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

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