I've come to the conclusion that sugar is addicting! Yes, I know we all know it, but when my body is BEGGING for it each day and I'm trying not to give in, it's really obvious. I know it's just all the nasty bad bacteria in my gut that wants it, but sometimes they win, and at the end of a good day of eating, or a good week, I give in. (brownies!) I know this about myself, but it seems that I'm forgetful because every few months I have to completely remove sugar from my diet for a week or two to get those awful cravings to go away. And then I'm fine. I can go weeks without sugar if I quit cold-turkey, even months if I need to. So anyways, this week is a no-sugar week. I've got to get it out of my system, and out of my head!
So enter the green smoothie! I've been waking up to these for the past week, and yum! There's endless variations.....this one pictured above is baby spinach, half of a green apple, a peeled orange, half of an avocado, a banana, carrot juice, and cold water. Since it's winter and I'm not always in the mood for a smoothie, I tell myself it's green juice. The ingredients aren't frozen and I don't add ice, so then I can sip it down and it doesn't give me a chill for the rest of the morning. And straws are so fun! G's speech therapist recommended that he use straws to teach his mouth to form certain sounds, and I love them for my morning juice! (And also for my evening chocolate milkshakes......just not this week!)