Happy July! Yesterday was the first day of the Smoothie Challenge and I have to say, it’s been SO fun receiving all your entries/smoothies – and it’s also been great to see people chatting with each other on Twitter about the smoothies. You guys are awesome. Just sayin’.
Take a look at some of the lovely smoothies that were sent to me yesterday! (Couldn’t feature them all, sorry!)
So now we’ve seen what you all did for your first day of the challenge, but you haven’t seen what I did.
DAY 1 Smoothie
I decided to get creative and try something I’ve never really tried before. I was weeding the garden the other day and I found some gigantic dandelion leaves, so I picked them and saved them for this smoothie.
Dandelions are great for:
- Increasing energy
- Detoxing the liver
- Helping with weight loss
- Blood purifier
- Cleansing and detoxifying the whole system
- Helps with clearing acne
- Increasing iron intake – great for those with anemia
I also learned that dandelion is loaded with potassium, iron, calcium, choline, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin K, vitamin E and the B vitamins. It also had fiber AND protein – the protein thing surprised me. Anyway, I was excited to give it a try.
Note: Make sure that if your pick the dandelion leaves yourself you know they are organic and not sprayed.
Dandelion Orange Smoothie
- 1 cup organic dandelion leaves
- 1/3 – 1/2 cup organic strawberries, frozen
- 1 navel orange, peeled
- 1 scoop Original Vega Energizing Smoothie
- 5-7 cubes ice
- Water, for blending
Blend everything well.
You can use whatever protein powder or superfood you like instead of the Vega mix, but I really enjoyed using it in this smoothie and found that it disguised the bitter taste of the dandelions. Also, if you really want to try and hide the dandelion taste, add fresh squeezed orange juice instead of water.
DAY 2 Smoothie (today!)
This morning I woke up feeling lazy so I just shook up some Vega Berry Energizing Smoothie with water and ice. I love these smoothie pouches for this reason – no effort required. I’m doing some traveling this month, so I’ll bringing these smoothie pouches along! No blender needed.
Unfortunately, I also woke up with a cold/cough. I haven’t been sick for simply ages, but lately, everything has been extremely busy and I think my body was just tired of doing so much all the time. Anyway, it’s just one more reason for this smoothie challenge. Smoothies are so amazing for healing your body.
Even though I’ll be eating really healthy to beat this cold, I discovered this in the fridge today.
Seems like my amazing Mom has made the No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake again! There’s no way I’ll say no to that. Thankfully, it’s practically sugar free and it’s a high-protein dessert! It’s a family classic around here and it’s hard to believe there’s not a stitch of cream cheese in it. I’m glad eating healthy doesn’t mean skipping dessert!
How’s the challenge going for you? Any tips for me to get rid of this nasty cold? By the way, it’s not too late to join the challenge, you can join in any old time!
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