Has anyone else seen the movie “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead”?
It got me off my butt… well actually just long enough to grab my credit card and back on to the computer to buy a fancy schmancy Vitamix blender so I could start changing my diet.
In the documentary, they use juicers to lose an astonishingly amazing amount of weight, and also clear themselves of certain diseases and disorders. I was intrigued. I’m fat. I’m sick (I have PCOS and painful endometriosis) and while I am hopefully not anywhere nearly dead… there are days chasing two babies around I certainly feel that way.
I decided I’d try it out- albeit a little differently- and eat way more fruits and veg than I ever had (I’m still eating healthy dinners focused on lean protein that are primarily grain free, and snacking on almonds/seeds when the kids have me ready to drop… I felt too weak doing just juice to still be a good mom to two kids under 2 1/2).
While pure juicing seems like an awesome idea, we’re not really in the position to buy so much produce and not use it all, so we opted for a blender instead of a juicer. I also wanted my son, who has digestive issues and a possible gluten sensitivity, to get all the fiber pulp and seeds have to offer… so it seemed like a good fit. And since our blender was closer to dead than I am, I decided to invest in one that was probably far too expensive- the dual speed Vitamix- but I am beyond happy as it makes chopping even rock hard beets into a perfect liquid a job that only takes seconds.
So as an awesome, healthy and nutrient packed alternative to the delicious but super fattening, artificially colored and weirdly minty shamrock shakes I’ve seen all over Pinterest, I decided to make a Shamrock Smoothie that will help you melt the fat, not add it on.
And yes, it really IS delicious… even my super picky 2 year old drank his share right up!
Ok, so enough with the backstory, eh? On to the recipe:
-1 yellow beet, skin peeled off
-1/4 pineapple, peeled and woody core removed
-1 orange, peel removed
-1 bananna, peeled
-handful frozen peaches, or a fresh peach- sans pit
-handful of kale
-handful of spinach
-a few fresh mint sprigs, optional
-5-8 ice cubes
-8 oz cold water
-if you have an extremely picky child, you can “cut” this smoothie with an ounce or two of organic, no sugar added pineapple juice for a sweeter sipper.
Chuck ’em all in the blender, set it to high, and when you don’t see any more small flecks, it’s done! If you don’t have a heavy duty, strong blender, you might want to chop your beets into thin slices, and pre-chop the kale. Also, you can strain out excess pulp/fibrous bits with a nut milk bag or cheesecloth for a smoother juice.
This batch will feed up to 3 people… or you can sip throughout the morning and early afternoon like I do- just toss your blender insert in the fridge in between servings of breakfast and lunch!
So far I’ve only been on my new diet a few days, but I am loving it. I’ve lost quite a few pounds (I know it is water weight this early, but with PCOS it can be hard to lose ANY weight, water or fat), and my appetite, which was out of control, has been curbed way back. Eating fiber all day really helps fill you up and give you energy! And… big bonus… my hair seems healthier and my skin is much more radiant since I started. Hooray vitamins!!
Do you blend/juice? What are your favorite combos?