In the midst of the 10 Day Challenge that we issued to the global practitioner community a few weeks back, I started thinking about the need for improved health closer to home.
We all spend lots of time in the office, so where better to promote healthy habits than in the setting where we toil for 8-10 hours a day?
That’s when we came up with the Smoothie Challenge.
We bought Magic Bullets for everyone on the team – these mini blenders make single-serving smoothies pretty easy to whip up on the go.
The charge was to use two handfuls of any greens (spinach, kale, broccoli, bok choy…) in a smoothie. The other ingredients are up to you – from berries to chocolate to beer – it’s all fair game.
Then we held a smoothie tasting party where everyone presented at least one blended masterpiece for judging by the entire staff.
After a lot of indecision and second tastes, we chose our winners:
In the savory category, our favorites were a spinach-sweet potato-ginger smoothie as well as an “untitled” piece that involved quite a medley of ingredients (with everything from green peppers to iced tea to kiwi in this baby).
Our sweet category winners were a spinach-raspberry-blueberry mélange and an orange juice-spinach-flax seed smoothie.
If you’d like to try the office favorites for yourself, here are some of the winning recipes to blend and enjoy:
• 1 cup well-packed washed spinach
• ¾ cup coconut milk
• 3 tablespoons roasted sweet potato
• 3 large pieces crystalized ginger
• 2 handfuls spinach or kale
• 1 medium banana
• 2-3 teaspoons ground flax seeds
• 1/4 cup orange juice
• 1/2 of one chopped pear or apple
• 6 ice cubes
• 1/4 cup cold water
A healthy lifestyle has to include the workplace, yet this is so often the setting where we’re least mindful about our health.
And as we learned from the thousands of practitioners who took our 10 Day Challenge, small changes everyday can make a huge difference.
So while you’re thinking about healthy changes, don’t forget to include the place where you work.
We are just wrapping up our nutrition teleseminar series. If you missed any of these great calls, including the interview with Brian Wansink, PhD, that spurred so many of us on to making changes in our diets, you can still get the complete series.
Have you introduced a successful health initiative into your workplace? Please leave a comment below. Or, give us your own smoothie recipe (including 2 handfuls of greens).