Happy June, everyone!! I seriously can’t believe we are almost halfway through this year (where has the time gone?!?!), but I’m excited because June is my birthday month. Shout out to all my fellow June babies! Holla!! So as you guys know, I’m trying out JJ Smith’s 10-day Green Smoothie Cleanse. Today is day 8 and I cannot wait for day 11! Lol! Seriously though, the first couple of days were super hard for me because I was craving everything and anything. You name it, I wanted it. Scrolling through my Instagram feed was pure torture! There were so many delicious-looking meals and treats. **WARNING: Stay Away From Instagram While Detoxing** You have been warned!
In addition to the temptation struggle, I was feeling pretty hungry during the first two days. I felt like my body wasn’t getting enough protein, calories, or both. I literally thought I was about to pass out one day on my way home from work. Not cool. One of the things I liked about this cleanse was the fact that I could eat boiled eggs, nuts, and nut butters, but the allowed amount of these things is small. So, to help keep me from feeling like I was starving my body and to get me through all 10 days, I decided to adjust my allowance of these proteins. Mainly, I went from eating two boiled eggs a day to four; two as a morning snack and two in the late afternoon. That simple change made a world of a difference.
As the days go by, the cleanse gets easier. You crave less crap and you really start to get excited about what you’re eating. I’ve never been so excited about peanut butter on celery sticks! I’ve also never been so excited to drink my green smoothies. I’ve always loved them, but I swear my eyes light up when I pull that mason jar out of my bag at lunch time!
I don’t follow recipes when I make my smoothies, I just through things in the blender and hope it tastes good. Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn’t. Lol There are a few things that are always in my smoothie: 1 tsp of spirulina, 2 Tbsp of flax, and 2 big handfuls of greens. The type of greens I use vary, but I usually use an organic blend of baby kale, chard, and spinach that I found at Costco.
I also usually put half of a frozen banana in my smoothie to add a touch of creaminess. Sometimes I may add extra veggies, like carrots or cucumbers, but the rest of the ingredients are usually fresh and/or frozen fruits and water. The more frozen fruit I use, the more water (or other liquid) I add. You need less liquid if all of your fruits are fresh. For this cleanse, I bought a frozen organic berry mix, frozen organic mango, and frozen pineapple from Costco. I also had fresh kiwis, apples, oranges, and strawberries on hand.
Here’s one of the combinations I’ve had multiple times in the past few days. This recipe makes enough to fill two 16 ounce mason jars. Feel free to make it your own and experiment by using different liquids like fresh juice and different add-ins like chia seeds, ginger, or mint leaves!
- 8-12 ounces of water
- 2 mandarin oranges (or 1 sweet orange)
- 1 cup of berries (strawberries or a mix)
- 1 cup of pineapple
- ½ of a banana
- 2 large handfuls of greens (your choice)
- 1 tsp spirulina (optional)
- 2 Tbsp of flax (optional)
I can’t wait to finish this cleanse and let you guys know if I feel any different. Stay tuned!
What’s your favorite green smoothie combination?
What are your favorite green smoothie add-ins?