I've decided I want to do a full week of nothing but Green Smoothies! Green smoothies have totally clicked with me and I can't get enough of them. So from today through Sunday, I'm only going to have green smoothies. Oh and some juice in the morning. I make some for my husband to drink on his way to work and I always finish his left overs.
I'm extra excited to start this today because I ate soo bad and nearly 100% SAD food over the weekend! We went to a Ribfest and the Taste of Chicago and 2 different 4th of July parties... and ... well... I guess I'm just weak, I don't know. I couldn't even imagine of a way to keep raw through these events. Hopefully by next year I'll be more experienced and ready to deal with these sorts of challenges! But I ate crap and I gained 3 lbs so it's time to get it all out of my system and go 100% raw green smoothies for the week!
My first smoothie I made today is from Victoria Boutenko's book Green for Life. I made a Blueberry Pudding smoothie. Previously, I've always just done banana and mixed greens but this week I am going to try a bunch from her book to branch out in new directions. Her recipe calls for 1 banana, 2 cups of blueberries, 1 stalk of celery and 2 cups of water. It's supposed to make a quart of smoothie but some how I came out with 6 cups, which I think is like a quart and a half. I was excited to try this one because I *hate* celery and so far in the other smoothies I've made, I would never have guessed their were greens in it from the taste, just from the color. So I thought this one would completely hide the celery and let me trick my taste buds into eating it.
I definitely taste a LOT of celery with this smoothie. So much so that I ended up adding some raw agave nectar before I could drink any of it. If I plug my nose and just choke it down, I can drink it though, at least at the beginning. On my last cup or 2 of it, I'm actually noticing the celery less. I hope this means my taste buds are already changing to enjoy more greens!! I've got another celery-based smoothie scheduled for later this week so I am sure hoping I can tolerate that one also. I would love to learn to love celery!
For dinner, my husband wanted to go out and get food from one of my favorite Chinese buffets. It's a cool buffet because they allow you to take out food also. They charge by the pound, and it's actually pretty cheap. I am committed to my green smoothies but this seemed like it was going to be a bigger challenge than I was ready for. I went with him to get the food and everything smelled soooo good. So I allowed myself to look and smell and drool but then not put any of that ick into my body.
Sitting next to him at the dinner table with his delicious smelling food was seriously difficult. Thankfully this is only the first day so I at least had some will power built up. I tried not to drool too much into my smoothie. I made another out of Green for Life. This one was 5 cups watermelon, some romaine and some water. The important part I messed up here was forgetting that I don't really care for watermelon all that much. I'm sure if you like watermelon, it'd be tasty. But it's not my favorite thing. Plus my blender is just one of those cheapo kinds so I still had a bunch of seed bits I had to keep spitting out. Not horrible but definitely not a delicious experience like take-out Chinese buffet.
I feel fine though, full enough, and now that I can't smell the food, I'm not really craving it or anything.
My poor husband though just got SO SICK. Lots and lots of throwing up.. and if I hadn't been adamant about eating raw today, I'm sure I would be in the same position! I guess that's probably the last time we go to that buffet. I suppose now isn't the best time to lecture him on the virtues of raw food, lol
My first day at 100% raw! I can't wait to see how tomorrow goes