I am always trying to evolve my health and fitness routines. Always trying to see what works best for me rather than what works for the people that you see on social media or you hear from product pushers. The last few years I have continued to evolve in eating better, working out more consistently and being better to myself. My health history sort of demands this if I want to have a long lasting life, but that shouldn’t be the only reason why we as people decide to finally eat healthy!
I don’t know what kind of life or long term side effects I will encounter, but I do know I can take care of myself to the best of my ability to make sure I am the healthiest I can be and live the longest life I can!
Last week I decided to try a different fruit smoothie each day! I specifically looked up “paleo” recipes as I follow a mostly paleo diet. I have tried fruit smoothies in the past and while I liked them, when it came to making them in the morning or adding things like spinach, coconut water, etc. to make it healthier, that is where I fell off the wagon. I didn’t set myself up for success. I was making smoothies that were tasty, but no protein or no other nutritional value source that actually made it worth being a meal or sustaining me from eating other things.
I also didn’t set myself up for success by prepping these ahead of time. I don’t want to necessarily say I am not a “morning person” but I do tend to sleep right until the very last minute before I need to really get up or else I will be running late! If you don’t prep and you have one slight change to your routine, you won’t get to make the smoothie.
I want to share with you my experience with smoothie week! This helped me lose three pounds throughout the week (**I did exercise too**) Before we go into it, my two tips to you would be the following:
1.) PREP! PREP! PREP! The idea of meal prepping or prepping anything is not a fun task, at least it doesn’t sound like it. Even the idea of researching how much fruit and ingredients you need and making a list sounds time consuming. Depending on how much of a variety you want, you can decide how long your list gets. For the most part, all of my smoothies had spinach or avocado in them, so I was able to buy the same ingredients to use throughout the week. It also won’t get too expensive if you can use the same ideas and buy in bundles!
I looked up recipes and for the most part I used a lot of spinach, avocado, and pineapple. I bought all of my fruit in frozen bag bundles to save time. My list seemed long, but it ended up only being about $30 for all my fruit for seven days (take into account I bought all organic fruit and veggies from my local Whole Foods market). My whole prep time was a whopping TEN MINUTES! Ten minutes to prep a week of morning smoothies?! Not bad at all! I made seven different freezer bags filled of what my smoothie was going to be each day. When you make these smoothies, you don’t need to add ice then!
2.) Set your smoothies up for success! A mango smoothie sounds great right? Mango, coconut water, and maybe another tangy fruit. The question to ask yourself thought is will this actually fill me up? Maybe, maybe not. I tend to know what is going to work for me because of how I have listened to my body over the years but you have to find what works for you. Most of these smoothies I am about to show you are around 250-350 calories each. If you need to add more ingredients to your smoothies, add something that is fatty or a protein powder you like! I have learned that coconut milk works for me, and the smoothies where I put avocado or spinach in give me more of a fuller feeling.
Now – here are my reviews of the smoothies I made for the week! Remember, I follow a paleo diet for the most part, so these smoothies are exclusively paleo! Some of these I was scared of as I never had some of these ingredients before and some I was really excited for! All of these smoothies are set to give you only ONE serving so double up if you have more people!
**These recipes are not originally my own. Credit is posted underneath each recipe. However I changed them up to my own liking and have explained in each recipe.**
Day 1: Raspberry Grapefruit Smoothie
Ingredients: 1 cup of raspberries; juice of one grapefruit, 1 banana
245 calories – one serving
Recipe origin – The Iron You
This for me was the most underwhelming smoothie of the week. It didn’t have much substance. Let me just say I LOVE grapefruit though. I can drink anything with grapefruit juice in it. This was super tangy and sour combining the raspberries together. It did keep me full because of the banana but it wasn’t super enjoyable as some of the rest of the smoothies were for the week. I also opted out of getting an actual grapefruit and bought a small bottle of organic grapefruit juice. I felt it would waste the grapefruit itself and also my juicer is packed for moving! This was the only recipe for the week as well that had grapefruit too.
Rating: 3 out of 5
Day 2: Orange Peach Smoothie
Ingredients: 1 cup of frozen sliced peaches, 1 cup orange juice (or orange), 1/2 avocado peeled and pitted, 1 cup of raspberries, fresh ginger 1 inch grated, 1 tsp vanilla extract, pinch of sea salt
315 calories – one serving
Recipe origin – A calculated whisk
This was a really great smoothie and one that I was totally scared of! I always heard that avocado in a smoothie was really great and where you can hardly taste it but was always too afraid to try. Also, ginger is strong and if you are not careful it can be very potent. Same thing with the salt and turmeric – I really didn’t know how this was going to taste! It was one of my favorites all week! The avocado you can’t taste and all of the other ingredients came together nicely. I’m not a fan of pulp and didn’t want that in the smoothie. As far as the avocado, those can be expensive! You can use the full avocado if you want so that it doesn’t go to waste (keep in mind this will send the calorie intake up by almost 100 calories!). Surprisingly, this came out to an orange, pink color and no green was seen! I only used half because I used the second half for my dinner later in the day!
Rating: 4 out of 5
Day 3: Paleo Tropical Sunrise Smoothie
Ingredients: 1 frozen banana, 1/2 cup fresh orange juice, 3/4 cup of mango, 1/4 cup of water
250 calories – one serving
Recipe Origin: Pinterest (cannot find actual origin – recipe was found on pinterest and link is not working)
This was the most flavorful out of the week. Very tangy as there is nothing green in the smoothie. I used my orange juice again (not squeezed from an actual orange). This was is pretty straight forward and I really liked it! This one might be a smoothie where you add some protein to it as well. For me it held me over until lunch because I used a full banana.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Day 4: Tropical Paleo Green Smoothie
Ingredients: 1 cup of spinach (or kale), 1 banana, 1 cup of orange juice, 1 cup of pineapple, 1/2 avocado pitted and skinless, 1 cup coconut milk
345 calories – one serving
Recipe Origin: My Natural Family
We have finally hit the green smoothies of the week! I didn’t plan this, these were just the recipes I found and the order I found them in. This was probably the most filling of the week where I didn’t finish this and was able to drink the second half of this as an afternoon snack before I went to the gym. Definitely a favorite as I love pineapple too!
Rating: 5 out of 5
Day 5: Pineapple Paradise Green Smoothie
Ingredients: 1 cup pineapple, 1 cup spinach, 1 avocado, 1 cup water
150 calories – one serving
Recipe origin – Culinary Hill
This is definitely something I changed up as there wasn’t much to this smoothie. I added coconut milk and oranges to this one to make it thicker and it added more calories to this. Feel free to add more ingredients that you have as well – you can’t really destroy the flavor to it with adding more fruit.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Day 6: Pineapple Coconut Lime Smoothie
Ingredients: 1 cup pineapple, 1 cup coconut milk, juice of one lime
200 calories – one serving
Recipe origin – Onelovelylife.com
Nothing really in this smoothie as well and since I was experimenting with greens, I used some spinach I had for this smoothie. Simple smoothie and lower in the calories. Again, it kept me full for longer because of the spinach and coconut milk. Feel free to add in seeds if you want or any other ingredients from the week to make it fuller.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Day 7: Tropikale Smoothie
Ingredients: 1 cup of kale (I used spinach), 1 cup pineapple, 1 banana, 1 orange, 1 cup of coconut milk, 1 tsp coconut oil, ice
Recipe origin: Liveeatlearn.com
Another favorite this week as this made me full and the taste is great. Kale is too strong for me so I switched this to spinach. I also didn’t need ice as my fruit had been frozen already. I did not have coconut oil as we only use EVOO in our house. One of the better smoothies this week!
Rating: 5 out of 5
I am thinking I am going to be sticking with smoothies for awhile in the mornings. I don’t ever give myself enough time to actually sit down and eat breakfast. I get ready and I am out the door. My commute to work is usually 25-30 minutes so I have enough time to drink at least half of my smoothie (usually enough for me). I save the next half of it for after work on my way to my evening workout.
Try these smoothies for yourself! I hope you find a great recipe if a smoothie is what you are looking for to add to your health routine!
Thanks for reading!