Monday, 23 January 2012

Are you into the Green Monster Movement?

There are always tons of new fads or "movements" going on. With a simple "I lost 20lbs using this product it is so easy" and people will give it a try. I know first hand how that little promise of losing weight, better skin, stronger nails can draw a person in.

So I'm a little hesitant to try these things. What with :

South Beach

"The South Beach Diet is authored by the cardiologist Dr. Arthur Agatston. This diet promises a weight loss of 13 pounds in just 2 weeks.


"Dr. Robert Atkins created the well-known Atkins Diet, a low-carbohydrate diet, blaming on refined carbohydrates for the rise in metabolic disorders."

Cabbage Soup Diet

"Also known as the "Mayo Clinic Diet" and the "Sacred Heart Hospital Diet", the Cabbage Soup Diet is based on a fat-burning soup that contains negligible calories."

Baby Food Diet

"Created by celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson, The Baby Food Diet is the latest weight loss fad promising to curb cravings, allow eating on the run, and lose weight quickly. "

Hollywood Diet

"The Hollywood Diet or Hollywood 48 Hour Miracle Diet created by Sunset Health Products promises you to lose weight naturally, while you cleanse, detoxify and rejuvenate your body."

You can see why a person would be a little hesitant. I like food that doesn't come in baby jars and I like carbs. As a runner, I need those carbohydrates.

However, I do like spinach and fruit. Since I already use protein shakes when I'm not getting enough protein in my diet, I thought "why not". I have friends posting all over Facebook about their Green Monster Smoothies.

If you haven't heard of it you can read more about it Here

So I went to the store, got myself frozen peaches, frozen mango, unsweetened almond milk (vanilla) and spinach. Then gave it a try.

And I was HOOKED.

Every morning I make my smoothie. I never make it the same way twice but it doesn't matter because it always taste great. I know exactly what is going into my body (unlike those other smoothies you can buy at the store that are 500+ calories), I can change it up if I want to (add flax seed, different fruits, use kale instead of spinach, and so much more) and it only takes a few minutes every morning.

I have noticed my skin is clear, which is amazing considering I run 5+ times a week and sweat is not always good for the skin. Usually I have horrible break outs in the T zone.

It fills me up and gets me going. If I had a hardcore work out I will put my Vanilla Whey into it to repair my muscles and give me a boost.

Savannah calls them "Shrek Smoothies" because of the bright green color, and she loves them as well. Obviously I don't put whey into hers!

I fully support this movement. I'm smack in the middle of the Green Monster Movement, are you?

If not, give it a try!


  1. That sounds delicious! I may have to try making one :)

  2. I love them! And the best part is you can play around with it till you get the perfect mix. They are also refreshing and they don't leave you feeling awful or sluggish. Jeremy tried making his own tonight and went a little overboard on the fruits! lol

  3. Just made my first one. I went too light on the fruit I think, since it doesn't have much flavor. Vanilla Almond Milk probably would have been better, too. My mum wanted to try the original, but I find it's not really flavorful, just kind of heavy, lol