Monday, February 18, 2008

Why Green Smoothies?

After dropping my percentage of Living Foods down to about 50% or less and indulging in highly processed cooked foods over the holidays, I've gotten back to about 90% Raw and Living foods. I'm comfortable with that number, and often can go days where the only non-Raw I take in is in the form of tea. So why the 3 day Green Smoothie challenge?

I know I did some damage with the way I ate in December and January. I'm taking these 3 short days as an opportunity to bombard my body with the goodness of greens to undo some of that damage. The large amount of fiber should help me detox/cleanse to an extent, and blending the food makes it a snap to consume large quantities of greens, while making it easier for my body to digest and assimilate the nutrients.

Honestly, it's easy in some ways. I don't have to wonder what my next meal will be. I leave the blender sitting out on the counter, and soon I'll put the juicer in action as well. An essential part of doing green smoothies is to get a wide variety of greens. Right now I only have spinach, but my CSA basket arrives tomorrow, and it always has lots of different leafy veggies in it. While I was on my hike, I was truly tempted by the wild mustard and dandelion greens growing all along the trail. No picking allowed in the park, though. Too bad.


Keely said...

We're gonna rock these green smoothies!!!

Rediscover Raw Food said...

Amen to that, Keely! I'm surprised by how satisfied I am by the smoothies today. I'm very much a person who enjoys food, so I was worried that I'd feel deprived right away. Somehow I've accepted that all those Raw yummies will be there when this Challenge is over. Besides, my smoothies are delicious!

Sharonda said...

Good Luck with your smoothies, I think they are awesome. That helps me keep my raw percentage higher.
Ps I had to change domains for my blog-long story but I wanted to connect with you and let you know I am still around

Rediscover Raw Food said...

Good to hear from you, sharonda. Day 1 of smoothies went pretty well. I'd forgotten how much I like them, since I sort of cut back on them when the weather turned cold.