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

A HEALTHY DESSERT THAT TASTES LIKE A TREAT

Our summer holidays were very relaxed. They were filled with ice-creams and not too healthy treats. So now that we are back to school, routine and time-tables, we are also going back to healthy eating and trying to get back into shape (especially me…).
A healthy dessert that tastes like a treat -1
This dessert is one of my kid’s favorites – they call it “my secret recipe”, which is funny because it is not a recipe, there is no cooking, it’s more like an assembly job.

To make this lovely dessert for 2 monkeys, you will need:
– Natural Greek organic yogurt
– Honey
– 10 strawberries
– 2 handfuls of pistachios

1 – Serve 3 tablespoons of yogurt (or as much as you want) in each bowl and add a layer of honey on top.
A healthy dessert that tastes like a treat - yoghurt and honey
2 – Then, chop the strawberries and layer them on top.
A healthy dessert that tastes like a treat - strawberries
A healthy dessert that tastes like a treat - strawberries 1
3 – Peel and crush the pistachios and scatter them on top of the strawberries.
A healthy dessert that tastes like a treat - pistachios 1
Add a child to the mix and see it been inhaled in seconds.
A healthy dessert that tastes like a treat -3
A healthy dessert that tastes like a treat -2
Of course this dessert is not only for kids. Adults are allowed to have it too! Only if they are good 😉

Happy Friday lovely people!
Chaotic Itzi