At the start of this Summer, I was not loving how I looked or felt. My midsection was less defined, more than a bit bloated, and dangerously veering into muffin top territory. I felt sluggish and slow, especially when hiking or working out. And let’s not even discuss having to put on a bathing suit! So it was time to take action. And when a post from Dr. Oz popped up on my Facebook feed, I took it as a sign to check out his 28 Day Shrink Your Stomach Challenge.
I’ll confess it looked less than appetizing and more than a bit challenging. What? No wine?? But for me the structure and routine were just what the “Dr.” ordered. The results? With some cheats, I lost 9 pounds and 1 1/2 inches on my waist. Bloat was banished, my clothes fit better, my energy levels were upped. And doing a 3 minute plank is now, well, easy.
That said, I did some tinkering with his recipes. I’ve been a breakfast smoothie fan for decades but my old version relied on milk and yogurt. Since dairy was a no no, I had to get creative. My favorite version turned out to be the recipe below, and now I start every day with it. It’s really delicious and keeps me going until lunch. So even if you don’t try the 28 Day Challenge, I hope you’ll try this!
1 cup Non-dairy Milk (I like So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Milk)
1/2 Avocado (Yes it’s fat but good fat!)
1/2 Banana (I slice up a 2-3 ripe bananas at a time and store in a ziploc in the freezer)
1/4 cup Mango/Pineapple Chunks (I keep bags of frozen organic ones on hand)
(Alternative fruit option to mango/pineapple chunks: 1/2 cup mixed berries. You’ll enjoy a purple smoothie instead of a green one!)
2 tbsp Bran/Chia/Flaxseed Mix (I premix all 3 and store in a big mason jar)
Add ingredients in order of recipe into your blender, from milk to bran mix. I could not live without my Ninja. It’s fast, pretty quiet, and tackles anything. Whir away, then pour into a tall glass and enjoy!
I got my Ninja Blender at Bed Bath and Beyond. They always offer coupons, plus it’s now on sale.