January 2014 Productivity Challenge ~ What can you accomplish in 31 days?

2014 Productivity ChallengeDo you have a project that you have been meaning to work on? Do you have a linen closet that needs straightening? A wardrobe that needs to be organized or items donated that no longer fit? A guest room that looks more like a junk room? How about a pantry, cabinets, or drawers that need some attention? Well, I have a challenge for you!

Last New Year’s Day I launched “Produce with Amy” to serve many purposes. Ultimately, I wanted to share my healthy recipes with the world, but I also wanted to keep myself accountable to eating more fresh fruit and vegetables. I knew that this would serve my health well and that a diet rich in nutrients would propel me to be more productive. Guess what? It worked.

For the month of January 2014, I challenge my friends to be PRODUCTIVE. If you want to participate all that you have to do is pick a number of minutes each day to work on a project. It may be as little as 10 minutes or as long as 60. Set a timer and get to work and when the timer goes off you are done for the day. I guarantee you will be pleased with the results after 31 days. I know that this challenge will help inspire me to do some household chores after a long and exhausting day at work.

I will post a thread each morning on my Facebook page and to stay more accountable we can post what we accomplished in our daily time-frame. If it is a large project (like a guest room) you may want to take before and after photos to help celebrate your victory.

I hope that you join me in celebrating Produce with Amy’s One Year Anniversary with a burst of productivity. Please share this post with others who may be interested in joining us. Thank you and Happy New Year. I wish you health, peace, and plenty of laughter.
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New Year’s Green Smoothie Challenge ~ 31 Days of Printable Recipes and Shopping Lists

“Make New Year’s goals. Dig within, and discover what you would like to have happen in your life this year. This helps you do your part. It is an affirmation that you’re interested in fully living life in the year to come.”
~Melody Beattie

January Green Smoothie Challenge

In December I decided to jump-start my New Year by asking others to join me in a Green Smoothie Challenge. While I was already drinking one green smoothie a day for breakfast, I was in a bit a of rut and was often drinking the same combination over-and-over. I confess that I was a bit intimidated when requests started coming in for recipes and shopping lists, but once the posts were complete, I felt a sense of accomplishment. Since I had many requests for a January Green Smoothie Challenge, here are all the December recipes and shopping lists compiled into one post.

December Green Smoothie Challenge

To those who are new to green smoothies, my recommendation is always to start by adding a small amount of greens. Spinach is naturally sweet and you won’t believe how good it tastes. A frozen banana is key because it gives the smoothie sweetness and makes it creamy. When I started making green smoothies over five years ago I would buy a couple of bunches of bananas a week and when they would get ripe I would peel and toss into a bowl or bag in the freezer. Now I do not put bananas in all of my smoothies because I try to be mindful of fruit that is high in sugar and often I drink a couple green smoothies a day. In a post dating back to June I shared how I first discovered green smoothies after my husband suffered a brain hemorrhage. Click here to read the post.Green Smoothie

Experiment with your favorite fruit. I have tried tons of different combinations and often tossing in what I have on hand. Frozen fruit works well and makes the smoothie cold (though you can add ice as well). I try to stick to seasonal fruit so my smoothies often have a completely different combination of ingredients in the summer.

I tend to be a green smoothie “purist” and normally stick with water (regular water or coconut water), fruit, chia seeds, and greens. Though in these recipes I do add some light coconut milk to a few of the smoothies. The chia seeds make it filling and are a great source of calcium, protein, and Omega-3. Though, many of my Weight Watchers members add yogurt, milk and dairy-free milks, and even healthy oils to their green smoothies to help meet their Good Health Guidelines.Green Smoothie by Produce with Amy

The smoothies are a great way to fortify your iron and breaking down the cell walls of the greens makes it easier for our bodies to absorb the nutrients. My husband Mike and I both drink one for breakfast and find them really filling and satisfying. I love them and I think they give me an important boost of energy in the morning!

If you do not have a high-powered blender I recommend blending up the greens and liquid first and then adding the fruit (cut up in small pieces) a little bit at a time. When you freeze your bananas you will want to slice or break them into small chunks. This may not be as easy as dumping cold cereal and milk in a bowl, but I promise that it is worth your labor!

Green Smoothie by Produce with AmyWeight Watchers members may wonder how to count the PP for the green smoothies. Personally, I do not count the PP of the fruit in my smoothies and only count the things I add that would carry a PP value (chia seeds, coconut water, avocado). Though, if you run the smoothie through the Recipe Builder, it will give you a PP value (once a fruit or vegetable is not in its natural state it is easier to over-eat). I always like to mention at my meetings that the danger of smoothies are that they may bypass our bodies hunger signals. However, I do not have this problem with green smoothies. I take a long time to sip my smoothie in the morning and it really satisfies me until I can have a morning snack at around 10:00-10:30. I attribute this to the fact that the smoothies are full of fiber and the chia seeds make them especially filling.

If you drink daily green smoothies I recommend that you rotate your greens to avoid theLayered Tropical Dream Green Smoothie buildup of alkaloids. Please read more about this in my Week #2 December Green Smoothie post. In this post I also discuss how fresh ginger root helps mask the grassy flavor of greens that have a stronger taste. If I desire a sweeter tasting smoothie I like to use frozen banana, dates, maple syrup, or raw honey. I suggest experimenting with different combinations until you find your favorite. Raw ginger also helps promote digestion as do parsley and cilantro (which is why I like to incorporate them in my recipes).

Here are the month’s worth of shopping lists and recipes (You will find a printable version at the end).

January Green Smoothie Challenge by Produce with AmyProduce with Amy ~ New Year Green Smoothie Challenge ~ 4 Week Shopping List

If you do not enjoy the listed fruit or berries, substitute with your favorite. The amount of fruit and greens you put into each smoothie will vary depending on your personal taste. I recommend that those who are new to green smoothies add a small amount of greens at first and go heavy on the fruit. You will find that the more smoothies you drink the more greens and less fruit you can start blending. If you prefer more fruit in your smoothies, you may find yourself running out during the week and other may find some left that you can incorporate into the next week’s green smoothies.

I suggest that you choose the ripest bananas that you can find. Peel and cut into pieces and toss in the freezer in a bag or bowl.

Week One:

  • Spinach (3 ~ nine ounce bags of spinach)
  • Bananas (5-7)
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 fresh pineapple
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 limes
  • 1 ~ twelve ounce bag of frozen mango (or 2 fresh)
  • 1 ~ twelve ounce bag of frozen raspberries (or 2 containers of fresh)
  • 1 ~ twelve ounce bag of frozen cherries
  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • 1 bunch of cilantro
  • Fresh ginger root
  • Coconut water (optional ~(regular water works fine but there are many health benefits to drinking coconut water. It can often be found in the Latin food or heath food section of the supermarket. I usually buy one large can per two green smoothies…or a couple liter containers).
  • Chia seeds (you may also use flax or hemp seeds)

Week Two:

  • 2 (9 ounce bags) of spinach
  • 1 bunch of kale (or an alternate green.)
  • 1 bunch of cilantro
  • 5-7 ripe bananas (peel and freeze)
  • 1 pineapple (unless you have some left from last week. You will need 2 cups)
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 orange
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 Granny Smith apple
  • 1 pear
  • Celery
  • Frozen mixed berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries ~ or similar mix)
  • Fresh ginger root
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Vanilla extract
  • Can of pumpkin
  • 2 cans of light coconut milk (often found in the Asian food section)
    *Optional Ingredients
  •  Molasses (used as flavoring in one of the smoothies)
  •  Coconut flakes (used as a garnish for couple of the smoothies)
  • Chia seeds (some people add hemp seeds or flax-seeds)
  • Coconut water

Week Three:

  • 2 bunches of kale, 2 bunches of turnip greens (or greens of your choice)
  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • 1 bunch of cilantro
  • 1 bag of frozen peaches (could substitute mangos or pineapple)
  • 1 bag of frozen raspberries
  • 1 bag of frozen blueberries
  • 5-7 ripe bananas (peel and freeze)
  • Celery
  • 1 kiwi
  • 1 orange
  • 1 apple (any variety)
  • 1 pear
  • 2 avocado
  • 2 lemons
  • 3 limes
  • Fresh ginger root
  • Cinnamon
  • Vanilla extract
    *Optional Ingredients
  • In place of the banana to sweeten the smoothie you may opt for medjool dates (or even chopped dates) or raw honey (or rotate sweeteners day-to-day)
  • Coconut flakes (used as a garnish for couple of the smoothies)
  • Chia seeds (I add these to my smoothies each day. Some people add hemp seeds or flax-seeds)
  • Coconut water (regular water works fine but there are many health benefits to drinking coconut water. It can often be found in the Latin food or heath food section of the supermarket. I usually buy one large can per two green smoothies…or a couple liter containers).

Week Four:

  • Greens (I suggest a combination of greens ~ spinach, turnip greens, kale, chard, carrot tops, beet greens, or spring mix and dark green lettuces) Since the week #4 recipes are for 10 days, you may want to buy enough for the first five-7 days and purchase more mid-week.
  • Bananas (plan for ½-1 banana per smoothie, unless you plan to sweeten with honey, dates, or another sweetener)
  • Celery
  • Frozen strawberries
  • Frozen mango
  • Bag of fresh cranberries
  • 3 kiwi
  • 1 red apple
  • 1 green apple
  • 1 pear
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 pomegranate (if you do not have a Vitamix or a high-speed blender you may want to buy a high quality pomegranate juice
  • 2 grapefruit
  • 4 limes and 1 lemon
  • Parsley and/or cilantro
  • 1 can light coconut milk
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
    *Optional ~ chia, hemp, or flax seeds and coconut water

RECIPES:

*If you plan on drinking your smoothies in the morning you may prep your smoothies the night before. Sometimes when I know I am going to be in a time pinch in the morning I blend the night before. Each recipe should render  3-4 cups (depending on how much greens and fruit that you add). I often make to make extra (or leave a little) for a mid-day snack. If you are using fresh, and not frozen fruit, I suggest adding a few ice cubes or chill your smoothie in the refrigerator.

WEEK ONE:

Day #1: Sunday Energizer Smoothie 

  • 3-4 cups of spinach (more or less for one’s personal taste.)
  • 1/2 a cucumber
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup of raspberries
  • 1/2 cup of mango
  • 1 Tablespoons Chia Seeds (I add one Tablespoon per green smoothie that I am making. It is recommended to soak chia seeds. I do not soak mine since I have a high-powered blender and my smoothie often sits for  5-10 minutes before drinking. You could also stir into your smoothie before blending)
  • 1 inch piece of peeled fresh ginger (since it is strong-tasting you might try to add a little at a time)
  • 1 cup of coconut juice (or water)

Day #2: Sunrise Green Smoothie 

  • 3 cups of spinach or greens of choice
  • 1/2 cup of pineapple
  • 1/2 cup of mango
  • Juice of 1/2 a lime
  • 1 Tablespoon of chia seeds
  • 1 cup coconut water

(I find that the mango and pineapple is so sweet that I do not add a banana. However, you could add one or 1/2 a banana)

Day #3: Cherry Limeade Green Smoothie 

  • 3 cups of spinach
  • 1 lime & zest
  • 1 cup of cherries
  • 1/2-1 frozen banana (more if you want the smoothie sweeter)
  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
  • Fresh peeled ginger root to taste.
  • 1 cup of coconut water or regular water

Day #4: Glowing Green Smoothie

  • 3 cups spinach
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1/2 cup of pineapple
  • 1/2 cup of mango
  • Cilantro (to taste)
  • Banana (optional)
  • 1 Teaspoon of chia seeds
  • 1 cup of coconut water or regular water

Day #5: Raspberry & Pineapple Passion Green Smoothie

  • 3 cups spinach
  • 1/2 cup of raspberries
  • 1/2 cup of pineapple
  • 1/2-1 banana
  • Parsley (approximately ¼ cup)
  • 1 Teaspoon of chia seeds
  • 1 cup of coconut water or regular water

Day #6: Cherry Blast Green Smoothie

  • 3 cups spinach
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 3/4-1 cup of cherries
  • 1/2-1 banana
  • Fresh peeled ginger root to taste
  • 1 Teaspoon of chia seeds
  • 1/2 lime and zest
  • 1 cup of coconut water or regular water

Day #7: Mango Madness Green Smoothie (or “Leftovers” Green Smoothie)

  • 3 cups spinach
  • 1 cup of mango
  • 1/2 – 1 Banana
  • 1 Teaspoon of chia seeds
  • Parsley or cilantro (or both) depending what you have left
  • 1 cup of coconut water or regular water

For day #7 you may want to repeat one of your favorites from the week or toss in what you have leftover in ingredients from the week.

WEEK TWO:

Day #8:  Jamaican Dream Green Smoothie

  • 3-4 cups of spinach
  • 1/2 – 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup of pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup of pineapple
  • 1/2 cup of light canned coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 Tablespoon Molasses (since molasses is very strong-tasting you may want to add a little at a time)
  • Garnish with shredded coconut and nutmeg
  • 1/2 – 1 cup of coconut water (or regular water)

Day #9: Berry Blast Green Smoothie

  •  1/3 of a bunch of kale
  • 1/2 – 1 banana
  • 1/2 bunch of cilantro (to taste)
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 3/4 cup of mixed berries
  • Fresh ginger root to taste (peeled)
  • 1 cup of water (or coconut water)

Day #10: Lean & Green Smoothie

  • 2-3 cups of spinach
  • 1/2 cup of pineapple
  • 1 Granny Smith Apple (if it is organic, leave on the peel)
  • 1/2 cucumber (if it is organic leave on the peel)
  • 1/2 avocado
  • Juice and zest of one lemon (1/2 if you want it less tart)
  • 1/2 bunch of cilantro (to taste)
  • Optional ~ banana (if you want it more sweet. I leave it out. You could also add another 1/2 cup of pineapple for sweetness)
  • 1 cup of water

Day #11: Berry Bliss Green Smoothie

  • 1/3 of a bunch of kale
  • 1/2-1 banana
  • 1 cup of mixed berries
  • 1/2 cup of light canned coconut milk
  • *Optional ~ ginger root to taste
  • 1/2 – 1 cup of water

Day #12: Autumn Harvest Green Smoothie

  • 3-4 cups of spinach
  • ¾ – 1 cup of pumpkin
  • 1 pear
  • Ginger root (to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup canned light coconut milk
  • ½ – 1 cup of water
  • *Optional ~ banana (depending on how sweet you want it to be)

Day #13: Pina Colada Green Smoothie

  • 3-4 cups of spinach
  • 1 cup of pineapple
  • ½ – 1 banana
  • ½ cup of light canned coconut milk
  • ½ cup of coconut water or regular water
  • Garnish with coconut

Day #14: Citrus Fusion Green Smoothie

  • 1/3 bunch of kale
  • 1 orange (zest for extra flavor)
  • 1/2 – 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup of light canned coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1/2 – 1 cup of coconut water or regular water

WEEK THREE:

Day #15: Blue Boost Green Smoothie

  • 3 – 4 – cups of your greens of choice
  • 1/2 – 1 cup of blueberries
  • 1/2 – 1 avocado
  • Raw honey/dates/ or banana for sweetness
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon (or to taste)
  • 1 cup of coconut water/or water
    *Optional ~ 1-2 Tablespoons of chia seeds
    *Optional ~ garnish wish shredded coconut

Day #16: Peach-Raspberry Zinger Green Smoothie

  • 3 – 4 cups of your greens of choice
  • 1/2 cup of raspberries
  • 1/2 cup of peaches
  • Juice and zest of 1 lime
  • Cilantro (to taste)
  • Fresh ginger root, peeled (to taste)
  • Raw honey/dates/ or banana
  • 1 cup of coconut water or water
    *Optional ~ 1- 2 Tablespoons of chia seeds

Day #17: Blueberry Twist Green Smoothie

  • 3 -4 cups of your greens of choice
  • 1 cup of blueberries
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • Raw honey/dates/or banana
  • 1 cup coconut water or water
    *Optional ~ 1-2 Tablespoons of chia seeds

Day #18: Spicy Apple-Berry Green Smoothie

  • 3 -4 cups of your greens of choice
  • 1/2 cup of raspberries
  • 1/2 cup of blueberries
  • 1 apple (if organic leave the peel)
  • Fresh ginger root, peeled (to taste)
  • Cinnamon (to taste)
  • Parsley or cilantro (to taste)
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • Raw honey/dates/or banana
  • 1 cup coconut water or water
    *Optional ~ 1-2 Tablespoons of chia seeds

Day #19: Luscious Green Smoothie

  • 3 -4 cups of your greens of choice
  • 1/2 cup of peaches
  • 1 pear
  • 1 rib of celery
  • 1/2 – 1 avocado
  • Parsley or cilantro (to taste)
  • Fresh ginger root, peeled (to taste)
  • Juice and zest of 1 lime
  • Raw honey/dates/or banana
  • 1 cup coconut water or water
  • Optional ~ 1-2 Tablespoons of chia seeds

Day #20: Orange & Blue Blossom Green Smoothie

  • 3 -4 cups of your greens of choice
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup of blueberries
  • 1 orange (and zest)
  • Raw honey/dates/or banana
  • Cinnamon to taste
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup coconut water or water
    *Optional ~ 1-2 Tablespoons of chia seeds

Day #21: Flourishing Green Smoothie

  • 3 -4 cups of your greens of choice
  • 1/2 cup of peaches
  • 1/2 – 1 avocado
  • 1 kiwi
  • Parsley or cilantro (to taste)
  • Fresh ginger root, peeled (to taste)
  • Juice and zest of 1 lime
  • Raw honey/dates/or banana
  • 1 cup coconut water or water
    *Optional ~ 1-2 Tablespoons of chia seeds

WEEK #4:

Day #22: Tropical Dream Green Smoothie

  • 3 – 4 – cups of your greens of choice
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup of mango
  • 1/2 cup of strawberries
  • Cilantro or parsley to taste
  • Lime juice and zest (to taste. I like to use the whole lime but you may want ½)
  • ½ cup of light coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup of coconut water/or water
    *Optional ~ 1-2 Tablespoons of chia seeds/flax seeds/or hemp seeds

Day #23:  Apple Pie Green Smoothie

  • 3 – 4 cups of your greens of choice
  • 1 red apple
  • 1 banana
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of light coconut milk
  • ½ cup of coconut water or water
  • Cinnamon & nutmeg to taste
    *Optional ~ 1- 2 Tablespoons of chia seeds/flax seeds/or hemp seeds

Day #24: Sweet Tart Green Smoothie

  • 3 -4 cups of your greens of choice
  • 1/2 cup of cranberries
  • 1 pear
  • 1 rib of celery
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • Raw honey/dates/or banana
  • 1 cup coconut water or water
    *Optional ~ 1-2 Tablespoons of chia seeds/flax seeds/or hemp seeds

Day #25: Strawberry Kiwi Holiday

  • 3 -4 cups of your greens of choice
  • 1 cup of strawberries
  • 2 kiwi
  • Fresh ginger root, peeled (to taste)
  • Raw honey/dates/or banana
  • 1 cup coconut water or water
    *Optional ~ 1-2 Tablespoons of chia seeds/flax seeds/or hemp seeds

 Day #26: Citrus Sunshine Green Smoothie

  • 3 -4 cups of your greens of choice
  • 1 orange
  • ½ or whole grapefruit
  • Parsley or cilantro (to taste)
  • Fresh ginger root, peeled (to taste)
  • Juice and zest of 1 lime
  • Raw honey/dates/or banana
  • 1 cup coconut water or water
    *Optional ~ 1-2 Tablespoons of chia seeds/flax seeds/or hemp seeds

Day #27: Persephone’s Envy Green Smoothie

  • 3 -4 cups of your greens of choice
  • 1/2 pomegranate (or ½ cup of juice)
  • 3/4 cup of mango
  • 1 rib of celery
  • Avocado (1/2 or whole)
  • Raw honey/dates/or banana
  • 1 cup coconut water or water
    *Optional ~ 1-2 Tablespoons of chia seeds/flax seeds/or hemp seeds

Day #28: Sip of Summer Green Smoothie

  • 3 -4 cups of your greens of choice
  • 1/2 cup of strawberries
  • 1/2 cup of mango
  • Parsley or cilantro (to taste)
  • Raw honey/dates/or banana
  • 1 cup coconut water or water
    *Optional ~ 1-2 Tablespoons of chia seeds/flax seeds/or hemp seeds

Day #29: Sea Breeze Green Smoothie

  • 3 -4 cups of your greens of choice
  • 1/2 cup of cranberries
  • 1/2 cup of pomegranate
  • ½ or whole grapefruit
  • Raw honey/dates/or banana
  • 1 cup coconut water or water
    *Optional ~ 1-2 Tablespoons of chia seeds/flax seeds/or hemp seeds

Day #30: Glistening Green Smoothie

  • 3 -4 cups of your greens of choice
  • 1 kiwi
  • 1 green apple
  • 1 rib of celery
  • Avocado (1/2 or whole)
  • Parsley or cilantro ~ or both (to taste)
  • Ginger root (to taste)
  • Raw honey/dates/or banana
  • 1 cup coconut water or water
    *Optional ~ 1-2 Tablespoons of chia seeds/flax seeds/or hemp seeds


Day #31: Celebration Green Smoothie

  • 3 -4 cups of your greens of choice
  • 1 orange
  • 1/2 cup of cranberries
  • Ginger root to taste
  • Cinnamon to taste
  • 1/2 cup of light coconut milk
  • Raw honey/dates/or banana
  • 1/2 cup coconut water or water
    *Optional ~ 1-2 Tablespoons of chia seeds/flax seeds/or hemp seeds

Printable Shopping Lists and Recipes:
New Year Green Smoothie Challenge ~ 4 Week Shopping List
New Year Green Smoothie Challenge ~ 4 Weeks of Recipes

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Thank you so much for reading and sharing this healthy journey with me. By drinking a green smoothie a day we are giving our healthy New Year’s resolutions a running start. I plan to continue drinking them on a daily basis and I promise to share my favorite combinations. Please share your favorites with me (in either a comment on a post or on my Produce with Amy Facebook Page). Cheers to a productive and healthy 2014! Together we will thrive.

A goal without a plan is just a wish...

 

Three Bean Vegetarian Chili

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”
― John Steinbeck

Three Bean Vegetarian Chili

As a Weight Watchers leader I often encourage my members to experiment with vegetarian or Vegan recipes. Not only do those who practice a plant-based diet know how to find alternative and filling sources of protein, but often plant-based recipes use healthy spices and herbs for flavor.This chili recipe is one that I have shared with my WW members for years and I always mention, that if desired, they can always add meat. However, many of my WW friends report back that they loved the recipe without meat (and often so do their meat-loving spouses). While my husband Mike will eat meat-free meals, I often make a double or triple batch of this chili and I do sometimes add meat to his. This recipe is packed with flavor and it freezes well. Today after finishing off the pot that I made last week I added ingredients to my shopping list and I will be making a double-batch this weekend and will add many servings to my rotation of soup in the freezer. Having soup/chili on hand is essential to our meal plan and it guarantees that we always have a quick and homemade dinner or lunch in a pinch.

Not only is this chili satisfying and full of fiber and protein, but it is also easy on the pocketbook. While you can use canned beans that you purchase at the market, I suggest buying dry and cooking your own. I make the beans in bulk and freeze. One pot renders approximately fifteen cups and for WW members it comes out to a mere 2 PP per cup. While it is fantastic alone, sometimes I like to add a dollop of plant-based sour cream, chopped green onions, fresh cilantro, whole wheat pasta or quinoa, and/or a squeeze of fresh lime juice to perk up the flavor even more.

Three Bean Vegetarian Chili with Side Salad

Today I had a bowl for lunch and I added a side salad with romaine lettuce, a slice of avocado, pomegranate, pickled jalapeno, avocado vinaigrette dressing, a dash of taco sauce, lime wedges, and grapefruit segments. What a perfect winter lunch.

THREE BEAN VEGETARIAN CHILIThree Bean Vegetarian Chili ~ Healthy & Hearty Comfort Food

  • 3 cups of tomatoes
  • 1 cup tomato juice 
  • 1 cup of chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 cup chopped celery   
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup of corn
  • 3 minced cloves of garlic  
  • 1 cup white beans (cooked)
  • 1 cup black beans (cooked)
  • 1 cup kidney beans (cooked)  
  • 1 small can diced green chilies   
  • 1 Tbsp  ground cumin  
  • 1 Tbsp ground coriander
  • 1 Tbsp dried oregano     
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder, (Add as much for desired heat.)   
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions

Saute celery, onion, green pepper and garlic with olive oil. Add all ingredients to crock pot or stock pot (you may also want to add a cup of water). The longer the chili cooks, the better it will taste. If I cook via stove-top I simmer for 60 minutes. Using the slow-cooker method I cook on low for 4 hours.  Season to taste (adding more chili powder or “heat” if desired).

You can also toss in other vegetables that you have on hand. Last week I added a small zucchini and in the past I have added carrots and even cabbage.

Printable list and recipe: Three Bean Vegetarian Chili

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Salad with pomegranate, avocado, and pickled jalapenosIf you are looking for healthy ways to bulk up your meals I recommend that you check out my other soup recipes.

Check back often because my goal for 2014 is to continue sharing my recipes with others who are trying to find ways to incorporate more vegetables into their meal plans. You can follow my Produce with Amy board on Pinterest and please stop by and like my Facebook page. Cheers to healthy 2014 and thriving!

Three Bean Vegetarian ChiliWinter

 

White Bean, Rice, and Vegetable Soup

White Bean, Rice, & Vegetable Soup“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” 
― Edith Sitwell

Today is the first “official” day of my winter holiday and if I did not have to venture outside tonight for my Weight Watchers meeting, I could easily stay in my lounge clothes and robe all day. The landscape outside is covered with a fresh and fluffy coverlet of snow and it is a hot-bowl-of-soup and a steaming-cup-of-tea kind of day. The next few days will be bustling with Christmas cheer and family, so today I am enjoying a hushed house as I ruminate over the past year and continue to map out my intentions for 2014.

My health is always #1 on my resolutions list and in 2013 I managed to create healthy routines involving our living spaces. I find that the less cluttered our tiny house is, the stronger and more “in control” I feel. Yes, it is true that I make healthier food choices and do not make as many excuses not to exercise when our house is tidy. With the stressful nature of teaching I need to have a restful and calm sanctuary to come home to and wind down.

When I started Produce with Amy my goals were to both eat more produce and to be productive. How accomplished I feel to say that I have been successful with both. Thank you to my readers for sharing this journey with me. Your feedback, comments, and support has helped me stay accountable and I love being able to help others make healthy choices.

Cooking is a pleasurable activity for me and I enjoy the creativity found in combining different flavors and textures. A few weeks ago I heard someone refer to themselves as a refrigerator cook because they cook meals out of what they have on hand. I could relate to this since I do the same thing. Now that I am blogging my food combinations, I do try to write them down so I can share them with you.

This white bean soup is an example of a dish that I tossed together with what I had in the house. I am always cooking up large batches of beans from dried to freeze for my meals. For this soup I also used my Spicy Brown Rice since I had several servings in the freezer.

WHITE BEAN, RICE, AND VEGETABLE SOUPWhite Bean Soup with Spicy Brown Rice

  • 4 cups of vegetable stock
  • 3 cups of tomatoes (I used tomatoes from my garden that were roasted with rosemary and basil)
  • 3 cups of Spicy Brown Rice (you could also use plain brown rice and add some taco seasoning or spices for flavor)
  • 3 cups of white beans
  • 1 cup of chopped cabbage
  • 4 minced cloves of garlic
  • 3 ribs of chopped celery
  • 1 large chopped carrot
  • 1 chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 small chopped onion
  • 1 small chopped zucchini
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Once all your vegetables are chopped simply toss into the slow cooker. I cooked on low for 4 hours. Normally bean soup would take twice as long but the beans were already cooked.  This recipe makes approximately 12 cups of soup and it freezes well.

White Bean Vegetable Soup

My favorite way to eat bean soup is with a dash of vinegar added to the top before eating. I love the way the vinegar brightens up the flavor. I also often drizzle two teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil on top.

This soup is very versatile and you can add any vegetables that you have on hand (sometimes I also add tomato sauce). The combination of beans and rice make it hearty and satisfying.

White Bean, Rice, & Vegetable SoupVegetable packed soup is one of my secret weapons for weight management and my husband Mike and I have a cup each night with dinner. This bean soup, along with a salad, is a filling meal. I make soup on the weekend and I often like to make a double batch so I can freeze a few portions. This is especially helpful if we end up going out of town on the weekend and I do not have time to make our weekly soup.

I hope that this soup helps you to stay warm and healthy this winter. Enjoy any holiday festivities that you may be attending and do not forget to pile your plate with an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables, stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, and build exercise into your schedule.

I challenge you to reflect on your successes for 2013 and come up with a list of goals that you would like to achieve in 2014. Stay tuned ~ I promise another year of healthy recipes coming your way!

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White Bean, Rice, & Vegetable Soup

Week #4 ~ December Green Smoothie Challenge (Recipes & Shopping List)

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world.  Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”
―    Rumi
31 Day Green Smoothie Challenge

Congratulations to you for reading this post. There may be various reasons that you are reading it: 1. You are in week #4 of our green smoothie challenge, or maybe 2. You stumbled upon my blog because you are researching green smoothies or are looking for new healthy recipes. Regardless, I commend you for placing your health as a priority and making precious time for yourself.

As a Weight Watchers leader for the past six years, I firmly believe the adage, “Small changes can lead to big results.” Yesterday I received a message from a woman who said that for the past three weeks the only change in her diet has been swapping out her breakfast for a green smoothie and she has lost seven pounds. Maybe you have noticed results too. Do you have increased energy? Maybe your cravings for sugar and starchy carbohydrates have decreased and your digestion has improved. Maybe your skin is brighter and your hair and nails are stronger. Perhaps you notice yourself reaching for fresh fruit and vegetables as snacks because you are buying more produce.

Before this challenge I was already making my husband Mike and I a daily green smoothie for breakfast. However, since I had to design recipes for this challenge, this month I have been much more creative with our smoothies. Since I have not been just tossing together my favorite couple combinations, we have consumed a wider range of nutrients since I have been rotating our greens and fruit. So thank you to those who asked for recipes and a shopping list! 🙂

If you are interested in the previous weeks’ posts here they are:

WEEK #1 RECIPES AND SHOPPING LIST

WEEK #2 RECIPES AND SHOPPING LIST

WEEK #3 RECIPES AND SHOPPING LIST

Week #4 December Green Smoothie Challenge Recipes & Shopping ListWeek #4 Shopping List: (Printable List Below)

  • Greens (I suggest a combination of greens ~ spinach, turnip greens, kale, chard, carrot tops, beet greens, or spring mix and dark green lettuces) Since the week #4 recipes are for 10 days, you may want to buy enough for the first five-7 days and purchase more mid-week.
  • Bananas (plan for ½-1 banana per smoothie, unless you plan to sweeten with honey, dates, or another sweetener)
  • Celery
  • Frozen strawberries
  • Frozen mango
  • Bag of fresh cranberries
  • 3 kiwi
  • 1 red apple
  • 1 green apple
  • 1 pear
  • 1-2 avocado (two recipes call for avocado so it depends if you want 1/2 or a whole avocado in your smoothie)
  • 1 pomegranate (if you do not have a Vitamix or a high-speed blender you may want to buy a high quality pomegranate juice so you do not have seeds in your smoothie)
  • 2 grapefruit
  • 4 limes and 1 lemon
  • Fresh ginger root
  • Parsley and/or cilantro
  • 1 can light coconut milk
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Optional ~ chia seeds, hemp seeds, or flax seeds and coconut water

Printable Shopping List: Week Four December Green Smoothie Challenge Shopping List

WEEK THREE RECIPES
*Each recipe will render approximately 3-4 cups. If you want a smaller amount reduce the ingredients. If you want to drink part of the smoothie and save the rest for a snack they will keep fresh for a few days in the refrigerator (some separation may occur but they will still be nutritionally intact. This means they can also be made the night before to save precious time in the morning). I often pack a green smoothie to sip on my 1/2 hour commute home from work.

Printable recipes posted below.

Day #22 December Green Smoothie ChallengeSunday ~ Day #22: Tropical Dream Green Smoothie
*3 – 4 – cups of your greens of choice
*1 banana
*1/2 cup of mango
*1/2 cup of strawberries
*Cilantro or parsley to taste
*Lime juice and zest (to taste. I like to use the whole lime but you may want ½)
* ½ cup of light coconut milk
*1/2 cup of coconut water/or water
*Optional ~ 1-2 Tablespoons of chia seeds/flax seeds/or hemp seeds

Day #23 December Green Smoothie ChallengeMonday ~ Day #23:  Apple Pie Green Smoothie
*3 – 4 cups of your greens of choice
*1 red apple
*1 banana
*1 teaspoon vanilla extract
*1/2 cup of light coconut milk
* ½ cup of coconut water or water
*Cinnamon & nutmeg to taste
*Optional ~ 1- 2 Tablespoons of chia seeds/flax seeds/or hemp seeds

Day #24 December Green Smoothie ChallengeTuesday ~ Day #24: Sweet Tart Green Smoothie
*3 -4 cups of your greens of choice
*1/2 cup of cranberries
*1 pear
*1 rib of celery
*Juice and zest of 1 lemon
*Raw honey/dates/or banana
*1 cup coconut water or water
*Optional ~ 1-2 Tablespoons of chia seeds/flax seeds/or hemp seeds

Day #25 December Green Smoothie ChallengeWednesday ~ Day #25: Strawberry Kiwi Holiday
*3 -4 cups of your greens of choice
*1 cup of strawberries
*2 kiwi
*Fresh ginger root, peeled (to taste)
*Raw honey/dates/or banana
*1 cup coconut water or water
*Optional ~ 1-2 Tablespoons of chia seeds/flax seeds/or hemp seeds

Day #26 December Green Smoothie ChallengeThursday ~ Day #26: Citrus Sunshine Green Smoothie
*3 -4 cups of your greens of choice
*1 orange
*1 grapefruit
*Parsley or cilantro (to taste)
*Fresh ginger root, peeled (to taste)
*Juice and zest of 1 lime
*Raw honey/dates/or banana
*1 cup coconut water or water
*Optional ~ 1-2 Tablespoons of chia seeds/flax seeds/or hemp seeds

Day #27 December Green Smoothie ChallengeFriday ~ Day #27: Persephone’s Envy Green Smoothie
*3 -4 cups of your greens of choice
*1/2 pomegranate (or ½ cup of juice)
*3/4 cup of mango
*1 rib of celery
*Avocado (1/2 or whole)
*Raw honey/dates/or banana
*1 cup coconut water or water
*Optional ~ 1-2 Tablespoons of chia seeds/flax seeds/or hemp seeds

Day #28 December Green Smoothie ChallengeSaturday ~ Day #28: Sip of Summer Green Smoothie
*3 -4 cups of your greens of choice
*1/2 cup of strawberries
*1/2 cup of mango
*Parsley or cilantro (to taste)
*Raw honey/dates/or banana
*1 cup coconut water or water
*Optional ~ 1-2 Tablespoons of chia seeds/flax seeds/or hemp seeds

Day #29 December Green Smoothie ChallengeSunday ~ Day #29: Sea Breeze Green Smoothie
*3 -4 cups of your greens of choice
*1/2 cup of cranberries
*1/2 cup of pomegranate
*1 grapefruit
*Raw honey/dates/or banana
*1 cup coconut water or water
*Optional ~ 1-2 Tablespoons of chia seeds/flax seeds/or hemp seeds

Day #30 Glistening Green SmoothieMonday ~ Day #30: Glistening Green Smoothie
*3 -4 cups of your greens of choice
*1 kiwi
*1 green apple
*1 rib of celery
*Avocado (1/2 or whole)
*Parsley or cilantro ~ or both (to taste)
*Ginger root (to taste)
*Raw honey/dates/or banana
*1 cup coconut water or water
*Optional ~ 1-2 Tablespoons of chia seeds/flax seeds/or hemp seeds

Day #31 December Green Smoothie ChallengeTuesday ~ Day #31: Celebration Green Smoothie
*3 -4 cups of your greens of choice
*1 orange
*1/2 cup of cranberries
*Ginger root to taste
*Cinnamon to taste
*1/2 cup of light coconut milk
*Raw honey/dates/or banana
*1/2 cup coconut water or water
*Optional ~ 1-2 Tablespoons of chia seeds/flax seeds/or hemp seeds

Printable Recipes: Week Four December Green Smoothie Challenge Recipes

Thank you so much for joining me in this challenge. By drinking a green smoothie a day we are giving our healthy New Year’s resolutions a running start. I plan to continue drinking them on a daily basis and I promise to share my favorite combinations. Please share your favorites with me (in either a comment on a post or on my Produce with Amy Facebook Page). Cheers to a productive and healthy 2014!

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December Green Smoothie Challenge

Winter Citrus & Fennel Mason Jar Salads with Green Apple Vinaigrette

This afternoon our living room was bathed in sunlight and our cat Athena basked in the glow.

This afternoon our living room was bathed in light and our cat Athena basked in a puddle of sunshine. How quickly the weather turned…it’s now a frenzy of snowflakes outside.

“Complacencies of the peignoir, and late
Coffee and oranges in a sunny chair…”
~Wallace Stevens from “Sunday Morning”

It is the week before Christmas break and I cannot believe how fast time rushes by. Today was Day #15 of the December Green Smoothie Challenge and I am enjoying sharing my recipes and being artful by capturing a photo each morning to share on my Facebook page.

Mike and I enjoyed a quiet weekend at home and last night watched, Broadcast News. It reminded me of high school when I had aspirations of being a television journalist. While I do have a broadcasting degree from Marquette University, life had other plans for me and I am thankful that I heard my calling to be a teacher. As I type this, I am hoping that the blizzard conditions outside cease. I do not want a snow day tomorrow ~ I have too much to accomplish with my students. Though, if we do, I will make sure to be productive and may find time to share a recipe for the soup that is bubbling in my Crock-pot.

Yesterday afternoon, after my Weight Watchers meeting, I went grocery shopping (I wouldWinter Citrus & Fennel Mason Jar Salads with Green Apple Vinaigrette Dressing really like to bring back my routine of shopping mid-week) and in addition to green smoothie ingredients I bought fresh produce for Mason jar salads. Often we associate salads with summer but, like soup, I think that salads are seasonless. I brainstormed what I thought would constitute the perfect winter salad. Of course, what came to mind was juicy oranges and grapefruit. I thought that the perfect accompaniment to both would be fennel and pomegranate. But what about the dressing? I knew that the citrus salad needed something both sweet, tart, and savory. How about green apple? I have to say ~ the result was pleasing and I am almost as excited to share these gorgeous salads with you as I am to eat them this week.

Green AppleGREEN APPLE VINAIGRETTE DRESSING

  • 1 cup of vinegar (I used 1/2 cup raw apple cider vinegar and 1/2 cup white balsamic)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 Granny Smith apple (I left the peel on)
  • 1 orange (juice and zest. This gives the dressing sweetness without adding refined sugar)
  • 1 clove of garlicHomemade Green Apple Vinaigrette Dressing
  • 1 teaspoon of onion
  • Salt & pepper to taste

If you want to control the amount of oil that goes into your dressing you can leave it out and add the oil to each individual salad. Lemon juice or lime juice would work well in place of the orange and you could add honey or sweetener of choice to make it slightly sweet. I always recommend that you taste as you go when making homemade dressings. I like dressing tart so I am in generous when I add in the vinegar.
Winter Citrus & Fennel Mason Jar Salads with Green Apple VinaigretteWinter Citrus & Fennel Mason Jar Salads with Green Apple VinaigretteIf you are new to Mason Jar Salads you may want to read one of my previous posts that shares many tips for jarred salads: Mason Jar Salads: Fresh, Visually Appealing, and Versatile.

WINTER CITRUS & FENNEL MASON JAR SALADS

I made six jarred salads and layered the following in each one quart sized Mason jars. Layer the dressing first, followed by hearty fruit/vegetables. Layer the lettuce/greens last.

  • 3 Tablespoons of Green Apple Vinaigrette DressingWinter Citrus & Fennel Mason Jar Salads with Green Apple Vinaigrette
  • Red bell pepper (I used one pepper)
  • Sliced fennel (I used one bulb)
  • Grapefruit (I used one. Peel like an orange and cut in slices)
  • Oranges (I used two)
  • Pomegranate
  • Celery (three ribs)
  • Raw pumpkin seeds and almonds (2 Tablespoons per salad)
  • Chopped kale
  • Chopped romaine lettuce

I am so thankful to the weekends and time to recharge and prepare for a busy week. Mason Jar Salads are a huge time saver since they only take about a half an hour to prepare and they stay fresh all week.

If you are interested in other salad and dressing recipes, make sure you check out my Salad Tab and my Salad Dressing Tab. I hope that you enjoy this recipe and that it makes your life a little less hectic and a lot more healthy. There are only a couple more weeks left in 2013 so let’s make them the best that we can. I look forward to a new year and sharing this journey with my health-minded friends. I promise many more recipes in the days to come.
Winter Citrus & Fennel Mason Jar Salad with Green Apple VinaigretteGreen Apple Vinaigrette Dressing

Week #3 ~ December Green Smoothie Challenge (Recipes & Shopping List)

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” 
―  Leonardo da Vinci 

December Green Smoothie ChallengeAs we approach the third week of the December Green Smoothie challenge, it makes me smile when I receive messages from individuals who tell me that my posts have encouraged them to try green smoothies for the first time. What makes it even better is hearing how much they love them! While my life is fraught with a busy schedule and a mile-long (and always growing) “to do list”,  I am thankful that I am making the time to share recipes that others are enjoying. Thank you for the emails, for stopping by my Produce with Amy Facebook Page, and for sharing my recipes with others. I passionately believe that we all need a community to support us and am always inspired by the power of social media to connect and transform our lives.

If one of my recipes does not suit your taste buds, try to figure out what you can add or change to make it more pleasing. Not sweet enough? Add more fruit or cut back on the greens. Add some fresh lemon juice to brighten the taste or add more fresh ginger root to mask stronger tasting greens.

Week #1 December Green Smoothie Challenge Recipes & Shopping ListIf you are reading my blog for the first time you may want to check out the recipes and shopping list for Week #1

December Green Smoothie Challenge Week #2 Recipes and Shopping Listand Week #2 of the December Green Smoothie Challenge. You will find printable shopping lists and recipes as well as hints and tips for those who are new to green smoothies.

Last week I discussed the importance of rotating our greens in green smoothies and this December Green Smoothie Challenge Recipes and Shopping Listweek I am including kale and turnip greens on the printable shopping list. Other greens you may consider are carrot tops and beets (after enjoying the vegetables reserve the tops and blend in your smoothie), chard, and spring mix greens or lettuces (stick to the dark and brilliantly hued varieties). It is fine if you decide you want to stick with spinach. but if you drink green smoothies for a lengthy amount of time, I recommend that you rotate the greens.

When I blend green smoothies my goal is to keep them as simple as possible. I try not to add too many kinds of fruit to make the smoothie easy for my body to digest and for maximum nutrient absorption. My husband Mike and I each drink a green smoothie first thing in the morning and find that it gives us a boost of energy. Since neither of us have an appetite in the morning, a green smoothie allows us to hydrate and nourish our bodies without the heavy feeling that comes with many breakfast foods. On occasion (like last week’s recipes) I will add pumpkin but I normally stick to non-starchy fruit. I try to follow raw foodist,Victoria Boutenko’s Guidelines for Green Smoothie Consumption.

BlueberriesThis week I decided to include blueberries in the green smoothie shopping list. In the Upper Peninsula of Michigan 2013 was a phenomenal summer for wild blueberries and I know that many of my U.P. friends have berries stashed away in the freezer. Not only do blueberries make a mean green smoothie (more like purple, or brown 😉 depending on what else you add) but blueberries are brimming with health benefits.

December Green Smoothie Challenge Week #3 Recipes and Shopping List

For these recipes I give the option of raw honey, dates, or banana for sweetness. I recommend experimenting to see how much you would need to reach your desired level of sweet.

Dates can be found in the produce section of your local grocery (especially during the holiday baking season), at organic markets, and in health food stores. I like to buy medjool dates and sometimes I buy chopped dates rolled in coconut. Not only do I like adding them in smoothies but they are so sweet that snacking on a single date can often satisfy a sweets craving.

Suggested amount to be added to a smoothie ~
*1/2 – 1 banana
or
*1 Tablespoon of raw honey
or
*2-3 Medjool dates

Week #3 ~ December Green Smoothie Challenge Shopping List
*Shopping list is based on one 3-4 cup Green Smoothie a day.

  • 2 bunches of kale, 2 bunches of turnip greens (or greens of your choice)
  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • 1 bunch of cilantro
  • 1 bag of frozen peaches (could substitute mangos or pineapple)
  • 1 bag of frozen raspberries
  • 1 bag of frozen blueberries
  • 5-7 ripe bananas (peel and freeze)
  • Celery
  • 1 kiwi
  • 1 orange
  • 1 apple (any variety)
  • 1 pear
  • 2 avocado
  • 2 lemons
  • 3 limes
  • Fresh ginger root
  • Cinnamon
  • Vanilla extract

*Optional Ingredients

  • In place of the banana to sweeten the smoothie you may opt for medjool dates (or even chopped dates) or raw honey (or rotate sweeteners day-to-day)
  • Coconut flakes (used as a garnish for couple of the smoothies)
  • Chia seeds (I add these to my smoothies each day. Some people add hemp seeds or flax-seeds)
  • Coconut water (regular water works fine but there are many health benefits to drinking coconut water. It can often be found in the Latin food or heath food section of the supermarket. I usually buy one large can per two green smoothies…or a couple liter containers).

Printable list: Week Three December Green Smoothie Challenge Shopping List

WEEK THREE RECIPES
*Each recipe will render approximately 3-4 cups. If you want a smaller amount reduce the ingredients. If you want to drink part of the smoothie and save the rest for a snack they will keep fresh for a few days in the refrigerator (some separation may occur but they will still be nutritionally intact. This means they can also be made the night before to save precious time in the morning). I often pack a green smoothie to sip on my 1/2 hour commute home from work.

Printable recipes posted below. 


Day #15 December Green Smoothie ChallengeSunday ~ Day #15: Blue Boost Green Smoothie

*3 – 4 – cups of your greens of choice
*1/2 – 1 cup of blueberries
*1/2 – 1 avocado
*Raw honey/dates/ or banana for sweetness
*1 teaspoon of cinnamon (or to taste)
*1 cup of coconut water/or water
*Optional ~ 1-2 Tablespoons of chia seeds
*Optional ~ garnish wish shredded coconut

Day #16 December Green Smoothie ChallengeMonday ~ Day #16:  Peach-Raspberry Zinger Green Smoothie

*3 – 4 cups of your greens of choice
*1/2 cup of raspberries
*1/2 cup of peaches
*Juice and zest of 1 lime
*Cilantro (to taste)
*Fresh ginger root, peeled (to taste)
*Raw honey/dates/ or banana
*1 cup of coconut water or water
*Optional ~ 1- 2 Tablespoons of chia seeds

Day #17 December Green Smoothie ChallengeTuesday ~ Day #17: Blueberry Twist Green Smoothie

*3 -4 cups of your greens of choice
*1 cup of blueberries
*Juice and zest of 1 lemon
*Raw honey/dates/or banana
*1 cup coconut water or water
*Optional ~ 1-2 Tablespoons of chia seeds

Day #18 December Green Smoothie ChallengeWednesday ~ Day #18: Spicy Apple-Berry Green Smoothie

*3 -4 cups of your greens of choice
*1/2 cup of raspberries
*1/2 cup of bluberries
*1 apple (if organic leave the peel)
*Fresh ginger root, peeled (to taste)
*Cinnamon (to taste)
*Parsley or cilantro (to taste)
*Juice and zest of 1 lemon
*Raw honey/dates/or banana
*1 cup coconut water or water
*Optional ~ 1-2 Tablespoons of chia seeds

Day #19 December Green Smoothie ChallengeThursday ~ Day #19: Luscious Green Smoothie

*3 -4 cups of your greens of choice
*1/2 cup of peaches
*1 pear
*1 rib of celery
*1/2 – 1 avocado
*Parsley or cilantro (to taste)
*Fresh ginger root, peeled (to taste)
*Juice and zest of 1 lime
*Raw honey/dates/or banana
*1 cup coconut water or water
*Optional ~ 1-2 Tablespoons of chia seeds

Day#20 December Green Smoothie ChallengeFriday ~ Day #20: Orange & Blue Blossom Green Smoothie

*3 -4 cups of your greens of choice
*1/2 – 3/4 cup of blueberries
*1 orange (and zest)
*Raw honey/dates/or banana
*Cinnamon to taste
*1 teaspoon vanilla extract
*1 cup coconut water or water
*Optional ~ 1-2 Tablespoons of chia seeds

Day #21 December Green Smoothie ChallengeSaturday ~ Day #21: Flourishing Green Smoothie

*3 -4 cups of your greens of choice
*1/2 cup of peaches
*1/2 – 1 avocado
*1 kiwi
*Parsley or cilantro (to taste)
*Fresh ginger root, peeled (to taste)
*Juice and zest of 1 lime
*Raw honey/dates/or banana
*1 cup coconut water or water
*Optional ~ 1-2 Tablespoons of chia seeds

Printable Recipes: Week Three December Green Smoothie Challenge Recipes

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Week Four Green Smoothie Recipes

Thank you for joining me on this challenge. I would love to hear feedback about the challenge so far. Have your noticed any health benefits? What has been your favorite combination? I hope you enjoy the recipes for week #3. Cheers to our health and for getting a jump-start on our resolutions for the new year!

December Green Smoothie Challenge