LOSING WEIGHT WITH SMOOTHIES – WEEK 2 : SPINACH & KIWI

This week’s smoothie for my personal challenge of Losing Weight with Smoothies is (drums roll for dramatic effect…)  a Spinach & Kiwi Smoothie!!!

I am already in my second week of my personal challenge for February and I am delighted to say that I have lost 1.5 kg last week (3,30 lbs), 50% more of what I was planning, so feeling pretty good about myself, I have to say. And all thanks to smoothies! who would have thought?
Lose weigh with smoothies - Spinach and Kiwi Smoothie @ OrganisingChaosBlogI have to admit that the first week was easier than anticipated. In all honesty, I was worried that I would get bored with effectively having the same lunch every day but I didn’t. The kale & pineapple smoothie kept me full until dinner and I didn’t even feel like snacking between meals. I think that also knowing that in every smoothie I was getting plenty of nutrients, vitamins and all sort of goodness helped me stay strong until dinner.

The dinners were had with my family. The same dinner as everyone so no extra work. On Tuesday I even shared a brownie with Mr B after dinner! And I still have managed to lose weight, so I am truly delighted and very much fired up for the second week!
Lose weigh with smoothies - Spinach and Kiwi Smoothie @ OrganisingChaosBlogAs predicted, the weekend was the most difficult time to fit the smoothie into my diet but with a bit of thinking ahead I made it work. It’s all about being prepared. I have been making the smoothie in the morning and I take it with me if I am going out so there is no chance of being tempted while out shopping, or if you feeling hungry earlier than usual – there smoothie is right there with me

This week smoothie is another nutritional delight full of vitamin C, iron, folic acid and calcium, and also delicious, because there is not point in drinking something super healthy if it tastes yucky, right?
Lose weigh with smoothies - Spinach and Kiwi Smoothie @ OrganisingChaosBlogWEEK 2 : SPINACH & KIWI SMOOTHIE

100 ml of coconut milk
1/2 cucumber
1 banana
1 kiwi fruit
2 cups spinach
1/2 teaspoon chia seeds
1 to 2 scoops of vanilla protein powder

The cucumber and the kiwi make this smoothie so fresh!
Lose weigh with smoothies - Spinach and Kiwi Smoothie @ OrganisingChaosBlogThe original recipe of this smoothie does not include chia seeds or the protein powder so feel free to leave out. I like adding chia seeds to any smoothies as they are high in omega 3 and healthy, and the protein powder bulks it up and helps me stay full until dinner.

I am so ready for this week’s challenge. What about you?

Chaotic Itzi

LOSING WEIGHT WITH SMOOTHIES – WEEK 1: KALE & PINEAPPLE SMOOTHIE

I have been wanting to lose some weight for a while. I usually start the week full of good intentions but, as it happens,  the week rarely goes according to plan and on average the diet goes out the window by Thursday. Now, I have never nor I will ever be a person enslaved to diets or food plans. Life is too short for that. But I would like to shed some weight so…

I decided that the best way for me to stick to some sort of plan is to set myself a public challenge so there is so backing down. Name and shame, people, it’s the only way forward for me…

My goal is to lose 4 kg in a month (or 8.81 pounds). I believe that 1 kg a week is an achievable target and it can be managed with healthy diet and without starvation, which is very important in family life and to guarantee the survival of the rest of the family, if you know what I mean… As smoothies are easy to make, quick, versatile and delicious,(see previous recipes here, here and here) I decided I would go with green smoothies for this challenge.

So the plan is: substitute my daily lunch for super healthy, protein filled and delicious smoothie that will fill me with plenty of nutrients and enough energy to keep me going until dinner where I will be able to enjoy it with my family. Kale and pineapple smoothie @ OrganisingChaosBlog

I am thinking that Monday to Friday will be easy enough to follow the plan and drink the smoothies at lunchtime. However, I’d imagine the weekend will be harder. I will be enlisting Mr B and friends to support me and to help me stay strong through the challenge.

If you want to join me, I will be posting one smoothie recipe a week and I will keep you updated during the week by twitter and Facebook with a more in-depth report (I know you like those ones) every Monday this month. I will not, however, be posting my before and after weight. Nope. Too embarrassed.

My personal challenge - Week 1 @ OrganisingChaosBlog

GREEN FEBRUARY 
WEEK 1: KALE & PINEAPPLE SMOOTHIE

2 cups of chopped kale leaves, stems removed
1 cup of unsweetened almond milk (or any other milk you prefer)
1 banana (frozen if you want)
1/2 cup low-fat Greek yogurt
2 slices of pineapple
1 teaspoon peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon chia seeds
1 to 2 scoops of vanilla protein powder (not in the photo)
Kale and pineapple smoothie @ OrganisingChaosBlogKKale and pineapple smoothie @ OrganisingChaosBlogBlitz and enjoy. It is delicious. 2 pieces of fruit, 1 serving of vegetables, omega 3, calcium and good source of vitamin B6, fiber, calcium,potassium and vitamin E. And, I know you are wondering, the taste of kale is not at all dominant in it, but it works so well with the rest of the ingredients.

Well, are you coming to the green side with me? Come on! It’s only a month! and it’s the shortest month!

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Much appreciated. Thank you!

Chaotic Itzi

HIGH PROTEIN BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE : PEANUT BUTTER AND BANANA

HIGH PROTEIN BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE : PEANUT BUTTER AND BANANA

The following words might come as a surprise to you, so please be ready. I have been exercising. Yes, it is true. I recently signed up for a boot-camp. The first few days were very hard and insanely painful – the kind of pain that comes from muscles that you didn’t even know you had! Thankfully I am passed that stage now and I am actually enjoying it now. Ok, maybe not enjoying the exercise itself but the satisfaction that comes after having exercised.
Organising Chaos Blog - High Protein Breakfast Smoothie
I have been trying to alter my diet. Not massively, we eat fresh and healthy at home. One thing I am trying to do is increase my protein intake but as I have been trying to cut down in animal protein for the last year, I have been looking for nice recipes to add protein in different ways. A delicious and very versatile way of adding protein to your diet is through smoothies.
Organising Chaos Blog - High Protein Breakfast Smoothie
Organising Chaos Blog - High Protein Breakfast SmoothieSmoothies are my favorite breakfast option. I have never been a breakfast person. It is one meal I could always skip. Monday to Friday, we are usually in too much of a rush to sit down and have breakfast so a smoothie is a great option for me. I can take it around the house while we all get ready . It is a breakfast on the go and it doesn’t even require chewing! (yes, i am that lazy!!)

This smoothie is not only delicious but it will also keep you full and energized for the entire morning. 2 tablespoons of peanut butter into your smoothie will provide you with 7 grams of protein and infinite grams of yumminess.
Organising Chaos Blog - High Protein Breakfast SmoothieOrganising Chaos Blog - High Protein Breakfast SmoothiePEANUT BUTTER AND BANANA BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE
1 small ripe banana
5 raspberries
1 1/2 cups of milk
1/4 cup of smooth peanut butter
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoon chocolate syrup (optional)

This high protein smoothie will keep your sugar levels balanced all morning and away from cravings.
Organising Chaos Blog - High Protein Breakfast Smoothie
Have you got a favorite protein smoothie? Share with us!
Chaotic Itzi

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HEALTHY CHOCO RASPBERRY SMOOTHIE

In my head, smoothies represent everything that is healthy in the world.
Healthy Choco Raspberry Smoothie - OrganisingChaosBlog
If the boys are going to a birthday party where I know they are going to eat junk food (sausages, chips, pizza, sweets, cakes… the usual), I always give them a big smoothie with as much fruit, organic yoghurt and honey beforehand to make sure that they have something nutritious and full of vitamins to balance the meals out. It is the same for us. If I am planning a night out or to get a take-out, I would make myself a smoothie before for a guilt free enjoyment later on.

This healthy CHOCO RASPBERRY SMOOTHIE feels a bit naughty because it has chocolate. It is of course dark chocolate (70% coco). Dark chocolate is full of antioxidants, it is very nutritious and it may improve brain function. It is also he healthiest and most delicious chocolate in the entire world.
– 1 cup Almond Milk
– 1/4 cup Dark Chocolate
– 1/2 cup Fresh Raspberries
– 1/2 cup fresh Strawberries
– 1 tbspn Honey
Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie - OrganisingChaosBlog
Blend away, pour and enjoy your healthy (and ever so slightly naughty) smoothie.
Choco Raspberry Smoothie - OrganisingChaosBlog
I think this is going to be our new favorite smoothie for picnics and day trips. It will be added to our picnic menu (the boys’ idea, I promise).

Have a healthy day 😉
Chaotic Itzi

KALE AND BERRY SMOOTHIE

I usually start the year full of promises of a healthier life style for myself: eat more fruit, exercise more, enjoy the great outdoors more often…  I am usually very good the first month but as we settle back into the daily routine of school, extra curriculum activities, meeting friends and so on, these promises start fading and I revert to my normal (ie. previous) lifestyle.
Kale and berry smoothie 1
I find that the only way to make a real change into my lifestyle is by making it a habit, making time in my daily routine to add whatever I want to incorporate into my day and keep doing it consistently for a month. After a month, it no longer feels like an additional task, but it is already part of my routine.

I have been taking warm lemon water every morning for a while now. At first, I really had to remember to do it as my first impulse was to go for the coffee, but it is now part of my daily routine and I feel great. In addition to this, I wanted to introduce a smoothie into my schedule. Smoothies feel like a treat to me because they tend to be sweet and tasty so it should be easy enough to do it. Ingredients for Kale and berry smoothie
This Kale and Berry Smoothie is super tasty and healthy, and we often have the ingredients in the house. Kale is the new super food and it provides excellent sources of antioxidant vitamins A, C and K. Berries are also a great source of vitamin C which supports your immunity.
Probiotic milk for smoothies
Kale and berries smoothie
KALE & BERRY SMOOTHIE
* 1 Cup of frozen berries
* 1 Handful of kale
* Juice of 1 orange
* 100 ml of probiotic milk.
Kale and smoothie smoothie 2
Although I always thought that a smoothie were a morning drink but  I think they are ideal for the afternoon, that time between lunch and dinner when your energy levels are dropping and you are a bit hungry. It would be a perfect “pick me up” super healthy drink.
Kale and berry smoothie 1
What about you? Is there something you want to introduce into your routine?
Let me know.

Have a great weekend,
Chaotic Itzi