You could say that I have a contradictory diet. I consider myself to be a relatively healthy person, we eat local, we eat a lot of organic, etc. However…
It’s no secret that I am addicted to the Golden Arches. I go to Mickey D’s on a regular basis WITH.MY.KIDS. We eat “in the restaurant.” Your shocked silence and horror are duly noted, thank you.
It’s also no secret that I’m sort of (more than a little bit) obsessed with how, when, and what my children and I eat every day. Earlier this year, we learned that LittleC has “food issues” – I had a full blood work up done, tested for diabetes, visited a dermatologist and a pediatric allergist. There’s no official diagnosis; however, we learned that she’s gluten-sensitive, HFCS-sensitive, dye-sensitive, and has severe eczema and other skin issues. Because feeding a 3-year-old isn’t hard enough.
So I started a pseudo-Paleo diet in our house – eliminated refined sugars and excess wheat, focused on organic fruit and veggies, went gluten-free wherever I could, and under no circumstances allow my girls to eat red food dye. In the meantime, I was starting my TIU obsession, my daily workouts, and was seriously focusing on my diet.
Which leads me to my love affair with Green Smoothies. It looks weird, the texture is odd, but the fact that I can suck down a few cups of greens, a whole banana, some fruit, some protein powder, and some coconut milk in less than 10 minutes ROCKS.MY.WORLD.
Also – that’s my very basic recipe. I use spinach mostly, kale sometimes, and other greens if I have them. I add whatever fruit I have on hand. In the summer it’s pretty easy to rely on fresh fruit, and in the winter, I use organic canned or frozen.
If you’re looking for scientific nutritional information, you’ll have to use your google muscles because I am not a doctor. Or a nutritionist. So if you know any lawyers, don’t tell on me.
If you’re looking for recipes and other info, and want to REALLY rock the green smoothies, then you should definitely check out the girls at Tone It Up (come on, you knew I was going to go there) and the girls over at Simple Green Smoothies (their 30-day challenges and instagram feed will inspire you, promise).
But don’t feel that you’ve got to get all Pinterest-y and perfect about the whole thing. You know that’s not who we are here. You can see that I use my $30 “Magic Bullet” (seriously, mine was cheaper, and didn’t even come with half that stuff, but now I need a new one). Just go with it – try it out. If you hate it, come back and yell at me. If you love it, you’re welcome.