“Thriving. That’s fighting… Surviving is barely getting by.”
― Jillian Michaels
Since August of 2007 I have been a Weight Watchers Coach and I have experienced my own challenges with my weight management. Now that I am in my forties I have found that I must fight harder than ever to maintain a healthy weight. Though, I accept the challenge, because I believe that my health and my self-concept are worth the battle. This fall I was facing a mountain of stress in my personal life and the scale started to climb beyond the top end of my WW recommended healthy weight range. I was concerned and frustrated. Unfortunately, the chaos continued to mount – the scale would not budge – and I felt helpless, angry, anxious, and out of control of my life.
I will be honest, at times I considered walking away from my position at Weight Watchers, because I felt overwhelmed and as if I was a fraud. How could I stand up in front of my members helping be their weight loss guide when I could not even manage my own weight? Yet, I could feel my members support and I heard a loud voice in the back of my head telling me that I could thrive once again. I knew what I needed to do. In 2006, Weight Watchers gave me the tools and the courage to believe that I can succeed. While things may feel out of control in my life – ultimately, I was in control of the food that I consumed. I took a closer look at portion control and started to be faithful to tracking once again. The scale started to move in the right direction and I am happy to report that by December I was back to my goal weight.
My employment with Weight Watchers has brought me face-to-face with many individuals who also face stressful challenges in their lives. I always remind members that we must first take care of ourselves and that during times of crisis – being On Program helps us feel that we are in control. I know that focusing on Weight Watchers Power Foods, staying hydrated, and eating healthy portions have helped me manage my stress. Getting back to my goal weight has been a boost in my self-esteem and has empowered me to have a positive outlook, even when things feel grim.
Before I joined WW, I may have been tempted to feed my emotions with sugary and high fat foods. However, I know how those foods make me feel (and look). I profoundly believe that a diet that focuses on fresh fruit, vegetables, and non-processed whole foods helps us navigate stress and have the energy we need to have a positive attitude and be productive.
In the coming weeks, I will continue to nourish my body with healthy food and my goal is to incorporate more greens into my meals. I really notice a difference in my energy level when I start my day with a green smoothie. They are also great as a snack because they help curb starchy carbohydrate cravings.
If you are new to green smoothies you may want to check out my New Year’s Green Smoothie Challenge post where I share information and tips.
The green smoothie recipe that I am going to share with you today is one of my favorites. The combination of blueberries and cinnamon is incredible and I love that you can fit so many health benefits into a glass. Kiwi is higher in Vitamin C than an equivalent amount of orange and it will help your body absorb the iron in the spinach. The antioxidants in blueberries help improve memory and are low on the glycemic index and help regulate blood sugar. (Therefore, I thought that Fierce was the perfect name!)
FIERCE GREEN SMOOTHIE
(My smoothie recipes will yield 3-4 cups. I often drink 1/2 for breakfast and reserve the other half for a snack on my 1/2 hour commute home from work or for an evening snack. If you want to make less – reduce the ingredients that you add. Green smoothies will keep for several days in the refrigerator but they may separate)
- 3-4 cups of spinach (more or less for one’s personal taste.)
- 1 cup of blueberries (fresh or frozen)
- 2 kiwis (reserve a piece for garnish)
- 1/2 frozen banana (if you like your smoothie sweeter you may want to add more banana)
- Juice and zest of one lemon (if using bottled juice you can add 1/4 cup)
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon (to taste)
- 1 cup of coconut water (or regular water)
- *Optional ~ 1 Tablespoon 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
- *Optional ~ sprig of fresh mint
Blend well and garnish with a kiwi slice and sprinkle of cinnamon. Because of the addition of blueberries – your smoothie will turn more purple than green.
If you are interested in checking out more green smoothie recipes, make sure you check out my Green Smoothie tab.
Pin this recipe HERE.
My goal for the new year is to continue to nourish my body with fresh fruit and vegetables so I can manage stress. I am determined to maintain my weight so I can look fierce this summer and feel the best that I can.
I challenge you to pick a goal and strive to reach it. Sip a green smoothie and reflect on what you want to achieve. If you (like I am) are facing a lot of stress in your life – you owe it to your body to eat clean and eradicate excuses. I raise my glass to you. Cheers to embracing a healthy lifestyle and thriving!
6 thoughts on “Fierce Green Smoothie with Blueberries and Kiwi”
That looks delicious, Amy! I am feeling so bad at myself for falling off the weight watchers wagon, Again! I’m bigger now than ever before. Why is WW so expensive? We’re on a fixed income and it is hard to find the monies to go weekly to WW. But, that is the only way I am successful at it is if I go to the supportive meetings. Just sharing my thoughts and frustrations with you. If you have any answers/ideas, please let me know. sally
I’m so sorry to hear that you are struggling. I know firsthand how frustrating financial struggles and budgets can be. Make sure you ask for the scholarship option at WW. I haven’t been leading meetings since I started a new program at NMU. I miss my members and the meetings so much. I hope you have found a way to start attending again. Thank you for the message. Take care!
Amy…so happy to be following your blog now. I first started following you on Instagram. Your pictures show the beautiful of real food. You said you felt like a fraud, but quite the opposite. It shows all of us that we are human and have tough times. I am glad to hear you are back on track. You have inspired me to eat more plant based foods. I was tired all the time, taking care of others but no myself. I have done 18 days of eating only plant based foods and just started a three day juicing today. I will still have meat and sweets, but from now on those will be very small compared to my fruits and vegie portions. I have so much more energy and feel better. Keep on inspiring others as you have been doing. Can’t wait to make the smoothie you just posted today.
Cindy, your message brings tears to my eyes. THANK YOU! Putting ourselves can be so difficult to do – but so important. I’ve been negligent in blogging and have been so so so busy. Yet, reading through your message was an important reminder that I must nurture my passions too. Thank you for the inspiration and watch for new recipes and posts. It feels great to be sharing again. Be well!
I just started back to weight watchers. Just turned 50 and am heavier thsn i have ever been. It makes me feel good knowing that the leaders understand what i am going through . I imagine you are an inspiration to those that you lead. I like your site and your recipes. Thank you for sharing.
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Thank you so much for your support and for your kind words about my recipes. I know how overwhelming weight management can be so we need to stick together. I’ve been away from blogging for a bit but I am ready to jump right back in. Stay tuned and thank you for the message. I loved hearing from you. Good luck with Weight Watchers and I hope you are well!