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Green Smoothie Prep Packets

Ingredients

For each packet that blends 4 servings each:

  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach in each (freezes very well)

  • 1/2 cup organic sliced strawberries

  • 1/2 cup organic blueberries

  • 1/2 cup blackberries or raspberries

  • 1-2 bananas

  • optional: a handful of organic green grapes

 

Optional 1 Serving Packet:

1/2-1 cup fresh baby spinach leaves

  • 1/4 cup organic sliced strawberries

  • 1/4 cup organic berries of choice

  • 1/2 a banana

Instructions

For each packet that blends 4 servings each:

  • Seal, place packets in FREEZER immediately.

  • When ready to prepare, throw your packet ingredients in a high powered blender.

  • You WILL need to CHOP banana into smaller pieces.

  • Add 2 cups liquid such as ice cold water, coconut milk, almond milk…etc.

  • These are best used within 30 days once frozen.

Optional 1 Serving Packet:

  • Seal, place packets in FREEZER immediately.

  • When ready to prepare, throw your packet ingredients in a high powered blender.

  • You WILL need to CHOP banana into smaller pieces.

  • Add 1 cup liquid such as ice cold water, coconut milk, almond milk…etc.

  • These are best used within 30 days once frozen.

  • ***Mix and match your favorite fruits & greens to create your personal smoothies.

     

Recipe credit cleanfoodcrush.com

12 Amazing Tips You Can Try to Make Drinking Water Less Boring

Tip 1: Add a Spa-Worthy Slice...


Day spas and high-end salons have taken to filling their pitchers with slices you’d usually see resting on eyelids: piles of bright green cucumber . And with good reason. The resulting flavor is refreshing, and refreshingly different. And it may help you in the bedroom: The scent of cucumber has been found to increase vaginal blood flow in women by up to 13 percent, increasing libido.​

 

Tip 2: Make Yourself Feel Bubbly

Grab a bottle of sparkling water for the bubbly feeling of a soft drink without the calories. If it’s too bland, add a twist of lime or a splash of sugar-free fruit juice, says David Jack, director of Teamworks Fitness in Acton, MA . “I love this with cranberry or pomegranate juice,” Jack says. “You can add a few dashes of each of those, and maybe a bit of lemon, lime, or orange rind.” Try different combinations to keep things interesting, or to find your signature seltzer refresher.

Tip 3: Tea Time

Choose any of the innumerable varieties of teas and herbal drinks, not only to stay hydrated, but also to reap piles of benefit for your body. Black tea contains catechins, flavonoids that can improve cardiovascular health and may help prevent cancer. Green tea lowers your risk of heart disease, reduces your risk of lung cancer, and can help your body burn fat more easily—the polyphenols in the tea appear to work with caffeine to increase calorie burn.

And take advantage of herbal teas’ many properties. Sage tea can help with excessive perspiration. Chamomile can help control blood pressure, and ease digestion and gas. Ginger tea can soothe your stomach and ease arthritis pain.

Tip 4: Bubble Some Broth Instead

Warm up in winter with a vegetable or chicken broth, or a light soup, says Jack. “Broth is a great hydrator, and you’re getting all those nutrients—vitamins from the vegetables, and protein from the chicken, if you add it,” he says.

Tip 5: Go Herbal

You don’t have to brew herbs to enjoy their flavor. Add powdered or freshly sliced ginger, bruised mint leaves, or lemongrass to amp up your H2O . Or go floral. Lavender and rose hips are loaded with vitamin C and may help ease arthritis pain.

Tip 6: Make It Fruity

You’ve tried lemon and lime. Time to diversify: Add antioxidants found in sliced berries, suggests Devon Metz, founder of Fit Health Into Life in Boulder, CO. Or try what’s on sale or in season: cherries, mango, pineapple, oranges, watermelon—anything to add flavor, vitamins, and antioxidants. Can’t get fresh fruit? Just as with seltzer, try a splash—a quarter cup or less—of fruit juice for flavor with few calories.

Tip 7: Change Up Your Cubes

Freeze some fruit juice into ice cubes to add flavor that releases slowly in your water. Or drop some fresh berries or sliced grapes into your ice cube trays, or use frozen berries as if they were cubes. Changing just the texture of your cubes can create a new experience, if not taste, says Jack. So trade cubed for crushed, or vice versa.

Tip 8: Make It Sassy

As part of the best-selling Flat Belly Diet, dieters stay hydrated with this stomach-soothing recipe for Sassy Water. It combines fresh ginger, cucumber, lemon, and spearmint for a belly-pleasing (and slimming) cocktail.

Tip 9: Eat Something Instead

If you’re on a diet, fill up with a tall glass of water in place of more food. Or “eat more fruit,” says Alan Aragon, MS, a nutritionist in Westlake Village, CA. “Fruits are 80 to 90% water, and you’re getting a bunch of good nutrition that people tend to miss in their diets—potassium, fiber, folate, vitamin A, vitamin C.” Vegetables will do the trick too. Aragon suggests a salad of tomatoes, onions, lettuce, cucumbers, and other water-rich greens.

Tip 10: Sip Less Often

If downing water all day is what bores you, try treating it as a meal—or, better yet, three meals, says Aragon. “Have three square water meals per day. Drink water to comfortable fullness three times daily,” he says. On colder days, it might be less; on warmer days, more. But comfortable fullness should be enough to stay hydrated. “And this will lower the amount of calories you eat for roughly an hour afterward.”

Tip 11: Sip More Often

If you’re working out, says Aragon, sip slowly throughout your sweat session. If you go to the water fountain briefly between each exercise, you’ll drink plenty for the day. Or bring your own bottle of water to the gym.

Tip 12: Switch It Up

Simply change the way you drink water—out of a glass instead of a bottle, for example—says Jack. Or drink it at a different temperature. “If you change the temperature, you can change the experience, and that can be enough,” Jack says. Plus, “cold water takes longer to drink.” If you want to down it faster—to get your water-intake over with—drink it at room temperature instead of icy cold.

 

Courtesty Greg Presto

Have A New Recipe To Share?

  • Fruit and LOTS of it!

  • Wheat Thins - They have lots of great flavors like sun dried tomato basil, chili cheese & zesty salsa

  • Peanut Butter & Banana sandwiches

  • Guacamole

  • A hand full of dried nuts, like peanuts, pecans, walnuts and pistachio's.  Almonds, give you energy!

  • Celery topped with peanut butter

  • A green apple and a few ounces of cheddar cheese

  • 2 Hard boiled eggs

  • Plain Greek Yogurt, topped with fruit like bananas or mandarin oranges (in natural juice) or strawberries

  • Fruit smoothies

  • Humus & Pita Chips (Roasted red pepper flavor is amazing!)

  • Mini Rice Cakes topped with cream cheese, then topped with a few pieces of fruit like a banana, strawberries, bluberries or kiwi

Snack Ideas

Week 3: January 18th - 22nd

No Meats, No Sweets,

No Junk Food, No Fast Food