Getting Into the Smoothie Habit
So, smoothies and juicing seem like a good idea, until you try to do it and you have to buy all these vegetables, and then half of them go rotten and then you’ve wasted a whole bunch of money, a whole lot of time and a whole lot of good intentions.
Worse yet is that your motivation to actually do anything gets reduced each time you “fail” at it.
Here’s what I’ve found works:
Start by picking one recipe. Get the ingredients you need for that, make it for a week, and see how you like it. This way you don’t have to think about it every morning, you get practice at it, it becomes second nature, and you won’t buy a whole heap of ingredients you don’t need.
This is the one I like as a starter. It’s pretty well-rounded, you’ll get lots of ingredients and you don’t need to juice it – you can just blend it into a smoothie. And it’s really tasty!
- 1 stalk of celery, cut into 1” pieces
- 1 cucumber cut into 1” chunks (or 2-3 Kirby cucumbers)
- 2 cups tender young spinach leaves
- 1 apple, cored and cut into 1” chunks
- 1 lime, peeled and quartered
- 3-4 sprigs of Italian flat leaf parsley
- 3 sprigs cilantro
- 3 sprigs mint
- ½ cup filtered water or coconut water as needed
Prep time: 5 minutes
Total time: 5 minutes
My key is making it a habit so it becomes second nature and I don’t have to depend on my brain to make sure it happens. I put in structures in my life. So when I am thinking of it and motivated, I make a grocery list – then I don’t have to remember it all at the grocery store, but I know that it will happen. I print off the smoothie recipe and I stick it in the fridge with the ingredients.
You’ll find that it will become easier and easier to make the smoothie and you’ll soon be making it in your sleep. At that point, you can switch the recipe or add another one in. It’s all about habit forming, and getting positive reinforcement or little wins that make you intrinsically motivated to keep it up. By employing this method, it’s almost like you can’t screw up!