Today we’re talking about a very practical way to help our families eat healthier that will please even the the picky eaters among us. I’m here with Jen Hansard who’s the co-founder of Simple Green Smoothies. I bet you’ve probably heard of it. It’s a gorgeous and really popular website dedicated to, you guessed it, green smoothies!
What makes Jen’s approach to healthy eating so great? The Simple Green Smoothie lifestyle does not involve cutting calories or eliminating an entire food group. Instead, it really encourages us to make one simple change, which is to drink one green smoothie a day. Now over one million people have taken the plunge and signed up for Jen’s green smoothie challenge.
A Few Simple Green Smoothies a Day…
Jen’s love affair with green smoothies began during a financial crisis when she needed to keep the doctor (and the bills) away. She wasn’t eager to try those funny green drinks, but smoothies seemed like an easy and economical way to stay healthy.
Many smoothie experiments later, Jen couldn’t believe the difference one green smoothie a day made. Her new discovery grew into a passion for passing on this one simple health habit.
In This Episode You’ll Learn
- Jen’s story of how a simple green smoothie turned out to be a life-changer
- how she went from buying smoothie ingredients on WIC assistance to becoming the CEO of a thriving business
- real-food shopping tips (even on a tight budget)
- how to handle social events (birthday parties, etc.) while eating healthy
- the health habit that’s more important than green smoothies, exercise, or even quitting smoking
- how to make seven green smoothies for under $15
- ideas to start your own green smoothie habit
- ways to build activity and movement into your family’s culture
- and more!
Resources We Mention
- Meet Jen Hansard
- Simple 7-Day Smoothie Challenge
- Book: Simple Green Smoothies: 100+ Tasty Recipes to Lose Weight, Gain Energy, and Feel Great in Your Body
- Book: Simple Green Meals
- Strengths Finder Test
- 2. How to Buy Real Food on a Budget
- 38: The Reality of Real Food
- 54: Baby Steps for Eating Real Food
- 55: Real Food Shopping Tips and Tricks
- How to Get Kids to Eat Healthy Food
- Refreshing Cucumber Lime Veggie Green Smoothie Recipe
- Whey-Free Smoothie Recipes
- Green Superfood Powder: Worth it? (+ How to Find a Good One)
- The Benefits of Sprouts and Microgreens
- How to Grow Broccoli Sprouts (& Why We All Should)
- 7 Fun Ways to Exercise As a Family
- Blender Reviews: Blendtec vs. Vitamix (& Others)
Do you drink green smoothies? What are some of your favorite combinations? Please share! Or, leave a review on iTunes. I value knowing what you think and this helps other moms find the podcast, too!
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