery time from workouts is becoming much shorter. Which is great. But, I am lacking in one thing for sure.  That is, I have been struggling with getting in my daily intake of vegetables.  Mainly leafy greens.  So I thought it would be a good time to bring back the Green Smoothie Challenge.  In my opinion, greens are the most important vegetable to have in your diet. Here are a few benefits:

  • They are a great source of protein, fiber, calcium, iron, vitamin D, and many more vitamins
  • they are simple and very inexpensive,
  • In a smoothie you don't even taste the green part.
  • and you will begin to feel better in no time.
Now if you are like me, you probably don't like to sit down and eat hand fulls of spinach or kale.  It just doesn't sound tasty.  If anything it sounds kinda gross.  Well that is where green smoothies come in.  Turns out, as we all have heard a lot over the last year, whole-food smoothies are convenient way to sneak more greens into your diet!  They can be super tasty and green smoothies can have huge benefits such as (definitely NOT a complete list):

  • the sweetness in fruit mask the bitterness of greens,
  • therefore, children love them,
  • and, the reduced food particle size help maximize nutrient absorption!

Now I know what you are thinking.  What is a good recipe for a green smoothie?  Well you only need mainly three things.  A liquid like water or a nut milk like almond milk.  Then two or three servings of fruit.  Followed by a few hand fulls of the green of your choice.  Here is a recipe I put together.

1-1/2 cup spinach
1/2 cup kale
1 frozen banana, cut in 1 inch pieces
1 cup frozen peach, cut in cubes
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 cup water

Blend frozen fruit until smooth, almond milk and water, then add greens.  Enjoy!

THAT EASY.  GUESS WHAT?  It's like drinking an ice cream shake!  I don't taste the spinach or kale one bit. And, it is super healthy. You can make many combinations and you will start to tackle one of the biggest problems we have, which is not getting enough leafy greens in our diets.  Also you can replace almond milk with soy, coconut, or cashew milk!  Or just water!  If you like a protein powder, you can add that as well.  You can use any kind of fruit you want and with the frozen fruit, there's no need for ice!

So, if your bananas start to go bad, peel them and put them in the freezer!

Tell us your favorite green smoothie recipe in the comment section below.  Get creative with this crew and lets make some epic smoothies.  But remember most important part is greens and fruit.  Keeping it simple is best.  Crew check the email for the details of the challenge and lets start making Smoothies together.

Check out this video below if you want more in depth information on the benefits of green smoothies.
 Crew that is all for today!

Stay EPIC and Don't Forget to Be AWESOME!

Coach Ty Out!

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