Vedged Out 2013 Green Smoothie Challenge Day 1

Traditional GreenTraditional Green Smoothie

All recipes in this post can be found here in the printable 2013 Vedged Out Green Smoothie Challenge

If you missed the intro, read it here

Have you guys started yet!?! So many people are doing this. My intro post on Friday had the most traffic that I’ve seen on this site EVER. Looks like we all want to get healthy!

One thing I didn’t mention in the printable plan. If you want to track your weight, weigh yourself before you start. The best time to do that is in the morning, after you go to the bathroom (1&2) and before you shower, preferably unclothed. This is your resting body weight. You don’t need to weigh yourself everyday, but if you want to see how well you do, at least weigh yourself at the beginning and end of the challenge.

Trational Blend Breakfast of Champions!

Hummus

Snackage for the day, 1/2 C. Hummus with raw vegetables. I forgot to add 1/4 C. lemon juice in the recipe on the printable plan. It’s updated now. If you don’t have a power blender, you may need to make this recipe in your food processor.

Vegan Ranch and Fire Roasted SalsaVegan Ranch and Fire Roasted Salsa for my Salad today.

Fire roasted Salsa:  (not in printable plan) 1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes, 1 clove minced garlic, 1 small can fire roasted diced green chilies, 1/2 small onion diced, 2 T. lemon juice, 1 t. sea salt, 1 t. sriracha, 1/2 C. chopped cilantro. Pulse until combined.

Black Bean SaladBlack Bean Salad for Lunch

Black Bean Salad:  1/2 head chopped romaine lettuce (you can use a full head if you can eat it all!) 1 C. cooked or sprouted black beans, julienned carrots, sliced red bell pepper, 1/4 C. vegan ranch and 1/4 C. fire roasted salsa.

Razzleberry LemonadeAfternoon Meal: Razzleberry Lemonade, you may need more stevia for this one, it’s powerful.

Razzleberry Lemonade Blend

You can make all your meals in the morning so you’re not blending all day.

DSC_0001Dinner tonight: Smoky Vegan Split Pea Soup

I have this simmering in the slow cooker right now, it’ll be ready tonight, I’ll update the photo to one without bread then so you don’t get tempted to cheat ;)

Don’t forget to fit in an hour of cardio at some point today. I’ll be running on the treadmill for 30 minutes and doing hill intervals for another 30 minutes since it’s 12°F and there’s over a foot of snow outside.

calories

Stats for the day: slightly low in calcium, but everything else looks awesome!
Target:
Eaten:

Calories

under 1,400
1247x

Carbohydrate

over 245 g
245 g 73%x

Protein

under 60 g
57 g 17%x

Fat

under 20 g
14 g 10%x

Water

over 8 glasses
sx
Target:
Eaten:

Dietary Fiber

over 25 g
73 gx

Saturated Fat

under 16 g
1 gx

Trans Fat

under 2 g
0 gx

Cholesterol

under 300 mg
0 mgx
Sodiumunder 1,500 mg
Target:
Eaten:

Sugars

under 100 g
83 gx

Vitamin A

over 2,333 IU
3540 IUx

Vitamin C

over 75 mg
467 mgx

Calcium

over 1,000 mg
877 mgx

Iron

over 18 mg
18 mgx

Did anyone else notice the 73 Grams of Dietary Fiber?!?

Don’t forget to drink plenty of lemon water and unsweetened herbal teas!

Click here to view Day 2 of the Challenge

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93 responses to “Vedged Out 2013 Green Smoothie Challenge Day 1

  1. Look at all this amazing work you’ve done Somer! Well done! I enjoyed a lovely smoothie this morning with pineapple, apple for fiber and pectin, and I added ice and a handful each of parsley & wtercress – it was yummy! Thought of you :)

    • Shira! Thanks. I put my heart into it, but I really think things like this can be a jump start to help people learn to eat healthy and then change their lives! I’ve been getting some amazing emails and comments. Makes it so worthwhile! I love your smoothie! I haven’t put herbs except for mint in my smoothies, I need to get to it! xx

      • I totally agree with you on the jump start – it is an excellent gateway to feeling better and often just a few days can really turn things around and get people going – I am with you 100% on that!
        In addition to smoothies, their is a French method called re-casting which involves drinking leek soup for 2 days. Both of these methods further affirm for me the idea of fasting as both could be considered ‘going without’ and I try to practice them as often as possible.
        You are inspiring many with your energy, and I love your heart. XO

        • This is exactly the right train of thought. My grocery budget is through the roof with all the produce, but I’m definitely abstaining from many things and feel like I’m on a sort of fast/detox. It’s fantastic.

  2. hi somer, I am in and excited. Not a vegan at all but rather quite the omnivore (just limit myself to healthy foods). But my favorites are always vegetables! So far so good. But, tell me, do you have to do 2 smoothies? I would be happier with just one in the morning. Also, only gained 2 lbs over the holidays but would like to loose 10 none the less. I’ll let you know how i do!

    • You could do one, but you wouldn’t get all the nutritional benefit unless you break it down and have the greens raw and the fruit separately. This will totally help you on the way to your 10 lb weight loss.

  3. yeahhhh!! thats a nice shot for blendtec;)
    this challenge looks so amazgin with all your work. the calculations and everything. super mom and super awesomeness.. keep on going!

  4. Oh my gosh Somer – what a feast!!!
    The perfect plan!! I hope you turn it into a book :-)

  5. Can I just say “I love you!” I have it printed out. I just started my fitness challenge today. I poured over your recipes and they are “my kind of thing”, looks sane and healthy and good tasting. I can’t wait to just feel good. Even if weight loss is not a huge success I still know it’s good food going in.

    • Love you right back! I needed this bad right now. I do this type of cleanse quarterly. It always helps me get right back on track. Everything is tasty! I promise! Thanks so much for your comments Birgit :)

      • You did a lot of work on the documentation and creativity coming up with it and a lot of research I am sure. I am very grateful! It looks amazing. I can’t wait to try it out today. I already made my own smoothie this morning and a vegetable soup for lunch but I am going to try one of the dinner suggestions, probably black bean salad. :-)

  6. I missed this post earlier but way to go! This is a well planned out cleanse and I am sure you will feel awesome doing it!!

  7. Didn’t think about making that delicious salsa! A great way to break up the hummus days. We just finished a big bowl of the black bean soup alongside raw veggies and hummus; looking forward to our afternoon green smoothies (post-workout) and a gigundo salad for dinner! Have a wee bit of a detox headache happening – tho’ that may be from the inversion smog…

    • I usually get the detox headache. It’s weird having grain withdrawal! It could very likely be from the inversion as well though. So gross. I can’t stand store bought salsa now, so of course, the oliveless version had to appear here :) How’d you like the black bean soup? I think it’s going on my menu tomorrow…

      • It’s super! I only had a 1/2 cup of nootch. How did that happen?! I’m waiting for the grain withdrawal…we eat grains every morning, bread w/ lunch, sometimes bread w/ dinner. Kel and I have been talking about going grainless to see how our bodies reacted – this is a great way to do it.

        • Yeah, the only grain is in the quinoa minestrone, but it’s a small amount and it’s a gluten free grain. Plus you don’t even have to do that soup.

          I heart grains, I don’t think I ever want to give them up for reals…..

          Girl, you need nooch. Get thee to Whole Foods!

  8. GiRRL_Earth

    Somer, I am having technicals with printing the recipes. Is it me?

  9. Somer, I decided to “ease in” to the challenge over the weekend, not following it completely, but smoothies for breakfast and soup for supper. Your Smokey Split-Pea Soup is Amazing, BTW! (As is the Vegan Ranch Dressing)

    Imagine my surprise when I weighed in this morning and was DOWN 2.5 pounds!!! I am under 250 pounds for the first time in years!

    Starting today I am completely following the plan, and feeling great! I can’t wait, pun intended, to see what the scale says next Monday!

  10. Aimee B.

    I have the smoky split pea soup in my slow cooker too. Great minds, lol! :)

  11. Way to promo one of the best blenders, Blendtec!

  12. GREAT POST!!! And all looks super delish!!!

  13. Wow Somer! Thank you for all the work. So many beautiful photos. It’s very inspiring. I woke up this morning with a cold, so cardio might be out today, but I everything else is going well. Thank you!!!

  14. Your pictures are amazing. Makes me want to get out there and get the high power blender I keep procrastinating about :) Do you have any regrets on your Blendtec? I need one that fits under counters…

  15. 73 grams of fiber? Lol……eek!

    • What you think happens doesn’t ;) But 73 grams of fiber is a freaking awesome way to pull all that artery clogging cholesterol out of the body!

  16. Love it! Green smoothies have become a staple in my everyday diet. I even had them over the holiday’s even though I ate a bunch of disgusting/delicious food during Christmas. This morning I used dandelion greens and it was great. A little bitter, but agave or any other sweetener can suffice.

  17. Now that I have a food processor, I have no idea why I buy salsa. I’m going to try out your recipe – you make it seem easier than buying it pre-made!

  18. Reblogged this on Canned Time and commented:
    Have you checked out the awesome Smoothie guide that Somer at Vedgeout.com has for us? I’ started my smoothie challenge a little early because of my work schedule and it’s going great….Somer has done all the work for us and has tons of info on how to make the pounds fall off. Thanks so much Somer !! Check it out and get blending today……..

  19. Heather

    I wish I could find a challenge like this for people who want to gain weight in a healthy manner! I am trying to pack on some pounds rather than shed them. Looks like a great program, though!

    • Heather! You just need to increase your calories! You could still eat this clean plan, plus add whole grains and sweet potatoes to meals. Add almond butter, tahini or peanut butter to the smoothies. My favorite”treat” smoothie consists of bananas, almond butter, cacao powder, hemp seeds and soy milk.

  20. So awesome, Somer! This all looks fabulous and super healthy!! I need to try that fire roasted salsa. It’s right up my alley for sure. I can’t wait to hear what kind of results you and everyone else has after a week!

  21. wow this is awesome ! i cant wait to try these i been on suchh a green smoothie kick even though its cold out i feel so refreshed after drinking them !

  22. Wow! This is fantastic. The plan is excellent. You put so much work into it. Thank you very much for sharing all of this awesome information. I’m looking forward to trying it out! :) Everything sounds super delicious and satisyfing.

  23. You’re so lovely, Somer, I love the way you inspire us all! I might even try a green smoothie this week in your honor. :)

  24. Tina

    Yum!! I have a cruddy blender, but the plan someday is to get a Vitamix (we’re coffee addicts as well, we have the fancy machine, but my husband prefers blended drinks, and my blender is good for the occasional smoothie, but not much more than that!)
    Definitely going to have to bookmark some of these recipes . This whole post makes me hungry! haha

    • Even the cruddy blenders can do most of this. You just need to use lukewarm water in the smoothies to defrost the frozen fruit a bit and omit the ice. I promise the smoothies will still be cold! But a Blendtec or Vitamix is definitely a worthy kitchen investment.

  25. Lizzie

    Hi Somer! I’m in Melbourne, Australia and I stumbled upon your blog just the other day and found this post-Christmas eating plan… I’m super psyched to add gluten-free to my vegan. I plan to do it for a couple of weeks. Thanks so much for the time and effort you’ve clearly put into this, especially the printable version. I’ll probably mix up the soups with similar options (just so the plan has a bit more longevity!) I also found this which is a handy resource for those wanting to jump on the green smoothie bandwagon! http://www.oatmealinmybowl.com/the-kitchen/30-delicious-green-smoothie-recipes/

    Thanks again, with love from Oz! Lizzie x

    • Yay! I lived in Oz for a couple of years and went to MacQuarie Uni in Sydney in the late 90’s. Met and married my husband there too! So glad you’ve found this. I’ve made all the new recipes through the week gluten free as well. I’ll be doing it perhaps for the whole month of January. Let me know how you go with it! :)

      • Lizzie

        Somer, you’re a gun! Look how many people have commented about this and you respond to ALL of us! Amaze-o! It’s so awesome to hear about people who have lost so much weight on this challenge! I’m doing it just to feel good really, but I want to commend you on how enthusiastic you’ve made so many people around the world to give this a go. I spent yesterday prepping all the food (as far as literally chopping up pineapple and freezing in smoothie-sized portions) so that I’m not stressed through the week. All my spinach and kale is washed and prepped… and three of the hot meals have been cooked and frozen in portions so I can grab one straight out of the freezer and defrost when I get home from the gym after work. I’m so excited! It’s all ready to go and so am I as of when I wake up tomorrow :) BANG! And you’re doing all of this in winter where you are! Freezing, snowing winter! Well I’ve nothing to complain about have I?! I’m on it!!! Thanks again Somer – you truly have done an incredible job.

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  28. Meg

    I would love to give this a shot but have a major problem with bananas as any hint of their flavor induces gagging! Would you suggest any alternative (banana-free) smoothie recipes?

    • You could leave the banana out and sub with a creamy type fruit like mango or peach, but in most smoothies you can’t taste it, although I absolutely adore bananas, so you might not have the same experience.

  29. Literally just talked about starting back on green smoothies now that spring has arrived. Putting the root veggies to rest for the summer.

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  31. Just found your site yesterday, browsed recipes and found THIS! Not only am I starting tomorrow, but have two friends and my sister doing it with me! I posted this in a couple of vegan groups I belong to on Facebook:

    “I’ve done so many cleanses/fasts in my life, I was burned out and a week ago would have not entertained one for one second, but I found this searching for recipes yesterday and this one is fantastic. My green smoothies are so blah and always the same, so her delicious green smoothie flavors first caught my attention.

    You are not just drinking smoothies—it’s one smoothie, one salad, one soup, and unlimited hummus and raw or cooked veggies! Recipes for free! Because you’re getting so much fiber and tons of nutrients, you don’t feel deprived, you actually feel better. But its under 1400 calories a day and moderate in fat, so people lose from 3-5 lbs in the 7 days. One guy lost 13 lbs!

    They did it in January, but my sister, my employee and my friend are all starting tomorrow. I thought I’d throw it out at the group because it’s always more fun and motivating in a group!

    PS You have to exercise every day, too :/

    THANK YOU for the inspiration and recipes! You rock!

  32. Found your site through SunWarrior and was super intrigued by your amazing recipes. After checking out your blog, I found this green challenge and am super excited to try this. My best friend and I are going to do it together starting on Monday. We both eat pretty healthy to begin with but this week of eating sounds like raw, gluten-free, energy-filled goodness! So excited to start this and feel even better and look even better. Thanks for sharing this!!!

  33. End of my first week switching to vegan eating for heart health and I am so loving your recipes. I made the salsa on a whim Sunday to go with the beans and greens I had cooked. I am from the South and we like a little condiment with our beans and greens. It was fabulous and I had all the ingredients in my cupboards which is always a plus for a new recipe. I have never made homemade salsa before but we love Mexican so eat gallons of it. I want to add ripe avocada when I make it again, yummy. This will now be a staple on our table. Oooh, I added a fresh jalopeno also and it was just right in the spicey department. You will be responsible for my staying vegan through the holidays with your great recipes and endless variety. Love this blog.

  34. Denyse Hadley

    Hi Somer, could I get the Word document copy of the challenge so I can align the smoothie ingredients up before I share with others?
    Thanks!
    denyse
    denyse.hadley@me.com

  35. All these meals look so delicious and inspiring! Unfortunately with my propensity for diabetes I don’t think I could consume such large quantities of fruit – one serving alone has more than my daily allowance! :( But so tasty! I’m going to try the structure of this wonderful challenge but with reduced smoothie sizes and perhaps more veggies in between to make up for the lack of bulk (because those servings are huge – so jealous!) :D

    • Talk to your physician about it for sure. I don’t know much about food requirements, but I do have other friends with diabetes who consume a good deal of fruit.

  36. Heidi

    Thank you for all of your hard work! I’m excited to try this!

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  38. Kat

    Hi! I am a little late to the party, but am very excited to begin this challenge- I have a lot of weight to lose, but more importantly I want to become healthier and this looks like the best/easiest way to do it. One question though…. in the recipe for the Traditional Green Smoothie it shows the ingredients as 2 c water + 1/2 c ice, then the next line shows 1 c water + 1/2 c ice. Was one of these supposed to be the almond milk that’s in most of the other smoothie recipes, or which is the correct water plus ice measurement?
    Thanks for putting all the work into this plan and laying it all out for us!!

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