In my quest to lose weight there was one particular food that was a challenge for me to stay away from, and that my friends, was pasta. I was never much of a meat-eater, or a veggie-lover growing up, but I was most definitely a pasta-holic. I could eat them plain, and in large quantities and mixing pasta with cheese (Kraft Dinner anyone?) was a deadly combination for me. I was simply addicted to this starchy food, and it was a challenge to keep me away from pasta so I could shed some pounds. Then I heard about veggie pasta, a guilt-free way to enjoy a bowl of “pasta” and sauce without feeling bloated afterwards.
Weight loss is a frustrating ordeal, something I am sure most of us are aware of if you’ve tried to lose weight. Those pounds are stubborn and it feels like the scale is never going to budge. You’ve tried everything you could possibly think of but nothing is working, so you feel like giving up. But weight-loss is not just about changing your food, but I have learned from my own journey that it is just as important to change your attitude! I could go into the usual details of what you should be doing if you want to shed the extra pounds, such as exercising more, eating less junk food, eating more greens, eating smaller portion sizes and so on. However, none of those tips are helpful if you don’t change your attitude first.
As I’m writing this, the sun is shining and it’s mighty hot out there! With the humidity it feels like 38 C, and that’s plenty hot enough by Canadian standards. Summer is definitely here and whipping up a green smoothie is a great way to cool off, while at the same time getting ample nutrition.
Now you may ask, what exactly is in a green smoothie?
The answer: leafy green vegetables and fruits.
I know that the prospect of putting in spinach or swiss chard in a smoothie would turn off even the most adventurous food-lovers, but think of it as a super healthy version of a V8 drink. Trust me when I say, you are not sacrificing taste in a green smoothie at all!