The New Year is a little over a week old and I can already tell it is going to be a great year!
First, I joined Real Food Runner's 7-day green smoothie challenge to kick off the New Year. After the indulgence of the holidays, my body was craving healthy food and I wanted to snap myself back to reality. Head to her blog to check out the green smoothie recipes she and the other participants shared. My go-to green smoothie is the Green Goodness. This time around I made it with kale and threw in some ground flax seed. After my holidays, I definitely needed this challenge and I'm glad that I participated. My typical breakfast is a green smoothie anyways, but I had gotten off track while I was on vacation.
We are also doing the Chris Powell Bod-e 12-week Transformation Challenge. Do I expect to win the prizes - Caribbean cruise, makeover and shopping spree? No. But I'm going to at least try it. Plus, my family is doing it too. It felt like a great excuse for me to come up with some new, healthy recipes for the blog! The Bod-e challenge takes advantage of the incredible products available in the Vemma Bod-e line, which include Burn, Cleanse, Rest, and the new meal replacement shakes! Unfortunately these products aren't yet available in Canada, though the shakes will be shipping in mid-January, but I am still planning to follow the carb cycling plan and once I have the shakes, I will incorporate those as well. Update! The shakes are available in Canada now!
So what does this mean for the blog, well... carb cycling involves alternating high carb and low carb days. That doesn't mean that we are allowed to eat mountains of pasta and bread on high carb days. In fact, it just means we are allowed to have one serving of "smart carbs" at each meal, whereas on low carb days, we only eat "smart carbs" in the first meal of the day. Smart carbs include milk, whole grain breads, fruit (apples, bananas, berries, oranges, peaches, etc.), grains (quinoa, barley, couscous, oatmeal, wild rice), legumes, and root vegetables. And we get one guilt-free day, so you will still see some guilty, delicious things here as well.
The really fun thing about the challenge is that it comes with a free app (available for iPhone and Android) that helps you track your progress, sends you reminders, allows you to create shopping lists for the recipes that are available, and includes daily video messages from Chris and Heidi Powell! And of course, you are encouraged to exercise - Chris and Heidi taught Dr. Oz their 9-minute workout - and apparently it is tough, but great!
Sorry for the lack of pretty pictures today! Just wanted to give you guys an update on what's going on around here. I'll do a round-up of current recipes that work for the Chris Powell challenge and add them to this post later, so definitely check back!