We love smoothies in our home.
Making smoothies has become a part of my everyday lifestyle since becoming a mom. I love them because of the sheer convenience. I mean, I get to pack in tons of antioxidants and minerals into my blender, and drink up the goodness while I accomplish one of the thousand things I need to do for the day. It's a beautiful thing!
We love the lifestyle of drinking our fruits, veggies, seeds and more so much that we decided to invite you and your beautiful family in on the fun too! Here's some of the amazing benefits you can expect after our 7 day journey together:
Weight Loss (or weight management)
Better moods (we are what we eat)
Let's... now get into the tips on how you can BOSS this MWH 7 Day Smoothie Challenge!
1. Hold a Family Meeting
Sometimes the hardest part about changing your health for the better is the tribal pressure associated with staying where you are. Have you ever gone to family reunion and you're the only one choosing the salad and salmon and you are looked at like you have a second nose? The subtle (and sometimes not-so-subtle) cues are clear--what are you doing trying to change how it's always been done? That's going to make me uncomfortable. Don't do that! Then, we sabotage our goals to fit in and keep others comfortable. Sigh. Plan around any pushback. Hold a quick family meeting and let your kids, spouse, or whomever else you spend a lot of time with the deal-e-o. You are doing a 7 day challenge, incorporating a healthy smoothie everyday. Ask them to join you. Ask them to hold you accountable. Ask for support!
2. Make Fitness a Family Affair & A Lifestyle
After you've announced your plan to the fam, invite your kids and partner to join in! Get them excited about the idea of making one simple change that leads to a longer life, more joy, and health. Mom, remember--you have power in your household. Your influence is not to be taken for granted; even if they don't join at first, your example will rub off on them. And, my hope is that after these next 7 days, you and your crew make smoothies and healthy living a lifestyle if you have not already. This is our one bodies, after all. Let's take care of them!
3. Reward Yourself
Let your family members know that you all will celebrate once you complete the seven day smoothie challenge! This doesn't have to break the bank. You can get a few toys from the dollar store and surprise them with a "fun basket", or rent your favorite movie and break out the popcorn. You know your kids and partner. Try to get creative and inspire them by reminding them their reward is coming upon completion!
Get all the goodies you'll need to win for the week.
You'll need: bananas, frozen fruit, Greek yogurt, Hemp seeds, chia seeds, spinach,
These are all optional: coconut water, honey (if you need to add sweetness; just use sparingly!), flax oil, and kale. Order everything you need and have your fridge stocked by Sunday. Also, plan what time during the day you'll have your smoothie. For us, the morning time is best, but do what works for you! The recipe is below. :)
5. Pair with a Program
If you want to really maximize your results and you're ready to get toned up, pair our smoothie challenge with a workout program and clean eating meal plan. No, I don't eat clean 100% of the time; but we do make healthy living our lifestyle--eating clean 85% of the time (again, healthy living is a lifestyle for us, and we try to make it sustainable). I'm hosting the NEW MWH Fitness and Lifestyle Challenge and we are starting Monday along with the 7 day smoothie challenge if you're ready to go on beast mode! The challenge comes with full length workouts and much more. But warning: a healthier, happier lifestyle and toned physique will result.
6. Journal Your Progress
Take a photo of yourself Sunday. Ask yourself: how do I feel? How's my energy, confidence, joy? Rate yourself 1-10 (10 being phenomenal). Make little notes throughout the week when you have time. On day seven, take another photo. Update your journal, rating again how you feel from 1-10. Feeling brave? Share it online and tag me! @momswearheels
So are you ready? Let's do this as a community! Be sure to follow me on Instagram, and share your journey so I can re-post your progress and show you some love!
And as promised, here's our recipe!
MWH Green Goddess Smoothie
1 1/2 c water or coconut water
1 c frozen fruit
2 c spinach
1 tbsp chia seeds
3 tbsp hemp seeds
3/4 c Greek yogurt
Blend on high until smooth.
*We get our protein from the hemp seeds and Greek yogurt. Grab organic if you can, if not, no worries!
*If you prefer your smoothie thicker, use less water. Colder? Add ice cubes.
*No, we don't use protein powders. If you want to, go for it!
*We don't consider smoothies a meal replacement. We tend to pair our smoothies with our meals.
*Aim to drink at least 8 ounces or more per smoothie. My smoothies are usually 32 ounces since I'm nursing and need the calories. Feel free to save excess in a tightly covered mason jar for 24 hours.
*Have fun with changing the recipe to fit your needs! Ari, for instance, usually requests a slightly different smoothie with carrots. Be flexible and get creative.
Alright team, here we go! We start Monday!
Cheers to glowing skin, energy for days, long life and health.