Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Minty Cucumber Honeydew Smoothie... I finished the challenge!

Minty Cucumber Honeydew Smoothie

October brings to close my participation in the 30-Day Juicing Challenge of September.  With goals of healthier eating and losing a few pounds, I am happy to report resounding success in both areas!  More importantly, I now have a husband requesting his morning "Green Detox Super Drink" and kids who look forward to an after school blueberry or mango smoothie in place of chips and salsa or frozen burritos.  While the official challenge may be over, our move towards healthier foods is not, and I'm ever so thankful to Teresa, of Eat. Drink and Be Skinny, for inspiring us to make better choices.

Closing out our month of smoothies and juices, I have one more new favorite to share, a lovely Minty Honeydew Cucumber Smoothie.  With my mint plant continuing its takeover of my flower bed, I enjoyed snipping a few of his bountiful sprigs to flavor our morning drinks.  Bringing a fresh, clean flavor, the mint combined with lime and sweet honeydew to bring an invigorating start to our day.

During September we shared a number of new smoothie favorites, and I in turn received a few emails and comments stating that juices and smoothies bring "too much sugar and calories into the diet".  I absolutely agree that many smoothies on the market today truly resemble milkshakes more than any sort of health drink, however, I do believe that smoothies and blended fruit and veggie drinks can be a wonderful addition to one's diet - so long as they are used in moderation and with the proper ingredients.

Minty Cucumber Honeydew Smoothie
For us, smoothies bring the addition of fruits and veggies that we wouldn't otherwise have had.  My husband, not a huge salad fan, receives a nice dose of spinach or kale in his morning "Green Detox Super Juice", and my son, not a blueberry fan, amps up his antioxidants with a cupful of our Blueberry Cucumber Smoothie.  That said, serving size is also an issue.  We keep our serving sizes to about a cup to a cup and a half, thereby keeping the calorie count in check.  Drinking pints of smoothie indeed throws the equation out of balance and yes, can bring too much of a good thing.

Personally, I prefer smoothies to juicing as blending a smoothie uses the entire fruit or vegetable thereby keeping the fiber in the serving.  True, the fiber is broken down in the blending process and is not as intact as eating, say a salad, but much of it is still there in addition to vitamins from the skins and seeds (for example blueberries or kiwis).

In any case, this 30-Day Challenge resulted in a big success for my family and we've seen our fruit and veggie consumption increase in volume.  Incorporating a few super foods, such as Camu Camu Powder, Flax Meal, chia seeds and Goji Berries has amped up our nutrition even more, and I'm enjoying the new flavor creations we've been experimenting with (well,most of them anyway...).

Thanks again to Teresa for making a difference for our family and for getting me in shape before my high school reunion.  I'm keeping with the challenge for the foreseeable future... just because I like it.

Minty Cucumber Honeydew Smoothie


Minty Honeydew Cucumber Smoothie
Fresh and clean, this minty green smoothie has been a fabulous start to our day!
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1 1/2 Persian cucumber's, peeled and chopped
1 cup chopped honeydew melon
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
juice of 1 lime
1 tsp torn fresh mint leaves
2 tsp chia seeds (optional)
coconut water to thin as needed

Place all ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth, add a few tablespoons of coconut water if the mixture becomes too thick.  (sometimes our melon was extra juicy and we didn't need the coconut water, other times we did... depends on the juice in the melon and cucumbers).

Garnish with a sprig of mint and enjoy!

14 comments:

  1. Yum Yum Yum!!! I love mint! This would be so refreshing!

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    1. I loved the mint too! It's my new favorite ingredient this season!!

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  2. Wow, Kim, good job! I'm so impressed that you've been able to keep this up. This smoothie looks so good, the color is gorgeous. There's nothing like a reunion as a challenge! :)

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    1. Reunions definitely provide motivation!!

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  3. It's wonderful that you lost weight, enjoyed the juices/smoothies, and then got the healthy habit! It's not easy to change dramatically but if it's within a month it's pretty reasonable. I love honeydew and I wish to drink this up before my morning starts!

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    1. We have increased our veggie intake through this challenge... and I couldn't be more thrilled that the whole family is enjoying it!

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  4. Congratulations on finishing the challenge!! I'm not sure I could do the whole juicing thing. I am embarking on a new diet though, and it has me eating plenty of fruits and veggies ;)

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    1. This is just one juice a day, and I find I look forward to it in the morning. I love starting the morning off with a serving of greens!

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  5. Kim you are so awesome! I'm so glad you found the challenge! Building healthy habits can be hard, I'm so glad you and your family have been so successful!

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  6. Happy for your success, Liv! I love the looks and sound of this smoothie - so refreshing on this hot, dry Santa Ana winds day :)

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    1. Indeed a treat on these hot days! What I enjoyed even more though was the smoothie in popsicle form..

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  7. This looks like the perfect smoothie for the heat wave we've been having! I'm glad your smoothie and juicing challenging was such a success. I enjoyed a mixed berry, spinach, orange smoothie with protein powder this morning. Justbwhatbi needed to fuel me through a day of kids sports in the heat :-)

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    1. We turned them into popsicles and those were even more refreshing on these hot days!

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