Doing the 30 Day Juicing Challenge? Even if you’re not, you MUST check out this Blueberry Cucumber Smoothie Recipe from Liv Life!
Somedays I stop and realize how much I love having this blog. I always wonder who’s reading it (if anybody) and if any of the information I share really matters? Analytics tell me what people look at, but that’s not nearly as great as hearing from real people! I found Kim on my 30 Day Juicing Challenge, because she posted one of these beautiful photos. She had mentioned the challenge in a post of hers, driving many of her readers to my site. I found her blog and couldn’t help but message her. And it turns out, she’s awesome! She lives in San Diego as well, and with such a similar social charge, it’s only fitting we guest post for each other!
Please take a moment to read Kim’s fantastic post on the Blueberry Cucumber Smoothie she created for the 30 Day Juicing Challenge. It’s definitly next on my list!
Thank you so much Kim, I never knew how much I liked Twitter until now!
Every once in a while someone special crosses your life path at the most opportune moment. Turns out local San Diego girl, Teresa, here at Eat. Drink. Be Skinny, is just the person I needed to meet.
With my 30th High School Reunion as well as a 20th wedding anniversary trip to the Caribbean all coming up in the next few weeks, a couple of pounds around my middle that I’ve planned on taking care of since last Christmas began weighing a little heavier on me. Luckily, a chance retweet brought Teresa’s 30-Day Juicing and Arm Challenges to my attention. Single handedly, Teresa has inspired and motivated me to finally get those pounds under control and to kickstart my return to the gym.
While smoothies have always been a part of our life, I mostly make them for the kids. My daughter, a competitive dancer, is always looking for nutritious foods that can be eaten on the run, and I frequently prepare her smoothies filled with all sorts of goodies from coconut water to various fresh fruits and veggies to flax and nuts. A meal in a cup, and she’s out the door and on her way to another rehearsal.
Taking another look at juices and smoothies after reading about Teresa’s challenge, I’ve been working to reduce the calories in the drinks while increasing the veggies. Now nearly 2 weeks into the challenge, my husband and I have been enjoying it so much that we now find ourselves looking forward to our morning drinks in place of cereal, oatmeal or eggs, and I’m everyday discovering new flavor combos and nutritional ingredients to keep our interest piqued.
After a few days of going green (spinach and kale), it was time to go blue… blueberry, that is. Blueberries enhanced with cucumber and blended with a touch of Greek yogurt proved to be the fresh start we needed to get our morning moving.
Always looking to increase nutritional values, my most recent smoothie/juice ingredient discovery, Camu Powder, boosted our vitamin C levels even higher.
A native of the South American rainforests, the Camu Camu bush produces small, purplish red fruits that are a rich source of antioxidants and powerful phytochemicals which support and enhance health and immunity.
Containing more vitamin C than any other plant in the world (some 30-60 times more than an average orange), Camu Camu berries also contain significant levels of beta carotene, calcium, iron, niacin, phosphorus, riboflavin and thiamin. As finding fresh berries is impossible as far as I can see, dried Camu Powder, which can be found from many online Superfood vendors (as well as good ‘ole Amazon), is my new favorite smoothie ingredient. Here’s hoping it helps us through cold season this year!
Amazingly, just a few ingredients combined can bring not only an extra brightness to the morning, but can also have you well on your way to fulfilling your fruit and veggie quota for the day. But did you find yourself making too much?? Don’t throw it away, pour the extra smoothie or juice into popsicle molds! My teens have come to prefer leftover smoothie pops over other sorts of frozen sugary treats, and I don’t mind serving these pops as an after school snack.
Thanks Teresa… with only a couple of weeks left before my reunion I’ve lost those couple of pounds, and I’ll be toned and ready for the Caribbean. I’m so happy you crossed my path!
Blueberry Cucumber Smoothies
Filled with nutrients and superfoods, this refreshing smoothie brings a extra bit of brightness to your morning!
- 1 1/2 cups chopped cucumber
- 1 cup frozen organic blueberries
- 1 cup Greek yogurt (low or non-fat)
- 2 Tbs (or a really good squeeze) freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp Camu Powder
Place all ingredients into your blender and blend until fully combined. Garnish with a few whole blueberries and straw.
19 years ago I began cooking for my husband. After 7 days of pasta cooked 6 different ways, he arrived home from an errand with a cookbook in hand suggesting I might want to spread my wings and try something, anything, just a little different. Unbeknownst to him, he had just started a collection that years later is still growing…click here to keep reading…
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