In an effort to make things easier for myself, I made a smoothie base. I’m a busy mother of three little girls who are out of school for the summer, so long drawn out periods of time spent with vegetables is pretty much out of the question. So today, as I unpacked my produce, I got a genius idea. I can just make a smoothie base.
What is a smoothie base you ask? Well let me break it down.
It’s pretty much taking the prep work out of making smoothies, while packing in as much nutrition as possible. I made a pitcher of these blended veggies that I can pour into the blender, add fruit and ice to make my smoothie. Easy.
What you’ll need:
4 Kale leaves
1/2 bunch parsley
3 cups of spinach
4 stalks of celery
I just blended all these up and poured into a pitcher. This should last about 48 hours and probably about 3-4 smoothies. Just add your fruit (bananas, berries, etc.) and even protein powder. I actually found this recipe on a juicing website and it’s supposed to energize you just as much as a cup of coffee. Sign me up! I’m trying to kick my bad caffeine habit for awhile now.
It really saves time from having to blend up a ton of different things to make one smoothie and I added a lot of great ingredients right off the bat.
I really don’t like to cook. Which is why I’ve always been a big consumer of convenience foods and fast food. Those habit have lead to weight gain. To change that I know I have to cook at home.
Green beans and shrimp
So this is what I eat for lunch. Green beans sauteed in olive oil and then I added some shrimp. It was quick, easy, and tasty! Score!
This smoothie is my post work out go to smoothie. It’s easy and it tastes pretty good. Since I work out after breakfast and before lunch, I find that it holds me over for a pretty good amount of time. Plus I almost always have these ingredients on hand.
Awhile back I tried the Dr. Oz 3 Day Cleanse and it was an epic fail. All I could think about was food. I couldn’t watch TV, check out pinterest or even cook lunch for my girls without a major struggle. Even though that cleanse was a fail, I have continued to make smoothies, incorporating at least one into my day. The energy boost is amazing.
1 Tbsp Peanut Butter
1/4 cup Oatmeal
2 cups of Spinach
1 cup Vanilla Almond Milk (or water)
Blend everything together and enjoy.
What’s your favorite smoothie?
I made a goal to cook more. I have so many reasons why I don’t cook. Being too tried being the main one. I made a point to try some new paleo slow cooker recipes. I figured if I spent 10 minutes prepping dinner the night before, I could come home to an already prepared meal. (Just remember to take the Crockpot out of the refrigerator and turn it on in the morning! Something I totally did this week.)
I’ve tried four new recipes this week. Two of which weren’t very successful in the fact that I really didn’t like the taste of the veggies in them. Ended up just picking the meat out of the pot and adding it to salads and steamed veggies instead. But I am still proud of myself for trying something new.
However there were two recipes that I loved. A beef stew that I made up with things I had on hand and I forgot to take pics of and this:
I did make some changes; I halved the recipe and used seasonings I had on hand. AndI used a jar of organic marinara sauce from Martins’.
So this all began because I came across the book by Gary Taubes, Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It.
The point of the book was to give the research into the best diet for humans, turns out it is a lower carbohydrate diet. He mentioned in it the Paleo Diet which lead me The Paleo Diet by Loren Cordain, Ph.D.
I read this book from the cover to the end. I was hooked. I decided that because of my family history of diabetes, this was the perfect lifestyle for me. Over the holiday break I read everything I possibly could to get ready for the change. I found many great blogs and articles. Before heading home I stocked up at Trader Joe’s and Martin’s. Then I did something I’ve never done before, which was completely clean out my fridge and cabinets of all non paleo foods.
Take a peek inside my stocked fridge:
Eating all organic costs more but I already feel a difference. I’m not craving sweets as badly or wanting to snack late at night. But it still is the first week. Old habits die hard. So far I can only say good things about eating the paleo way! Anyone wanna join me?