Sun Dream Orange and Banana Smoothie
(and losing weight again)
Green Smoothie of the week
Take this smoothie, lie back in the sun and taste the fruity, refreshing and zingy flavours of this summery sensation. If you don’t have any sun (like me) close your eyes and imagine the warming power of the sun as you drink this smoothie. It really does awaken all your senses. Today I am also going to give you an update on my weight loss progress and goals.
Weight Gain during pregnancy
After losing 56 pounds and getting down to my ideal weight, I fell pregnant straight away and ended up putting back on about 35 pounds during my pregnancy. Although I was still fairly healthy a lot of the time during my pregnancy I also ate a lot of chocolate around Christmas time before realising it really wasn’t agreeing with me, went out for lots of meals and ended up eating a lot of junk due to moving house and a hand injury which prevented me chopping fruit and veg.
Slow weight loss this time
So after I had my baby I had a lot of weight to lose again but took a totally different approach to the last time I lost weight. The first time I lost 56 pounds I was trying to recover from illness which motivated me to eat a lot more healthily, but after my pregnancy I felt fine and healthy so I wasn’t motivated to lose weight and actually ended up putting on weight due to eating more chocolate again and basically a lot more junk. I wasn’t in any rush though and made very gradual changes to my diet, introducing more and more healthy food as time allowed and making healthier versions of my favourite treats.
A year later my diet is 100% better than it was. I’m more organised with my food and I’m now motivated by the need to make my baby healthy foods, so I make everything from scratch now.
What do I eat now
I always have a Green Thickie for breakfast, sometimes for lunch too, or a soup or salad with home made or raw hummus and rice cakes. For dinner I have a small cooked dinner on a very large green salad. Some evenings I have healthy snacks such as kale chips, smoothies, fruit puddings, popcorn etc. I very rarely eat anything heavily processed anymore and I think this has really helped to shift the weight back down again.
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My current weight
I am now pretty much back to the same weight I was just before I got pregnant, so my old clothes are finally fitting and I’m feeling much better about myself. However I’m a woman, and we all know that women are never happy with their bodies! I was doing loads of exercise before my pregnancy so I think I was actually slimmer and much more toned, and now I don’t get time for much exercise so I’m less happy with my body than I was. And like most women I’d like to lose a few more pounds (maybe 7) and do some major toning up. I’m not in a massive rush though as I’m really enjoying being a Mum at the moment. I could have lost the weight a lot faster if I’d have put my mind to it, but I think losing weight slowly (if you can bear it!) is much better for you, as you have to learn to make long term sustainable changes to your diet. You learn to eat healthily every single day and it’s a part of your life, not just some quick fix diet that you will abandon after your holiday.
Sun Dream Orange and Banana Smoothie
After bringing this smoothie to a baby group that I go to, the consensus was it’s gorgeous, smoothie, refreshing, sweet and summery. I also love it so I absolutely had to share it with you. It’s a really easy smoothie to make with the ingredients most people generally have lying around their homes, oranges, apples and bananas, the most common fruit. Who would have though it would taste so good with these standard ingredients. A little bit of ginger here and a squeeze of lime juice (or lemon juice) there makes all the difference. The original recipe, called Green Machine by Cookie and Cake added some cilantro (Coriander) to it which I happened to have at the time which really gave it an unusual and fresh kick, but you can leave this out if you’re not so keen on the idea or don’t have any to hand.
She says she craves this smoothie day and night and after tasting it I can honestly say I’ve joined her now. I think about this smoothie quite a lot! (Is that sad?)
If you missed my post on how to make orange juice for your smoothie, you can check it out here.
I know many people are curious about how other people manage to lose weight as most of us still want to lose at least a couple of extra pounds. Of course I think it’s great to accept yourself for who you are and not get too hung up on losing weight, but realistically, we can’t help ourselves, we want to talk about weight loss. So I’ll keep you updated on my progress as I strive towards greater health and a beach ready body.
So I have told you all about my second major weight loss journey in the last couple of years. Are you happy with your weight? Do you have any weight loss strategies to share? Let me know if you enjoy this Sun Dream Orange and Banana Smoothie, and I’ll just keep on dreaming of the sun and drinking my smoothies.
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