So Brian and I are starting a new healthy kick/low calorie diet. He’s trying to loose some weight for a race he’s competing in this spring, and I figured I’d jump on board. Counting calories has definitely opened up my eyes to what I’m putting into my body, I’ve been surprised by a number of things! That being said, I’m much less concerned about making my calorie goal and loosing weight, and more concerned with balancing my diet and making sure that I get all the right percentages of necessary nutrients. Once I started tracking my calories I was surprised that I never, or rarely ever, met my goals for Potassium, Vitamin A and C, Calcium, or Iron.
The first thing I did was to add a Daily Women’s 1 a Day Multivitamin. This is something I should have been doing all along anyways, but that really helped to boost my Calcium, Iron, and Vitamin levels. Along with that I’ve been trying to add fresh produce and healthier choices. We’ve been really good about cooking dinner at home and only occasionally eating out at restaurants or ordering take out. We’ve also been picking up lower calorie “snacks” (like the 100 calorie packs) at the grocery store, or snacking on things like raisins, rice cakes, celery, etc instead of potato chips or cookies.
I’ve been cruising around looking for some smoothie recipes the last few days. I went through a pretty big smoothie kick this summer, which was a great way to get lots of good fruits and veggies into my diet, so I decided to give it a go again. Today I tried a cucumber melon smoothie. It was pretty good, but I’m not 100% if I would make it again. I would like to try another cucumber based smoothie though.
Regardless, it was pretty easy to make, and was tasty, just not in large quantities. Serves about 4, 2 if you want a large glass.
All you need is:
1/2 honeydew melon, chopped
1 large cucumber, peeled and cut
1/2 cup water
1 cup ice, crushed
4 tablespoons honey
Stick in the blender, give it a whirl, and you’re ready to go!
It made a pretty green, and is packed full of potassium and Vitamin C, as well as other good stuff 🙂
Any other healthy smoothie recipes to share?