30 Day Smoothie Challenge

Hi Friends! I hope that you are having a good week! So as some of you know I was participating in a smoothie challenge with my sister and I wanted to share how it went! 

This smoothie challenge is by Be Well By Kelley, the challenge can be found here: http://bewellbykelly.com/recent-posts/

There were two main things that needed to be done every day to complete the challenge, have one of Kelly's smoothies and get 30 active minutes a day.  Now these active minutes couldn't be split up they needed to be consecutive and this is how the smoothie had to be made:

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PROTEIN+ FAT+ FIBER + GREENS + LIQUID + FRUIT (1/4 cup or less optional) 
PROTEIN:  1 serving or 20 g of protein Organic pea, grassfed whey, bone broth or collagen
FAT: 1 tbsp. minimum per serving Almond Butter, Coconut oil, Avocado, Walnuts, MCT Oil – flavorless medium chain triglyceride oil from coconut or Sunflower butter
FIBER: 1-2 tbsp or 10 g of fiber  Chia Seeds, Flax or  Acacia. 
GREENS:  handful Kale, Spinach, Cucumber, Parsley, Cilantro etc
OPTIONAL FRUIT: ¼ cup maximum per serving Blueberries, Raspberries, Strawberries, Acai
LIQUID: 6-8 oz per serving Unsweetened Almond Milk, Coconut Water (only acceptable for fruit free smoothies) Coconut Milk, Plain Water

This ladies and gentlemen are not your tropical smoothie lets just make that clear now. There are smoothie recipes available online, and more through her book which my sister had. The whole thought process on the smoothie is that you should have enough nutrients in the smoothie that you shouldn't eat until lunch.  There also is enough fat, protein, and fiber to keep you full and not enough sugar to spike your blood sugar. 

So how did I do?

I made it through 20 days of the smoothie challenge.  I couldn't do it all week, I had to allow myself some days to just eat normal food. At first, I felt really full, but some days I wasn't working out in the morning and it was a lot to try to drink a whole smoothie right when I wake up.  Because this smoothie is made with so much liquid and not a lot of frozen items it separated QUICKLY. But I do have to say that from now on when I make smoothies I will take this idea with me, a little less fruit, more almond milk and the incorporation of protein, fiber and fat. 

The working out? I was able to get in 6 days a week of active time. I had to give myself one day off because I'm an all or nothing girl and usually if I miss one day, I quit.  I wanted to set myself up for success but hey, life happens too.  Overall I really liked the idea of 30 active consecutive minutes. I walk to work from my parking garage and get 30 minutes that way some days but not consecutive. This changed my thinking a little about working out and I really liked this. 

So whats the takeaway?

I'm going to be honest, I liked the smoothies for like 4 days and then I hated it. I get the theory of staying full longer, but some days I just couldn't get the smoothie down and I was hungry in two hours. But I think I learned what to put in my smoothie to make them better for me. 

I realIy liked the exercise part of things, I am still trying to continue that challenge.  Even if my 30 minutes is just walking.  Im learning its important to move my body every day. 

Here are some of the recipes I did enjoy:

Pancake Party Be Well Smoothie

  • 1 Serving Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1-2 tbsp Nut Butter
  • 1 serving Raw Fiber Powder
  • 1/3 Banana (optional)
  • 2-3 cups Nutmilk
  • 1 tbsp Maple Syrup (to top)

BLUEBERRY MUFFIN

  • 1 Serving Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 2 tbsp of Any Nut Butter of choice
  • 1 Serving Raw Fiber Powder or 2 Tbsp Chia 
  • 1/4 cup Blueberries
  • 2 cups Nut Milk
  • Blueberries & Hemp Seeds to top

ALMOND BUTTER & RASPBERRY JAM

  • 1 Serving Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 2 tbsp Peanut Butter
  • 1 tbsp Fiber (Chia or Flax Seeds to thicken)
  • 1/4 c. Raspberries
  • Nut Milk (Almond) 

Peanut Butter Cacao Nib Smoothie

  • 1 serving vanilla protein powder
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter (or almond butter)
  • 1-2 tbsp chia 
  • 2 c unsweetened nut milk
  • 1 tsp cacao nibs

What do you guys think? Are you going to try the challenge? My advise would be have a friend do it with you and send photos of your smoothie every day.  Thats what my sister and I did!