Every March, it feels like I am pulling myself out of a pit of crappy health and way too many months of cold, dark, damp weather, and if you live here at the shore, you know that with the weather we have had, this year is no different! I don’t know about you, but it feels to me like it has been raining for 87 years. I cannot understand how people live in year-round rain, like Seattle or London. We, here in Atlantic County, are beach people. We don’t thrive in gloom and darkness. We come to life in sun, sand, and salty air. As such, I always find myself needing a total recharge in March. That recharge comes in the form of a giant cup full of green awesomeness and good vibes.
I use the month of March to replenish my depleted body with the vitamins and nutrients that it is missing, due to the over-abundance of carbs and sugar and lack of anything green or healthy… anyone else? Come on, somebody! Enter the Green Smoothie. I have found that blending nutrient-rich leafy greens with other veggies, fruit, and liquid (yogurt, coconut water, almond milk, etc.) bring my body and mind back to life. It is a total rejuvenation! For 31 days, I commit to consuming a homemade green smoothie every single day. By the end of the month, I almost don’t even recognize myself. My skin is radiant, my hair is shinier, my energy level is sky-high, my mental clarity is improved, my sleep is deep, my wake is easy, I’m usually a bit more trim, I begin to crave healthier foods, and I feel unbelievably freaking awesome. I decided that I just couldn’t keep this magic to myself, so I created The Sciarretta Collection’s Green Smoothie Challenge!
I designed the Green Smoothie Challenge as a way to involve my friends, family, and community in my own March Recharge, in order to promote health and good vibes in their homes and families. The Green Smoothie Challenge is simple, easy, cheap, and delicious! The only costs are ingredients and a blender (which by the way, mine was $40 at Walmart and works like a charm). I direct participants to register right on my website (thesciarrettacollection.com/events/green-smoothie-challenge) and from there, I send out tips, tricks, recipes, and motivation for 31 days. This year, I have created a program, so that participants can join at ANY time of year, if they need a recharge!
I can’t lie, it is a bit scary to see how much change happens, just from nourishing my body properly. If you’re a parent like me, you know that healthy eating is just about last on the to-do list for most of the year, so it’s important for us to take time to stop and reset. If you go too long without proper nutrition, it will creep back up in awful ways, like chronic disease, illness, aches and pains, low energy, moodiness, etc. I’d like to encourage you all to join our community, take charge of your health, and consider taking the challenge yourself or with your family or team! (Of course, as with anything health-related, it is always important to discuss the benefits and risks with your physician.) All you have to do is commit to drinking 1 green smoothie or green juice per day for 31 days, and I’ll help you along the way! No charge, no gimmicks, no magical potion… well it is a magic potion, sort of! I truly believe that if you can conquer one small healthy habit in your life, you can move on to conquering the harder things and creating more healthy habits. The Green Smoothie Challenge is one easy way to start that cultivation. Register for The Green Smoothie Challenge and receive recipes, tips, motivation, and more by visiting: www.thesciarrettacollection.com/events/green-smoothie-challenge. Until next time, I am sending you peace, love, and good vibes, my friends!
What makes a green smoothie?
Leafy greens of your choice spinach, kale, collards, swiss chard, etcOther veggies of choice: carrot, cucumber, beets, etcFruit of your choice (I almost always use bananas and one or more of the following: pineapple, mango, berries, cherries, papaya, avocado, apple, etcLiquid of your choice: yogurt, coconut milk, almond milk, ice, water, etcExtras: chia seed, flax seed, protein powder, hemp seed, cacao powder, etc
Here are just a few of the benefits of green smoothies:
Increased energyImproved digestionImproved mental clarity and focusSupports overall healthImproved moodGlowy skinShinier hairImproved hydrationWeight LossClearer visionBoosted nutritionBoosted Immune SystemReduced cravings for the bad and increased cravings for the good!Purifies bloodReduced depression and anxietyGeneral feeling of health, wellness, and good-vibeynessOh, so much more! Don’t forget to let us know how it improves your life!
My Favorite Green Smoothie Recipe:
1-2 big handfuls of spinach1 banana1 mango3-4 Strawberries1 CarrotOrganic plain full fat yogurtTbsp chia seeds