Kicking Off Seven Days Of Green

by Jen on March 26, 2012

Happy Monday and happy first day of the 7-Day Green Smoothie Challenge!

I kicked off my Monday by teaching BodyPump and then coming home and making a green protein smoothie. I kept it basic for day one. Here’s what we’re working with…

1 cup almond milk
6 crushed ice cubes
2 cups spinach (loosely packed leaves)
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1/2 banana

I loved the bright green color of today’s smoothie. You start to get that weird dark green/brown tint when you add berries (which is tasty but not quite as sightly!). I poured it into a to-go cup and enjoyed it once I got to work. I taught the morning circuit class at Metro and by request we went heavy on the lower body exercises. Lots of lunging, single leg squats and dead lifts and lateral jumping. We threw some pullups in there for upper body work since they’re so effective in targeting pretty much everything.

Alright, as promised…here is the list of participants in the 7-Day Green Smoothie Challenge (with blog links if applicable).

Jen at Peanut Butter Runner
Katherine at Real Food Runner
Bess at Bess Be Fit
Chelsea
Diana at Bubbly and Buttercup
HRCK at HRCK the Herald
Heather at Bake It. Create It. Love It. 
Nicole
Danielle
Lisa
Sam at Sam Bock Illustration and Design
Yuliya
Abby at Sounds Like Canada
Michelle from Shaklee
Lindsey at Cardio Pizza
Agatha at Lifestyle Inc.
Jenny V.
Megan at Fly the Friendly Skies
Whitney at Whit Likes Fit 
Brooke at Exercise for Fries
Kamaile
Kristin
Maggie
Katie
Amy
Miriam at Bellaspire
Courtney at Fitness with a Fork
Ginger
Angie at Living Like Kings
Irene at Love the Fit Life
Tiffany at Drink, Run, Yoga
Cath at Chasing Healthy
Karen
Diane M
Angie
Julie
Bonnie at Life to the Full
Nicole at Portland Traveler
Jennifer
Jackie at That Deep Breath
Lisa at Lisa Lately
Fabiola at Focus on the Breath
Shay at Whine Less, Breathe More
Sophie
Laura
Pam
Russ G. at Russell
Mary Ann
Kelly at Foodie Fresh
Brittany at Banter By Brit
Michelle at From Seed to Tree
Whitney W.
Helen at Running for HHT
Michelle
Jessica
Becca at Southern Runner Gal
Lauren at Fun, Fit and Fabulous
Sarah
Jodie
Lauren at Sugar Britches
*following participants were added on 3/27/12*
Jennifer at Knack for Nutrition
Brooke at Sweats and Sweets
Laurent at Peanut Butter Powered
Win at NC Brewing
Catherine
Alyssa at Fit and Fun In Third
Samantha at The More I Run
Holly
Lindsay E.
Heather A.
Rebecca Y.
Kristin
Stephanie at Nucci’s Nook
McRae
Stephanie at McMania: Our Life As We Know It
Taylor at Anchors and Argyle
Gadabout at Confessions of a Gadabout
Kate G.
Elaina G.
Lisa P.
Julie Anne at Julie Doodles
Jaclyn T.
Lauryn R.
Keri
Suzanne C.
Tracy at Heart Healthy Eats
Tina at Carrots N’ Cake

Let me know if you still want to join or if your name is not on the list and I will add you! :P

Stay tuned…we are finalizing a Facebook page where we can share photos and recipes and use the hashtag #7daygreensmoothiechallenge on Twitter!

Who got green today? What was in your mix!?

And just because I have them edited and ready to go, here are pics of last night’s dinner and today’s lunch.

I made baked eggplant parmesan last night.

I dredged eggplant in four and then dipped it in an egg wash before breading the slices with a mixture of panko, breadcrumbs, Italian seasoning and parmesan cheese. Baked at 400 for about 20 minutes, flipping halfway through. When I flipped, I topped the slices with mozzarella cheese. Served with whole wheat penne pasta and portobello marinara.

Today’s lunch was an egg salad sandwich with avocado, tomatoes, green leaf lettuce, sprouts and Dijon mustard.

Have a great week!

{ 76 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jennifer@knackfornutrition March 26, 2012 at 3:49 pm

I’m so in! I forgot to comment on your last post. I had a green smoothie this morning. Also, I love when I click over to your blog and am greeted by Sullie’s smiling face!

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2 Jen March 27, 2012 at 10:30 am

thanks for participating! and so happy sullie can brighten your day! :)

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3 Brooke @ sweats & sweets March 26, 2012 at 3:58 pm

I’m in! I too forgot to comment on the last post, but I had my green smoothie after my run and P90X. I’m wanting to add protein powder to tomorrow’s, but I’m a little intimidated.

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4 Jen March 27, 2012 at 10:31 am

thank you for participating! try the protein powder! :)

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5 Kamaile March 26, 2012 at 4:07 pm

In my smoothie today I had pineapple, strawberries, spinach, blueberries and soy protein power. So good and filling. Your eggplant parm looks really good!

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6 Jen March 27, 2012 at 10:32 am

yum! i definitely want to pick up some pineapple for some tropical variations.

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7 Carrie March 26, 2012 at 4:21 pm

That smoothie looks great! I often have berries in mine so it’s such a gross green-brown color (still delicious though).

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8 Lauren March 26, 2012 at 4:22 pm

I am in! I had a delicious smoothie this morning. apple, spinach, and banana. simple, but good. My blog is http://www.PeanutButterPowered.com

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9 Jen March 27, 2012 at 10:32 am

thank you for participating! i’ve never added apple. sounds good!

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10 Brittany March 26, 2012 at 4:28 pm

mine included banana, blueberries, spinach and unsweetened vanilla almond milk. i literally made it, cleaned the blender, and snapped photos in less than 5 minutes after a hot vinyasa class and before heading out the door to work!
http://banterbybrit.blogspot.com/2012/03/purple-is-new-green-day-1.html

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11 Jen March 27, 2012 at 10:34 am

awesome! so glad it was a quick, easy and nutritious breakfast!

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12 Win March 26, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Win at ncbrewing.org!

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13 Nicole March 26, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Hi Jen,
I realized I gave you the wrong link for Portland Traveler – here is the new link: http://portlandtraveler.wordpress.com/. I just posted about my smoothie for the day.

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14 Jen March 27, 2012 at 10:35 am

corrected!

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15 Catherine March 26, 2012 at 5:05 pm

1st time posting! I adore your blog. Thank you for the endless workout inspirations and healthy eats. I look forward to it everyday :)
I’m in for the Challenge! This morning my smoothie included spinach, kale, parsley, banana, fresh ginger and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

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16 Jen March 27, 2012 at 10:38 am

catherine – thank you so much for reading and taking the time to comment with such kind words! :)

your smoothie sounds awesome. i love the addition of the parsley, ginger and lemon. yum!

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17 Ginger March 26, 2012 at 5:13 pm

I am in, but I cheated a little. I had my smoothie for an afternoon pick me up. Spinach, strawberries and cucumber! I just mix with water.

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18 Jen March 27, 2012 at 10:38 am

it doesn’t have to be breakfast. afternoon snack is perfect too!

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19 Whitney @ Whit Likes Fit March 26, 2012 at 6:06 pm

I added berries so I ended up with a purpleish smoothie but I promise, there really was lots of spinach in there – blueberries, spinach, almond milk, protein plus peanut flour, greek yogurt and ground flax meal. http://whitlikesfit.com/2012/03/26/better-in-a-mason-jar/

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20 Alyssa @ Fit and Fun in Third March 26, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Had a green smoothie for breakfast this morning! Started my day off right! :)

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21 Lindsey @ Cardio Pizza March 26, 2012 at 6:52 pm

I did add berries to mine and you are correct, the color turns pretty hideous!

I made more a of a juice today with the Vitamix:

In my mix:
roughly 2 cups spinach
1 large carrot
cup of frozen broccoli
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup pineapple

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22 Jen March 27, 2012 at 10:41 am

yum! sounds super nutritious!

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23 Abby March 26, 2012 at 6:57 pm

Mine includes a big handful of spinach, a frozen banana, 3-4 frozen strawberries, a cup of unsweetened plain almond milk, and 2 tbs peanut butter. Thanks for asking everyone to share their recipes! It’s fun to see what other people do with them. I’m excited to try some of the variations posted here!

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24 Jen March 27, 2012 at 10:41 am

i know – i’m loving getting new inspiration for recipes too!

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25 Kristy@RunTheLongRoad March 26, 2012 at 6:59 pm

ha! i added berries to mine last week and the color was heinous but it was so tasty!

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26 Shay @ Whine Less, Breathe More March 26, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Your eggplant looks so yummy! And easy. I think I could make that!

I will post my green smoothie tonight.

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27 Karen March 26, 2012 at 7:37 pm

I made mine for breakfast this morning: Cherries Jubilee protein powder, milk, frozen tart cherries, spinach, and a splash of lemon juice.

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28 Jen March 27, 2012 at 10:46 am

love the cherry spin!

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29 Bess @ Bess Be Fit March 26, 2012 at 8:13 pm

My smoothie mix was the exact same as yours!! Great minds, girl ;) I may have mine for breakfast tomorrow…I like that idea!

Here’s my post with my pics:

http://bessbefit.com/2012/03/26/the-rest-of-my-packed-snacks-green-smoothie-challenge-day-1/

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30 Irene Smith March 26, 2012 at 8:27 pm

my breakfast green smoothie had:
1 banana
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
large handfuls of collards and kale
couple dashes of apple pie spice
scoop of chocolate Shakeology
1 tsp Barleymax
2 TBSP ground flax
water to thin

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31 Jen March 27, 2012 at 10:47 am

apple pie spice sounds yum! love your mix!

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32 Angie March 26, 2012 at 8:35 pm

Green Smoothie for breakfast. I took a picture of it on my way to school but I forgot to send it to you! :0
It consisted of:
12 ounces of almond/coconut milk
half banana
hand full of spinach
4 ice cubes
One scoop of Vegan protein powder
Teaspoon of Maca powder
….so good! Love you, Jen!

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33 Jen March 27, 2012 at 10:48 am

sounds good! thank you for playing along.

we need to make that get together happen soon! :)

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34 Samantha @ The More I Run March 26, 2012 at 8:35 pm

I’m in! I’m wimping out and only going for 5 days though–I need short term commitment! :) My basic green smoothie is spinach, vanilla soy milk, banana (preferred frozen) and protein powder. I had a green smoothie this morning in lieu of my morning cup of coffee!

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35 Jen March 27, 2012 at 10:48 am

you’re brave! i had a smoothie…and coffee! :)

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36 Holly March 26, 2012 at 8:41 pm

I’m in! I had my first green smoothie ever today, and I loved it.

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37 Jen March 27, 2012 at 10:49 am

yes!!!

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38 JennyV March 26, 2012 at 8:50 pm

I had the same mix as you with some cinnamon mixed in :)

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39 Jen March 27, 2012 at 10:49 am

well then i know your smoothie was delicious! :)

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40 Diane M March 26, 2012 at 8:52 pm

I kicked off my day with a Green Monster. In it was almond milk, banana, raspberries, flaxseeds, protein powder & spinach. I’ve missed making them and hope it gets me back in the habit!! So nutritious!

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41 Jen March 27, 2012 at 10:50 am

sounds great! they are so nutritious and such a good snack/breakfast choice during the warmer months.

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42 Lindsay E. March 26, 2012 at 9:17 pm

I’m in for the smoothie challenge too! Today’s was 2 handfuls of spinach, banana, 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, a big scoop of vanilla Greek yogurt and a small scoop peanut butter :). Tomorrow I might break down and add a single thin mint or Oreo… Seriously takes like cookies and cream. Yum!!

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43 Jen March 27, 2012 at 10:50 am

thanks for participating! um…love the cookie idea! :)

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44 Heather A. March 26, 2012 at 9:26 pm

Hi Jen!
Can I please take part in the Green Smoothie Challenge too? ..Today I was lazy and got one from Thrive Juice Bar (in Waterloo, ON) but it counts – and made me decide that it is feasible (and good for me) to make my own to complete the rest of the challenge!
Thanks!!

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45 Jen March 27, 2012 at 10:51 am

of course! thank you for participating! it does still count even if you didn’t make it!

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46 Miriam @ Bellaspire March 26, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Yay!! My shake was the same as yours only mine had PB:) love this!

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47 Jen March 27, 2012 at 10:51 am

peanut butter makes everything better! :)

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48 Rebecca March 26, 2012 at 9:51 pm

I’m in! I commented on FB, but not the blog. My recipe today was 2 c spinach, 1/2 c kale, 1 c almond milk, 1 T almond butter, 1 banana and a pinch of chia seeds. Yum!

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49 Keri March 26, 2012 at 11:21 pm

I have made my own smoothies for a while, and this weekend I finally got the courage to add some spinach after I was inspired by your post. I am definitely doing this daily challenge. I had a chocolate and PB combination today. My husband saw me adding the spinach and about flipped! He thinks I am nuts! Thanks for your wonderful, inspiring blog!

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50 Jen March 27, 2012 at 10:52 am

keri – happy to hear you finally took the spinach plunge! thanks for participating in the challenge and for reading!

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51 Becca B March 27, 2012 at 6:53 am

i made avocado-egg salad with tomato too today. too funny. what a tasty and FILLING combo!

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52 Jen March 27, 2012 at 10:52 am

so good!

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53 Kristin March 27, 2012 at 7:00 am

I’m in too! I usually have a big glass of “green drink” (juiced kale, cucumber, romaine, broccoli stems, celery and apples) for breakfast, which I store for a day or two in mason jars, but in honor of the smoothie challenged I blended my drink with frozen bananas. Yum!

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54 Jen March 27, 2012 at 10:53 am

kristin – that sounds amazing and so nutritious. it’s so nice to get some veggies in at breakfast!

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55 Stefanie March 27, 2012 at 8:36 am

I’m in! I totally forgot to comment on Sunday. Two days down! I need new recipes so I’m excited to see what everyone posts! I’m spreading the word on Twitter (@sdilegge)

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56 Jen March 27, 2012 at 10:53 am

thanks for participating and tweeting!

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57 McRae March 27, 2012 at 9:27 am

I’m in too! Mine yesterday and today were pretty basic – banana, spinach, protein powder and almond milk – delish!

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58 Jen March 27, 2012 at 10:53 am

sounds perfect! simple is good! :)

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59 Stephanie March 27, 2012 at 9:49 am

I’m a day late, but I decided to join the challenge. I had my first Green Monster of the challenge – and of my life – this morning. My recipe: 1/2 c. lowfat plain Greek yogurt, 1/2 c. skim milk, small frozen banana, 1/2 c. pineapple chunks, 1 T. honey, about a third of a scoop of vanilla protein powder, and some ice. Guess what? I liked it! I may risk getting an ugly muddy smoothie tomorrow because I prefer a strawberry-banana flavor.

Stephanie
http://www.mcmania-ourlifeasweknowit.blogspot.com

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60 Jen March 27, 2012 at 10:55 am

thank you for participating stephanie! i’m so happy that you took the green smoothie plunge and tried one for the first time!

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61 Taylor H March 27, 2012 at 9:51 am

I started the 7 day challenge yesterday. My recipe is usually the same, vanilla greek yogurt, almond milk, mixed frozen berries, frozen banana, and handful of spinach!

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62 gadabout March 27, 2012 at 9:53 am

I had my first green smoothie ever yesterday!! Thanks for the push- I have officially added them to my breakfast for the next week.

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63 Jen March 27, 2012 at 10:56 am

yes! so glad you tried it and are going to participate!

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64 Mattie @ Comfy and Confident March 27, 2012 at 9:57 am

I had a smoothie without even realizing the challenge had started! Smoothies are such a great way to get your fruits, veggies and protein in all at once.

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65 Amy March 27, 2012 at 10:02 am

Today my smoothie was:
1 cup spinach
1 cup almond milk
half a banana
pineapple
chia seeds
1 scoop protein powder

I am using protein powder for the first time, but I got soy protein powder. Is there a benefit of whey over soy?

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66 Jen March 27, 2012 at 11:00 am

sounds good! soy protein is great too. there’s tons of research you can read out there about the differences between protein sources!

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67 Laura R March 27, 2012 at 10:37 am

Count me in Jen!! I am already on day THREE (started Sunday)!!

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68 Jen March 27, 2012 at 10:58 am

yay! thanks for participating. i’m on day 3 too – started sunday! :)

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69 Keri March 27, 2012 at 10:47 am

Ahhh…I’m still not on the list! Can you add me? Also, I just booked my first hot yoga class for tonight…I’m nervous (especially since I’m going by myself)! For some reason I thought I should tell you that! :)

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70 Jen March 27, 2012 at 10:57 am

hi keri – i’ll make sure you’re on the list!

good luck with your first hot class. you’ll do great. hydrate today, don’t eat a couple of hours before and know that your first few classes are the hardest as your body adjusts to the heat. take breaks in child’s pose as much as you need to but try not to leave the room unless you have to.

let me know how it goes and if you have any other questions!

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71 Amanda P March 27, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Hello! A couple random questions (unrelated to the green smoothies!) that I’ve been meaning to ask you.
1- How do you prepare your egg salad?
2-We see you lots of yummy looking salads. What dressing(s) do you use?

Thanks and keep up the great work!

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72 Kerry @ Totes My Oats March 27, 2012 at 12:35 pm

That dinner looks yummy!

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73 Tina March 27, 2012 at 1:05 pm

I’d love to join in too! Sorry for the late comment. LOVE this idea! :)

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74 Nicole March 27, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Do you think juicers are worth purchasing? Can I make a juice in a blender and get the same result?

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75 Lisa March 27, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Those eggplant parm bites look divine! Drank my green smoothie for day 1 yesterday, delicious as always :) Time for day 2!

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76 Jon @elements2lead March 27, 2012 at 10:49 pm

Still room on the Greene smoothie bandwagon? I had one with Kale on Monday so I can get back n the train tomorrow and continue!

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