Day 100 – “Green” Smoothie Challenge

 

 

A healthy drink containing fruit and vegetable juices as well as spinach.

A healthy drink containing fruit and vegetable juices as well as spinach.

Back in October, I decided to do the cool thing, and jump on the “green” smoothie bandwagon. For the last 100 days, I have downed this vitamin-packed drink every morning. The challenge was originally only for 30 days, but obviously I’ve liked it.

Below are my thoughts!

  • I loved it! It gave me the promised energy-boost in the morning, made me feel healthy, and gave my skin that much-desired glow. Even though I always ate breakfast in the morning, I never looked forward to it. With the green smoothie, I was glad to drink it! Granted, it wasn’t the most delicious thing in the world, but how it made me feel, was worth it.
  • I would recommend it! It was an easy thing to add to my diet, and the combination possibilities are never ending. For those on a time crunch, it can even be made ahead of time, so you can just grab-n-go. Obviously, since it’s filled with fruits and vegetable, you will get more vitamins if you drink it immediately (yay water soluble vitamins!), but making it the day before is still a healthy alternative. Personally, I had everything precut and frozen, so I could save time in the morning.
  • Not for me, so maybe not for you! This whole time I am going on about how wonderful green smoothies are, but when it comes down to it, I can’t have them every day. When I was 20, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s. It is an autoimmune disease, and subsequently requires a special diet. Things vary person-to-person, but a general rule of thumb is sticking to a diet that is gentle on one’s digestive system. Part of this means low fiber.

At first, my green smoothies were wonderful, but as time went on, it began to make me feel like something was scraping my intestines. Being in denial, I was hoping it was caused by other things I was eating, but sadly it was my green smoothie. This doesn’t mean I have to give-up smoothies all together, but it does mean I have to give-up “green” smoothies every morning. I wanted to make sure to point this out because it is important to remember not every diet craze is for everyone every time. A lot of people have diet restrictions and have to vary things to fit their needs.

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