I drank a red bell pepper. No, really.
Day 3 was a re-introduction to veggie-based smoothies. Veggie smoothies have a lot of fiber and in some cases you will get more vitamin C in vegetables than you would a citrus fruit. Last night I pre-cut my veggies just in case I had a late sleep-in once again. I chopped them up, put them in a sandwich bag and off to the side.
My plan was to have the veggie-based smoothie for breakfast along side some lean turkey sausage. I was going to work out around 1130 so I wanted to get my dose of B-vitamins. I would follow with a protein-laden lunch with a few carbs.
That didn’t exactly happen, except for the smoothie, but life is all about adjusting. See, we can easily throw ourselves off track to good healthy living if a scheduling change occurs. But you still need the Big Three (nutrition, exercise,sleep) no matter what. You have to prepare for adjustments, and with all the knowledge out there, there are tons of ways to change.
No more excuses.
So instead I put my workout 2 hours after dinner and before bedtime. That’s plenty of time for the food to go down and not sit in my belly like a big kid on a roller coaster Two hours before bedtime gives me a chance to cool down, take a shower, stretch and eat some post-workout oatmeal or lean protein that will go to work while I sleep. This particular workout routine is only 20 minutes total, but it is 20 minutes of pure cardio and resistance training hell.
I’ll describe it in a future post. I can’t say it’s for everyone, but it definitely works for me and I consulted with some personal trainers on its effectiveness.
But let’s get back to the smoothie. I call it the Royal Red. Isn’t it pretty?
Royal Red bell pepper smoothie
4 ounces carrots, chopped up
4 ounces bell pepper, chopped into strips
1 small apple or half a large apple
6 to 8 ounces of 100% OJ, unsweetened
Put all the veggies and apple in. Then add the juice. Blend until you like the consistency.
Here is most of the nutritional data. Click the “L” for more details.
This took some getting used to and some adjustment because it doesn’t look like it tastes. It looks like something I drank in my college days at this bar called Wet Willie’s. They made some highly potent frozen daiquiri mixes that would send you far into oblivion. One was aptly named Call A Cab. But I digress…
Anyway, the Royal Red is, indeed, sweet. It does have a little bit of fuzzy texture, but I like it. The first time I tried this, I said “I just drank a red bell pepper.” This time, it was the same thought. I normally prefer red bell peppers as cooked veggies that line up my steak fajita. Don’t let the sugar content fool ya. It looks a little high, but it’s all natural and you are also getting a lot of dietary fiber with it and almost no fat.
Some might consider adding a pinch of salt on the rim, or even a slice of lemon for more depth, but I like it as-is. The apple gives it sweetness without being overly sweet, like that grandma down the road who brings you cookies but will tell on your kids if they start actin’ a fool in the street.
The benefits are, as you can see, a high dose of Vitamin C. If you have seasonal allergies, vitamin C can help your body build up those histamine fighters. Do this regularly and you may not have to take as many OTC allergy meds as normal (talk to the doc first!). Also look for foods high in quercetin (grapes have it). Don’t ask me to say “quercetin” five times fast but I’ll be dang sure to remember that one for Words with Friends. It’s a particularly windy week here where I live, so a little boost in the histhimine fighters can’t hurt. In fact, since spices can thin mucus out which clears congestion, I’m thinking about adding a pinch of cayenne to the mix for those particularly tough allergy days. The Vitamin A boost promotes normal development of mucus mebrane tissues. If you blow them out of your nose from excessive allergies, this could help with the repair. Check our vitamin quick guide to ensure you don’t OD on A or C for the day.
I’m going to tinker with this recipe in the future. Perhaps I can turn it into a super allergy fighter. Just a few more blends inside the Nutribullet/Phone Booth/Tardis…
Funky Royal Red Ridin’,