So here's my story, I am only 28 years old, not currently pregnant or nursing, have a healthy BMI, and get enough sleep 8-10 hours (usually interrupted.) I was feeling crappy- just didn't have much energy and a little sick to my stomach in the mornings. And, we currently are going through a job change and aren't covered insurance-wise for the next month, so going to the doctor to see what I could do differently was out of the question. Luckily, there is a little thing called facebook that I like to go to often to pick all my friend's brains for advice, so I did. I am SO glad that I did- at least 3 people mentioned green smoothies or the "Green Smoothie Girl" and I did some researching on her. I wanted to completely change the way our family was eating and this was a great place to start.
So, after 2 weeks of eating WAY more fruits and veggies whole or made into smoothies I feel WAY better already! I have the energy I used to get for a couple hours after drinking a Diet Dr. Pepper ALL the time now- without caffeine! I will probably go into this way we are eating more later, but for today I just had to share the tips I have learned to make green smoothies and make making them an easy daily process:
1. Buy in bulk and freeze spinach, kale, ripe bananas, other fruits like peaches, plums, berries, etc. (Or buy frozen)
For the spinach and kale I just use sandwich ziplock bags and get a REALLY big handful into it then smash down and squeeze out the air. For bananas I put a banana into a bag then smash it around- makes it easier for the blender later on to break off smaller chunks. You will want to just compare prices per lb. and shop sales- you can even freeze canned fruits to give your smoothie some really good texture and keep it cold longer!
2. Start with water, any type of milk, or juice for the base.
I have been doing water lately to keep the calories lower, but my favorite thing to use is milk.
3. Add fruit
My favorite combo so far is peaches and oranges- it tastes a little like an orange julius. Sometimes I even add some of the orange zest. I also like to make a "chocolate shake" and use a frozen banana and cocoa. 4. Add the greens
Again, I have a favorite and that would be spinach. I try to use kale because it is so good for you, but I hate the consistency it becomes- it thickens too much for me if I don't drink it fast enough. I have been doing about 1 1/2 cups spinach and 1/2 cup kale.
5. Add the ice
I usually add a big handful...sometimes more sometimes less depending on how much of my fruit is frozen and how much liquid I have.
6. Blend and taste- add vanilla, sweetener, or anything else it needs I usually add vanilla to start, but I try not to add sweetener unless it needs it. I have been using light agave nectar to sweeten and sometimes I'll add syrup from canned fruit, fruit juice, or sugar.
You can create so many different drinks using greens! I will share my very favorite concoctions once I have them mastered, and I will also share my recipe for a healthier chocolate ice cream.
7. Freeze whatever you don't drink into popsicles- the kids love them!
I got these molds from Wholeport, and I just add toothpicks and set the mold on a tray in the freezer. Then, once they are frozen I put them in ziplock bags in the freezer- if they last that long! :)
Okay you guys, I'm not sure if I have told you this before, but I hate my body in the Spring. All the winter weight just magically appears, I am as pale as I will ever be in the year, and my skin breaks out for no reason whatsoever. So, when my cousin approached me to do a review and giveaway with It Works! Body Wraps that I had been hearing so much about, I was totally on board.
While I was completely skeptical of what a wrap could really do to my body, but I was actually pretty surprised with my results. I didn't have a lot of fat to lose, so I didn't lose inches, but the wrap really firmed and tightened the whole area I used it on. It is really simple to use, as you can see in this video:
And here are just some examples of the kind of results you can expect:
As you can see, you can use it other places than just your midsection- they have facial wraps, and you can use them on your legs, butt, and arms too!
They also help with stretch marks, varicose veins, AND cellulite:
While I am a huge advocate of eating right and exercising to lose weight- no fad diets, or diet pills, I DO think that these wraps are a good way for you to start getting on the right track for weight loss- especially since once you buy them and use them it will motivate you more to keep the weight off by exercising and eating healthier. And the results are supposed to be lasting too.
AND, you can try a body wrap for free if you win this giveaway!
I'm Jess, welcome to my blog! My "favorite things" includes fashion & design, giveaways, crafts, mom & kid stuff, and any of the other little things that make me happy. Get comfy and stay a while- I hope I can brighten your day!