Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A Lean Green Machine

Cyclists are constantly seeking ways to make our feather-light bikes just a little bit lighter and faster. Even if your bike only weighs 17 lbs, you'll lay down a big wad of money to shave off another few ounces, and maybe get it down to 16.5.

Well, how about making the cyclist a little lighter and faster? That's been my focus lately. I'm thinking I can drop more than just a few ounces, too.

Part of what I'm doing to get lighter is that I'm eating differently. I've started drinking my vegetables.

My mother-in-law suggested we try this green smoothie recipe.  I think it was introduced a couple of years ago by Dr. Oz.  You know, the wizard.

So, we've been giving it a try...a half glass in the morning. One look at the ingredients will tell you that this is some seriously healthy stuff; high in fiber and vitamins, low in calories.

It takes some effort just to chop up all the fresh vegetables and fruit, then you mash it up in a blender for a while. I'm not convinced it really qualifies as a smoothie, however. It's still a bit gritty and grassy-tasting.

But you know, now that a few of those stubborn pounds have suddenly fallen off, this stuff doesn't taste half bad!



Jessica said...

*raises eyebrow* doesn't taste half bad? It sorta looks all bad... it's green... blech!
Naw, just kidding. I've found that eating better really is the key to losing that weight. I'm still fighting those old habits though. (she says as she crams a donut down her throat!) It's a slow road, but hopefully one I won't have to travel again. Good for you for lightening your "load"!

Salem Tri Team said...

do you have a vitamix? I use it twice a day now:
Here's the recipe:

spinach (one and a half handfuls)
apple juice
Greek yogurt
Quarter Cucumber
Frozen Strawberries
Frozen Blueberries
protein powder (vanilla)
Raw egg (hasn't made me sick yet)
Special Kelly Vitamin Drink

You get your iron, your three different sources of protein, antioxidants, potassium, great 6th meal (dessert)

Kelly Carlisle said...

J: I hope you've recovered from your cold! And yes, I agree about the fight with old habits. You know, it's funny how you start seeing food differently over time, though. Donuts don't have the appeal they used to. I'd much rather have a piece of whole grain toast with peanut butter. How sick is that?!?

S: Thanks for the suggestion. What's it taste like? I'd have to skip the egg...severely allergic. Maybe tofu would be a good replacement and I'd still get the protein?

Jessica said...

Um... that's pretty sick... LOL!I have noticed that certain things no longer have a hold on me. Some things always will though (chocolate). I'm okay with that as long as I can learn the whole moderation thing.
I feel MUCH better, thanks. Looks like Eric has it now. He's at the doc right now and will probably be on meds tonight.