A while ago I joined the Simple Green Smoothie 30-Day Challenge – you can read about why I decided to do it here. But now that the challenge is said and done, it’s time to recap. I want to talk about my thoughts on the challenge, as well as if I met my goals that I set up in the first post.
For those of you who have never heard of this challenge before, I highly recommend you check out their site. Basically, the idea is to have a green smoothie (all smoothies include 2 cups of vegetables) every day for 30 days. They send an email at the beginning of the week with all of that week’s recipes and the shopping list. You can also buy all of the recipe cards ahead of time for $5 if you need more time to plan. I chose not to do that since I always go grocery shopping on Sunday anyway.
I will caveat this with one thing – you actually only make smoothies Monday – Friday. My fiancé and I didn’t realize that and messed up the order of the smoothies BADLY.
First, the Good
I loved trying new smoothies all of the time. Even though I really didn’t like some (more on that later), I definitely know now what I do and don’t like in smoothies.
YES: Coconut water and pineapple.
NO: Avocado and peaches.
Of course this probably changes person to person – if you’ve ever tried a green smoothie and NOT liked it, I highly recommend trying this program out! There are a ton of different flavors, so I’m sure you’ll find something you like.
Another surprising benefit was having a “go-to” snack for every day. I sometimes struggle with finding good (healthy and tasty) snacks for work, so having this as a pre-set snack every day worked really well for me. I knew exactly what smoothie I was having, and I knew it would be healthy. It was such a relief to not have to think about it anymore and figure out what to pack (or worse, forget a snack and end up at the vending machine).
Also, having a smoothie on the weekend was AWESOME. As I mentioned above, they don’t actually plan on you drinking the smoothies on the weekend, but that was actually where I saw the most benefit. I usually eat well during the week, and I also usually have another smoothie (more fruit and yogurt based than vegetable based though) every weekday too. So I didn’t really see much added benefit in terms of how I felt during the week. But that first weekend when I accidentally had the smoothies, I felt so much better! It guaranteed that I got at least some fruits and vegetables in. Having a green smoothie is now one of my go-to weekend snacks, especially if I’m going to be traveling or eating out that day.
The most obvious one is that some of the smoothies really didn’t taste good. But that’s also part of the process of figuring out what you do and don’t like in your smoothies, so I guess I shouldn’t really complain.
However, all of the different smoothie types also got expensive. Since we were having a different smoothie every day, we had to buy a lot of different fruits and vegetables and other ingredients, and since I only knew a week ahead of time, I didn’t always know how much to always buy. We now have a giant bag of frozen peaches in the freezer that we don’t even want.
I also didn’t like that you weren’t supposed to drink a smoothie on the weekends. I feel like if something is a 30-day challenge that you should do it for 30 straight days. That’s how you can build a true habit and feel some differences in your body. Also, each smoothie recipe makes two servings, so you need to have a buddy, make half, or drink both. That also means that you’re really only getting one serving of vegetables.
Lastly, and this is a little nit-picky of me, but their emails were not very mobile-optimized. The original emails have the recipes in two columns, but on my phone it changes to one column. This put them all out of order for me. I’d be looking at their instagram and was always so confused on how we were so off on the days. I finally realized what was happening in the middle of the third week. So be warned – look at them on a computer if you want to follow along with their social media!
Here’s a recap of the goals I set:
- Lose Weight
- Get more energy
- Reach 5 servings of vegetables every day
- Get more creative with my smoothie routine
- Connect with a new group on social media! I’m excited to participate in my first ever social-media challenge
Let’s see how I did:
- YES – I actually did lose a little weight, although I’ve been trying to exercise more and eat healther in general, so I don’t know if it was just because of the smoothies
- Kind of? – I defintiely felt better and more energetic on the weekends that I drank them, but it didn’t really imapct me during the week
- No – got closer, but due to it only being one serving instead of two, I definitely still wasn’t at 5 servings of veggies most days!
- YES – That was the best part of this challenge! My favorite recipe was the Tropi-Kale, which I’ve posted below
- No – I was always off on the days because of the emails, and I wasn’t always great about taking pictures and posting them. Oh well!
So 2.5/5 – I’m actually pretty happy with that!
My favorite smoothie: Tropi-Kale!
This is my favorite smoothie recipe, makes 2 servings:
- 1 cup kale
- 1 cup spinach
- 2 cups coconut water
- 2 cups frozen pineapple
- 1 banana
Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. It’s so deliciously tropical – it makes me think I’m sitting on a beach in the Caribbean!
Would I do it again/recommend it?
Would I do it again – probably not, but I would definitely recommend it to others. It’ll definitely help you up your smoothie game.
Did anyone else complete the challenge? What’d you think? If not, what are your favorite green smoothie ingredients? I’d love to hear about it!