Last Monday I have undertaken a 3 Day Smoothie Challenge, ran by The Raw Vision on Facebook. The challenge was based on detoxing the body with the help of green smoothies during the day and raw or lightly cooked dinners in the evenings. No meat, no dairy, nothing processed or cooked and no caffeine or alcohol. I made it through almost easily, except for a few cravings which I had to put aside and concentrate on my smoothies. By the time it ended, I thought ‘Yay! I’m going to eat my toast with hummus and vegetable curry again!’ Only after my usual breakfast, no matter how tasty, I felt too full and heavy. And while cooking my curry I kept thinking that I don’t want to eat this, and when I did eat it I found that it seemed too salty and too much. I wanted something fresh, something juicy, fruity and green. I also bought my favourite Alpro Soya Smooth Chocolate Dessert and finally had a spoonful today… only to find out it is too sweet and unnatural in its taste. What a disappointment! What’s more surprising to it is that by the evening I started craving the Apple Celery Smoothie I’ve been drinking for 2 days in a raw, when I absolutely hated celery!

As for the results of the 3 day challenge – they’re here. I got 2 cm off my waist, 1 cm off thighs, and 2 mm body fat on a skinfold test practically all over my body. Not bad for three days, right? And I absolutely loved the lightness I have felt, the energy and clarity – I’ve had enough of energy to wake up at 5 am and go to bed around 12 at night, not feeling sleepy or tired even once!

But back to the point…

Minty Apple Celery Smoothie

MACS

Chunky, delicately sweet and deliciously fresh.

  • 2 small or medium Apples
  • 1 cupped hand of whole Seedless Grapes
  • 2 Mint leaves
  • 1-2 cups Leafy Greens (Spinach and Kale in my case)
  • 1 cup filtered Water

Simply combine and blend all the ingredients together and enjoy.

Options: For a sweeter smoothie, blend 1 banana instead of grapes; For a less sweet smoothie, omit the grapes. You can also take out mint if you’re not fond of it, or add kiwi for more greenness.


And now my bonus smoothie recipes I made while doing the challenge…

Apple Cinnamon Smoothie

One of the most delicious smoothies to my taste 😉

  • 1 Banana
  • 2 small or medium Apples
  • 200 ml Coconut Milk
  • 1-2 cups Leafy Greens
  • 1 Tbsp. Flaxseed
  • 1 Tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp. Honey (optional – for additional sweetness)

Blend greens in a half of coconut milk, then add chopped fruits, flaxseed, cinnamon and honey. Enjoy the milkshake-like sweetness and creaminess in a glass.

Mango Orange Green Smoothie

This is another of my favourites. It has a sweet tropical taste that reminds more of a dessert than a healthful green smoothie.

  • 1 big or 2 smaller Mangoes
  • 1 Orange, juiced
  • 2-3 Kiwis
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 cup Greens

Step 1: Blend greens adding as little water as possible, then add kiwis and a banana and blend again. Pour into a glass.

Step 2: In a clean blender jug blend together orange juice and mangoes. Pour them over the green layer and enjoy!

For a different option, you could blend all the ingredients together, or if you add more liquid to the green layer and pour it into the glass first, and then pour the mango orange blend, having more density the mango orange blend goes down, mixing just a little with the banana kiwi blend and gives you a perfect sweet touch after green freshness. That’s the way I did it and I loved it!


This is it. The post I wanted to write from the day 1 of my challenge.

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