Pear Kale and Ginger Smoothie – Fresh & Good!

This is my first official green smoothie recommendation. I went through quite a few pretty bad recipes but still thought I’d try to be adventurous and find new ways to finish up the kale I bought 2 weeks ago. This one is definitely a winner.

Pear Kale and Ginger Smoothie (adapted from thetastyother)

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I actually recommend you give this a try. I added cucumber because it was going bad and I needed to finish it, and I had some frozen aloe cubes in my freezer that I wanted to use up. I think they were good additions! I also added in some lemon rind along with the juice.

I was hesitant at first to add the yogurt and almond milk, so I blended everything else first and tried it on a spoon with the yogurt. Glad to say it worked for me. I only used 1/3 cup of yogurt because that is all I had but a full 1/2 cup would be good too.

By the way, this does made a lot of smoothie. I had to pour some out into a cup to blend out some ingredients, but then I added it back to my smoothie cup. I think you could use half of this recipe and add some ice and it would be good for a single serving, too.

I hope you give this a try and let me know what you think. The texture is a little grainy but it smells and tastes really fresh. I wonder…maybe some mint would go well with this?

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Trying out green smoothies!

I promised some smoothie recipes, and here they are. It’s my first time making “green” smoothies, and I had a lot of fun with it. I’ve been saving recipes to try out and I think I’ll keep making updates like these, including the good and (you’ll see next week) the bad.

My supermarket sells huge portions of kale that I’m still working through hence why all the kale in each recipe. I made such big portions because I was drinking them at work in place of breakfast/lunch. I try to not make them too sweet and not use too many fruits but if on the first try it doesn’t taste good, fruits are helpful to make it palatable!

Monday: Kale Banana Berry Smoothie

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My favorite! My own recipe, based off of ingredients I bought at the store. It turned a nasty-looking brown color after a couple of hours but still tasty!

Tuesday: PB Kale Smoothie

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This one was pretty good, a bit more filling. I was worried that I would get hungry during the day because I didn’t eat a lot the day before so I added ground oatmeal, grinding it to a powder before adding anything else.

Wednesday: Veggie Blast Smoothie

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Not very tasty recipe, but drinkable. I added peppers and carrots after reading about daily nutritional guidelines and getting it into my head that I needed more orange and red veggies…but this isn’t the best way I think. I will also try sieving the blackberry seeds out next time.

Thursday: Melon Smoothie

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The first one I couldn’t finish! It tasted so…melon-y. My mom brought home cantelopes and honedew from work and I thought I should use them up, but I really did not enjoy the taste. It just wasn’t for me, but I think other people might enjoy it. Looking back through this recipe makes me go…What was I thinking???

Friday: Soy Banana Bread

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I didn’t intend to purchase any protein powder, but I was at the store on Thursday and couldn’t resist picking this one up. I was really excited to try it out, and this recipe was really really good! I modified the recipe from the bag. This makes a small cup but I added a lot of extra ice and water to stretch it and make a full big cup.

Saturday and Sunday I took a break!

Drinking these smoothies made me really focus on only eating when I was hungry, and it made me want healthier options for dinner because I already planned out the calories for breakfast. I would look forward to making dinner after my workout, so it’s a win win.

What are some smoothie recipes you’ve had that you really enjoy? Let me know and I’ll give them a try!

My New Healthy Schedule – March Update

So it’s three months into 2018 and I can tell it’s going to be a better year for me than last.

Got started on Zoloft 50mg in January (post coming soon) and made a bunch of appointments to all the doctors I’ve been neglecting to see, applied to a bunch of jobs and went on some interviews. Went back to work at my old job in February.

Now It’s March and I started making smoothies daily and exercising, started to save money again and pay off my credit cards. It’s all looking up again.

The most amazing thing I think is that I finally found the inner motivation to start putting an effort into my health. I think I’ve been putting it off mostly because I put finding a job on the forefront of my Things To Do.

So…my first paycheck I renewed my Planet Fitness membership and bought some veggies and fruits and it’s been pretty easy sticking to a daily self care schedule. It was actually simple to figure out since its structured to follow my work schedule, and it’s easy to stick for three reasons:

  1. The things I would put off or forget to do, like use my inhaler, I do after I get up and drink some water. And after I use my inhaler, I remember that I should weigh myself. Then I get started on my smoothie, which I was looking forward to since last night.
  2. I have things to look forward to. In the morning I make a smoothie (+), at noon I take my Zoloft (+), and after the gym and a shower I eat dinner (+). Then, I’m free to relax for the rest of the night (+).
  3. I put my house keys into a tiny makeup bag along with my gym locker and sweatband, so that when I open the door to my house it’s already on my mind that I have to go to the gym, or exercise at home when I can’t get to the gym.

My Schedule:

  • 6:30 Wake up.
  • Weigh myself, take my daily inhaler. Make a smoothie for work while (maybe) drinking some green tea, get ready for work. Get picked up at 7:45.
  • 7:45 Get picked up for work.
  • 8:00 Make coffee at work.
  • 11:00 I get a bit hungry so I start sipping my smoothie, which lasts a few hours.
  • 12:00 I take my Zoloft.
  • If I’m hungry later on I might have packed a soft boiled egg or a Kind bar. Drink lots of water, maybe more coffee until…
  • 5:30/6:00 I leave work.
  • 6:30/7:00 Get home, get ready for the gym.
  • 7:00-7:30 Gym.
  • 8:00 Shower, moisturize, make dinner, eat dinner, relax.

I’ve been using a few apps that have helped: My FitBit watch, Lose It! for tracking calories, Nike+ for exercise, and RENPHO, my new scale/app which “measures” body fat and other things. I don’t buy into its accuracy, but it’s a cool new digital scale where I can see how I’m progressing.

I’ll post some more detailed updates and smoothie recipes soon.

Appetite Bootcamp – Cabbage Soup Diet – The Verdict

Wondering where Day 3 went? You’re at the right place. Of course nothing goes as planned, and as boring as the food was, so was writing posts about how boring the food was. Here’s an update since then.

My mom and I lasted 6 days. My friends came over, so they were eating paella and drinking and suddenly the diet didn’t make any sense anymore. Who am I? Why am I trying this diet out? Who is it really going to help? So I had a bowl and a few drinks and felt much better.

Notable mentions:

  • I went from weighing 171 pounds to 164.6 pounds
  • I made the boiled meat taste good! (recipe here)
  • The day after the diet I drank soy sauce all day. Added too much salt to everything. Felt like I couldn’t get enough
  • The day after that, I gained all the weight back, probably mostly in water weight
  • It did help me get used to only eating when I was hungry

So there you have it. I’m never going to do this again.


End of the series. Go back to the beginning if you want.

Have you tried the cabbage soup diet? How did it go for you? Do you have any funny/desperate/successful diet stories? Let me know in the comments.

Appetite Bootcamp – Cabbage Soup Review Day 1

Day 1: unlimited! cabbage soup, fruits (with the exception of bananas)

You cook your soup, thinking, cool, it smells good, I get to put spices in, I can even make it spicy! But your mom can’t handle spicy, so you add that to your own bowl later when it cools. You try it, take a sad picture of your soup and post it on Instagram. You realize spicy food is really good with salt, salt would make this taste better than a diluted compost bin. It would probably even taste like it smells.

You go over the list of Things You Can Eat This Week and you re-envision the foods you once believed were Not So Bad. Boiled beef – no salt. Baked potato – no butter or salt. Vegetables – green. What green vegetables taste good without salt or oil?

You realize that this diet was made to suck out any positive relationship you had to food, because salt is the key to all happiness, salt is what makes life enjoyable.

You read a bunch of blogs written by people who committed to not eating salt for seven years. You try that theory in your head, nope sounds crazy. You don’t want to get to know the subtle nuanced flavors of a carrot. You stare back into your soup.

It stares back.


If you’re confused, here’s The First Post. If you’re not confused, Keep Reading… Day Two.

Appetite Bootcamp – Cabbage Soup Day 2

Day 2: …unlimited cabbage soup, green vegetables all day, evening baked potato!! with some vegetable oil

You wake up and you go for that run you neglected yesterday. It feels great, you come back home and realize you’re covered in a sheen of wet and SALT!

You’re sure its salt because all you smell like is salt and it’s only been one day so you know you’re not hallucinating. A brief thought – withdrawal symptoms?
You add vinegar and pepper flakes and hold your nose this time. The soup goes down – easy? -ier. An hour and a black sugar-free coffee later you’re hungry again.
You decide you’re done being miserable so you google “how to make things taste good without salt.” Make a shopping list, shovel down some more soup. Pee a lot.
Read about how you’re doing everything wrong (running, not eating enough, not drinking enough water), how other people “cheat” and it doesn’t affect results.

Question why you have to be so strict as you try to finish that second bowl of soup that does nothing to ease your hunger. Fill up a huge bottle of water to drink.

Look forward to your boiled potato. Boil it, add fresh thyme and oil to it. Eat it, realize the inside is still raw.

Spend the rest of the day dreaming about food, about tomorrow, when you can have fruits again.

 


If you’re confused, here’s The First Post. If you’re not confused, Keep Reading… Day Three.