Besties Battling the Bulge

Day 14- Green Monster Challenge Wrap-up

Posted on: August 20, 2010

**Drumroll!** Today is the final day of my personal Green Monster Challenge! Let’s get to today’s GM and then I’ll give you my wrap-up rap.

Vanilla Pineapple Green Monster

  • 1c. pineapple, frozen
  • about 1c raw baby spinach
  • 1Tbs flax seed
  • contents of one gelcap: Hawaiian Spirulina
  • 1c vanilla rice milk

Place all ingredients in your Magic Bullet cup & blend away. This one is not as thick as some of the others, but it has a delicious vanilla flavor, thanks in part to the spirulina.

What is spirulina, you may ask? Answers.com’s experts explain it better than I ever could: Spirulina is “a traditional food source in parts of Africa and Mexico, spirulina is an exceptionally rich source of vitamins, minerals, and protein, and one of the few nonanimal sources of vitamin B12. It is now being widely studied for its possible antiviral, anticancer, antibacterial, and antiparasitic properties, and has been used for such medical conditions as allergies, ulcers, anemia, heavy-metal poisoning, and radiation poisoning. It is also used in weight-loss programs.”

I take one spirulina gelcap supplement every day, at least (I use the Hawaiian Spirulina. It cane be purchased from any GNC store). My main reason is that it curbs my appetite. I find that when I take one, I just don’t get that gnawing hunger feeling that sometimes creeps up on you & will not allow you to ignore it. I love the stuff & I find that the one I take has a subtle vanilla flavor. How do I know? I wanted to know if it tasted fishy (cause the bottle smells that way when you open it. After all it is an aquatic product) so I dumped one in a glass of water and presto… blue-green vanilla water. Didn’t dissolve too well, but it’s great in smoothies. And now on to the run down for the GMC.

After 14 days of drinking Green Monster smoothies of all varieties I can give you the following summary:

  1. My hair is now healthier and more able to withstand daily blow-drying & straightening
  2. My nails are so strong! I have not broken one since I started drinking them (previously 2 or 3 a week, at least)
  3. While I didn’t set out to drink them as meal replacers, often I didn’t feel the need to eat for 4 hours or so after finishing my GM
  4. I started looking forward to them & it renewed some of my lost creativity in the kitchen
  5. I have another reason to love my Magic Bullet, lol
  6. My skin is clear & it is starting to even regain a new texture (similar to what I had in HS)
  7. By taking this step to live as the thin woman I want to be, it has inspired me to take better care of myself in other ways too
  8. I kind of felt like I was getting a little treat everyday: cold, creamy, almost milkshake-like, but loaded with nutrients & at least a full serving of fruit & veggies in every glass!
  9. I got to use up some of the items in my pantry that had probably been there a little too long, though they were shelf-stable
  10. I introduced so many new and existing friends to Green Monster & may have started a little nebulous GM Movement of my own 🙂
  11. I realized that healthy doesn’t have to mean “tastes like cardboard” and that it can be fun & creative
  12. My craving for sweets has dropped drastically. When I get a craving for something sweet now it’s a smoothie. Awesome!
  13. My mood has been great for the most part (though whether that’s due to having a week off from work or the GMs I may not ever know.) And I haven’t been getting as aggrivated by stupidity on the road and in my life as I had been.
  14. These GMs are one thing in my life that I am proud that I eat. Sometimes I hide what I eat or fib about it because I don’t want to admit, even to myself, that I eat poorly but these I can share with the world!
  15. I’ve gone a long way toward developing a healthy habit. Each small habit that I can form or change is just one giant step closer to being the me I know I am beneath all the fluff.

So there you have it! 15 conclusions from my personal Green Monster Challenge. Want to do another 14 with me? 🙂

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2 Responses to "Day 14- Green Monster Challenge Wrap-up"

[…] completely. This week I’ll revisit that one and see if I can do any better. Now that my Green Monster Challenge is done I’m free to start another good-for-me food-related challenge. And I think I know just the […]

I just came across your blog while searching for Green Monsters with spirulina in them which I thought would be a nifty idea! Im going to make one tonight, love your idea! (I made my first Green Monster the other day and had amazing energy ALL day!)

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