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Green Mango Yogurt Smoothie

I purchased Jilian’s Michael’s 30 Day Shred DVD a few weeks ago.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with the DVD, Jillian Michaels is one of the trainers from the ever popular television show the Biggest Loser.  On her 30 Day Shred DVD there are 3 workouts.  I have only done workout #1.

Week one of doing workout #1 I was able to only do it once.  Every single joint, tendon and muscle in my body hurt so bad.  I was in pain, but I also knew I could either give up or keep going when I knew my body was ready for it again.  So that’s what I did, I waited a good 5 to 6 days to recover, then I did workout #1 again.  I was still sore, but didn’t feel nearly as bad as the first time doing it.

I know that years of not exercising and giving in and giving up to pain has caused my muscles to deteriorate.  I’m only 30, I don’t want to be a weakling!!  Not only that, but what I wouldn’t give to wear a killer pair of size 4 designer jeans.

Slowly, but surely, my weight is starting to drop.  YAY!!  Thanks to exercise, but also thanks to changing my eating habits.

I know I already have a Green Spinach Smoothie recipe posted, but I’m slightly obsessed with Spinach Smoothies right now, so you’ll have to suffer through another post!

I inhale food at night, it’s always been one of my super bad habits, and it’s always been the type of hunger I’ve never been able to satisfy.  Between gorging on everything in sight and craving sugar, breaking out of that mold has been difficult.  Although, one of the things I credit to helping me are these spinach smoothies.

For breakfast, first thing in the morning, I normally have a spinach smoothie.  Spinach is packed with nutrients.  It is rich in vitamins and minerals, and is packed with powerful antioxidants thought to have special anti-inflammatory and and anti-cancer properties.

Bulking up on smoothies packed with nutrition early in my day has helped rid the excess food cravings late at night.  I find myself satisfied throughout the day, instead of experiencing uncontrollable hunger.  I’ve also been making smarter food choices.  Instead of having bread or rice at a few meals a day, I limit myself to having it once during my day (if at all).  I find myself craving healthier food now instead of junk.  It’s a nice change!


This made enough for both of my little girls and I, but would really serve only 2 adults.


3 – 4 cups of organic spinach

1 1/2 – 2 cups vanilla rice milk

1 ripe banana

1/2 – 3/4 cup frozen organic mango chunks

5 large frozen strawberries

1/2 cup plain yogurt (either dairy or non-dairy)

2 tsp dulse flakes, optional

2 TBSP hemp seeds, optional

Puree the spinach, dulse flakes, hemp seeds and rice milk in a blender until smooth.  Add the fruit and yogurt.  Blend until smooth.  Add more rice milk if needed.



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Tuesday 12th of February 2013

[...] you need a recipe for a green smoothie, try this Green Mango Yogurt Smoothie or this Green Spinach [...]

Lauren Adkins (@laurenrca)

Monday 3rd of December 2012

I have recently taken up a GF diet. I've battled with doctors for years, starting at age 15, trying to find answers for various things- 'food stuck in my lower throat/ chest' feeling & joint pain (since I was ~4, at least), shortness of breath, & nausea. I am still batting with them now to help with my most recent struggle- chest pains (along with IBS symptoms, migraines, more nausea, fatigue). I've been through everything and have gotten nothing. I finally came up with the idea (with the help of some family and friends) to try a GF diet. I hate being one of those self-diagnosing people but it's hard not to do it when all you want is answers. And, actually, everything just made perfect sense for gluten to be the problem, or at least a big part of it. The first day I decided to really do, I cried. I didn't know what to do, where to go, what to buy, or what to eat next. But, slowly, it has gotten a little better. I still have moments, esp. while eating out on a date night with my husband, at a pot luck dinner with my church or work, birthday party, etc. that the tears hit me again. I know there are ways around most of it. I know there are 'special' products at the store or I can make things myself. It's still just a big adjustment. I am so used to grabbing toast or muffins for breakfast, getting fast food for lunch, fixing some (or all) processed, precooked foods for dinner. And, now, that isn't so easy. I'm still learning to watch labels, make more fresh foods, plan ahead & pack my meals & snacks, etc. It's a work in progress. I've pretty much lived off of fruit, smoothies, and pudding so far. But, I have to say, though it hasn't been confirmed as the problem by a doctor yet, I feel good! I've had a lot less of my symptoms. I feel like I'm getting better! Since starting this new adventure, I've read tons of blogs from people suffering from intolerances/ allergies/ celiac/ etc. It's the only thing that has kept me going. It makes me realize there are people out there that do it. There are people that are worse than me. There is hope. So, for that, and to make my long story above short- Thank you! Thank you for sharing your story, blog, recipes, etc.


Wednesday 27th of April 2011

Hi Renee! Welcome to MAID in AK! Thanks for the tip on the book - I'll have to check it out! :)


Wednesday 27th of April 2011

I just came across your site and am super excited to try some of your recipes. My daughter recently had to start a GF diet, and we've all changed our eating habits for the better. The more I read, the more I've tried eliminating certain grains, sugar, processed, etc. Just finished reading your smoothie post and want to recommend a book. If you haven't already come across it, "Green For Life" by Victoria Boutenko is an EXCELLENT resource. I could go on and on and on about it....not only does she provide lots of recipes, but most of the book is about why we should do green smoothies. This one little book has more helpful info regarding our health/how body works than any one thing I've come across in my internet searches over the past 4 months....stuff the doctors don't tell you. I promise you would not be disappointed if you got this book! Thank you for sharing all of your wonderful recipes!!!! I can't wait to try the bread!


Wednesday 6th of April 2011

Welcome to MAID in Alaska, stuckinak! Elimination diets are not easy - and can be very overwhelming in the beginning. I certainly remember how overwhelmed I was! Please let me know if I you ever have any questions I can help with. I hope you find the information here helpful!