Green challenge

So did any of you participate in the Greens for March challenge?  How did you all do?  Truthfully, I did really well at first and then I got lazy.  There were days when we had a lot of leftovers.  I’m not a huge fan of leftovers.  I’m slowly starting to be okay with them, but find that I have to reinvent them to be okay with eating it the next day (how very spoiled of me to say, I know.).  So I was stuck eating leftovers for lunch (not that I’m complaining) and not salads.

But here are a couple of salads I created.  Stay tune for future posts of these recipes.

Beet Farro salad

Shaved brussels sprout salad

Kitchen sink salad with nut butter dressing

Mango, avocado, and black bean salad with chipotle chicken

This April, I’ve joined yet another challenged.  This time I’m doing the Young and Raw 30 day Green Smoothie challenge.  Upon joining the group, you’re emailed a list of ingredients to purchase for the next 5 days.  Then you’re emailed a smoothie recipe the night before using those ingredients.  This isn’t a cleanse challenge.  It’s just a way to get your greens in, via smoothies for 30 days.  You are not to use dairy, which I haven’t really done.  Usually I make my smoothies with greek yogurt and milk or soy milk.  The challenge also has you adding herbs into your smoothies like cilantro, basil, or parsley, which I also have never done before.  As well as adding hemp seeds (I’ve only added chia or flax) or maca.  So trying all these new things has pushed me out of my smoothie making comfort zone, if you may.  I decided to do this after I had the tasty HI-5 juice (okay it’s a juice, not a smoothie. but I don’t want to invest in a juicer right now) from The Protein Bar, while in Chicago.  Cilantro in a juice sounded interesting but intimidating.  To my surprise, it was UNBELIEVABLY tasty and pleasantly refreshing.  That drink inspired me to make my Copineappearanalery smoothie.  We’re in the second week of the challenge and some of the recipes have been good, some have been okay, and some I’d rather not taste again.  The challenge is going on right now and you can still join, unofficially, on Facebook.  There are other groups on Facebook that do something similar.  Some of which, do use dairy products, so I may try that next after this 30 day challenge.

Some people are doing these challenges as a means for dieting, which there are nutritionists that administer these challenges on Facebook.  I, however, am just looking for another way to get my daily dose of vitamins plus enjoy a tasty non-alcoholic drink.  I’m trying to stay clear of sodas and some juices (as they’re loaded with sugar).  Sometimes water can get boring, so smoothies or infusing my water with fruit are my healthy tasty alternatives.

Have you done a juice or smoothie cleanse?  How about a juice or smoothie challenge?  Have you bought into the ever so popular green smoothie trend?  What’s your favorite green smoothie recipe?

2 thoughts on “Green challenge

  1. I have done a juice cleanse before and I felt AMAZING. I’m actually starting one again soon. It helps me when gluten builds up in my body through cross-contamination since I can’t tolerate gluten. But first, I’m craving salad!

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