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April Green Smoothie Challenge: Week 2 Recap

It’s April 15 and we’re officially halfway through Green Smoothie April! I’m here to recap week two and share two important lessons I’ve learned about getting your green smoothie in.

1) It works best for me to knock it out first thing with breakfast. Last week I decided to wait and have my green smoothie as an afternoon snack before working out but I ended up eating a big, late lunch and didn’t want it. I ended up getting it in after my workout but I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much as I do when I start my morning with them.

2) If you travel, be prepared! I visited my grandmother last week and ended up having to take Thursday as a cheat day. I planned on buying ingredients for my smoothie at the local store but it was a no go. I should have packed my smoothie essentials but I’m not too worried about it. Ya gotta live a little. Cake and scrambled eggs made for a nice alternate breakfast! 😛

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It seems that most of you are still holding strong. We have over 240 tags for #GreenSmoothieApril on Instagram! Don’t forget to use the hashtag and tag me @jdecurtins on Instagram and Twitter! And if you haven’t been participating, now is the perfect time to join! You can still get 15 days in to wrap up April!

Here’s a recap of my smoothies for week two…

Day 8

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Green smoothie protein shake after CrossFit on Tuesday. Banana, baby kale, coconut milk, protein powder and ice.

Day 9

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PB & J with Dole’s Baby Kale & Greens mix.

Day 10

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Cheat day at my grandmother’s. I had an egg scramble and some strawberry and dark chocolate cake instead. I thought I might have my green smoothie when I got home but it was after 10 p.m. so cheat day it was! 🙂

Day 11

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I doubled up on my green smoothies on Friday to make up for missing Thursday. I had a green ginger smoothie and a slice of my dad’s homemade sourdough with butter in the AM.

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And another green ginger smoothie while photographing and blogging the recipe later in the day.

Day 12

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Another green ginger smoothie (definitely my favorite smoothie of the challenge so far) with a peanut butter & banana muffin.

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I also picked up a green juice while I was at the farmers market. It had kale, spinach, lemon, ginger, parsley, cucumber and celery. It was very green!

Day 13

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I couldn’t resist photographing Sunday’s smoothie with my beautiful farmers market flowers. Smoothie included banana, various frozen fruits, almond butter, dates, coconut milk and baby kale.

Day 14

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Another “ungreen” smoothie but I promise it was packed with baby kale! I went with a blueberry lemon theme and it was delish! Banana, frozen blueberries, squeeze of a quarter of a lemon, baby kale and coconut milk. Muffin on the side.

That wraps up the second week!

How’s it going for you? Favorite smoothies of the week? Who wants to join us for the final two weeks!? 

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  • 1
    Christina April 15, 2014, 1:27 pm

    When you put dates in your smoothies, do you chop them up? Buy them pre-chopped?

    I love dates – but feel like I’d probably need a whole lot to enhance the flavor in a smoothie…

    Thanks!

    • 2
      Jen April 15, 2014, 2:49 pm

      i use whole pitted dates and do not chop them up. i just throw them in whole. i have a vitamix so that helps immensely. i only use 2-3 and just that amount adds a good amount of natural sweetness. last week someone recommended soaking the dates in hot water before adding them if you don’t have a great blender.

  • 3
    Elizabeth {Positively Healthy} April 15, 2014, 2:09 pm

    I am loving doing this as well! I feel so great after all the greens! 🙂 The blueberry lemon sounds delish!

    • 4
      Jen April 15, 2014, 2:44 pm

      thanks for participating! and yes, makes me feel great too. perfect way to power me through my morning with tons of energy!

  • 5
    heidi April 15, 2014, 2:11 pm

    Love all of the photos!! 🙂

    I absolutely agree with your advice……especially number one. I usually have my green smoothie in the morning, but the other day I didn’t….I ended up having it after dinner that night actually. which wasn’t horrible but not quite as appealing an in the morning after a work out.

    I am loving this challenge by the way – I can’t tell you the number of people who have asked me about it after seeing pics.

    • 6
      Jen April 15, 2014, 2:44 pm

      heidi – thanks so much for participating and i’m glad you’ve been able to spread the word with others!

  • 7
    Jojo @ RunFastEatLots April 15, 2014, 2:41 pm

    I had a green smoothie yesterday with spinach and chocolate wheatgrass and blueberries. It wasn’t very green, but it was delicious

  • 9
    Sara @ LovingOnTheRun April 15, 2014, 4:18 pm

    I had a smoothie last night in fact, but it wasn’t a green one. Lost of great things in it though!

  • 10
    Lauren @ Sassy Molassy April 15, 2014, 5:22 pm

    I have to say that while I’m not doing green smoothies daily, you have reminded me to have them a bit more often! This morning was a green smoothie with banana, pineapple, spinach, almond milk, ice and a little pb. Plus a piece of toast on the side.

  • 11
    Jake Long April 15, 2014, 5:52 pm

    What kind of protein powder did you put in the protein shake? Flavor, and brand, what kinds do you like?

  • 12
    Rebekah {aCricketSang} April 15, 2014, 8:31 pm

    I’ve been slacking this week on the smoothies. Thanks for the inspiration and motivation for this week!

  • 13
    Erin April 15, 2014, 9:42 pm

    love the colors in the photo with the green smoothie and the bright pink flowers from the farmer’s market – definitely inspiring me in a new color combo for jewelry!

    • 14
      Jen April 15, 2014, 9:57 pm

      me too! and yay that i can inspire you! 🙂

  • 15
    Liz April 16, 2014, 12:15 am

    I’d get the pink!

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