Sunday, January 22, 2012

Green Smoothie Challenge Week 1

I'm quite enjoying the Green Smoothie Challenge. I can't honestly say it's made me feel much different (I eat a lot of vegetables anyway), but it's certainly not doing me any harm. My only complaint is having to clean my blender every day - normally I'd only use it once or twice a month.

Day 1: soy milk, yoghurt, banana, blueberries, flaxmeal, chia seeds, baby spinach

Day 2: soy milk, yoghurt, flaxmeal, banana, ice, baby spinach and parsley

Day 3: apple, butter lettuce, cucumber, water, ice

Day 4: soy milk, yoghurt, banana, chia seeds, flaxmeal, parsley, English spinach

Day 5: soy milk, flaxmeal, banana, butter lettuce, wheatgrass powder, spirulina

Day 6: soy milk, yoghurt, banana, butter lettuce, parsley, flaxmeal, wheatgrass powder, spirulina, ice

Day 7: a 'Green, Lean and Clean' from Boost Juice, which had pineapple, celery, wheatgrass and a couple of other things I can't remember

Random things:
1. I took Amy's advice and peeled my bananas then froze them. I already have a pile of unpeeled bananas in my freezer as I can't eat them once they get really ripe so I throw them in there for muffins. However, peeling them while frozen is impossible, and letting them thaw makes them turn to mush (which doesn't matter for muffins but defeats the purpose of having an icy cold banana in a smoothie).

2. I won't cheat and go to Boost again. It was ridiculously expensive for what amounts to a bit of juice, and no doubt it was packed full of sugar. And it gave me brain freeze.

3. I prefer the milky ones to the non-milky. I didn't really like the apple, cucumber and lettuce one. I would probably like it better if I had a proper juicer (I am saving but those things go for several hundred dollars so it will be a while), but the texture in just a blender was kind of slushy.

4. I don't know why I used soy milk as opposed to the regular skim milk I have at home. I think I just wanted something organic. I know you can get organic skim milk as well, so that's not really very logical. Oh well.

Sabine from Echolife has done a round-up of how other people have been getting into the challenge. Did you do it? How is it going?


  1. I much prefer soy in smoothies because it's lighter (to me), I don't get lactose-puff afterwards AND it gives your smoothie a nutty-sweetness you don't get with soy.

    I've not been as diligent as you, but still intend to make any smoothie I have green. I do think it makes a difference on the days I have them.

    1. You're right, it does add a bit of sweetness.

  2. What a great challenge! I should get in on doing something like this! And I could see how the milky ones would probably taste a bit better/creamier than the non milky ones.

    1. Definitely, though if they weren't as slushy the non-dairy ones would be nice on a hot day.