30 Day Green Smoothie ChallengeDesafio: 30 Dias de Suco Verde

Universo Organico and Viva Institute present the 30 Day Green Smoothie Challenge! It’s free, it’s easy, and it’s going to make you feel really, really great!

What’s a Green Smoothie?

Classic Green Smoothie

A Green Smoothie is simply a blended shake  made of whole fruits and leafy greens. It’s a quick and delicious way to get all of your daily required fruits veggies down the hatch in sixty seconds. Many people drink them as a breakfast replacement because they’re packed full of vitamins and easy to pack.

The benefits of Green Smoothies include:

  • increased energy and vitality
  • improved concentration
  • weight loss
  • clearer skin
  • improved digestion
  • fewer cravings and mood swings

When we first started drinking smoothies, we weren’t raw foodists, we just wanted to do something to improve our health fast. Within weeks, we’d dropped five pounds!  Within a month, our cravings for caffeine and sugar disappeared.

How to Participate

Post a comment at the bottom of this post letting us know that you’re “in.”  Then, beginning Sunday, January 9th, replace your usual breakfast with a  green smoothie. Every few days, check back in with us for new recipes and tell us how you feel. That’s it!

What You’ll Need

  • A high powered blender or Vitamix
  • Lots of leafy greens (kale, spinach, lettuce, or watercress)
  • One to two pieces of fruit each day (bananas, apples, mangoes, papayas, melon)
  • Filtered water

Chef Tiana Rodrigues, Universo Organico

How To Make a Green Smoothie

You can make a smoothie in sixty seconds or less. Prep your greens and fruits the night before and pop them in the blender in the morning. Just be sure to blend thoroughly so that there are no chunks…it’s a smoothie! Here’s a demo to get you started, along with your first recipe.

About Us

Universo Organico is Rio de Janeiro’s premiere raw food restaurant, with two locations and an organic market in Leblon. Viva Institute provides provides seminars, online learning, one-on-one coaching, nutritional counseling and a variety of holistic individual services. We promote organic plant-based nutrition and encourage the care of the body, mind and spirit by providing opportunities for people to learn and connect in inspiring natural settings. Viva Institute provides Universo Organico’s educational programs, including raw food classes, detox programs, an online courses.

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34 thoughts on “30 Day Green Smoothie ChallengeDesafio: 30 Dias de Suco Verde

  1. Amy

    Will you be doing the green smoothie challenge again this year? We just got our new vitamix in the mail today and were planning on starting on December 1st (tomorrow) :D

    1. vivainstitute Post author

      If you start, I’ll post the recipes on our FB fan page. How’s that sound?

      YAAAAAYYY!!! :)

  2. tamb

    Okay, I’m in….response 24…..does that mean we only have 24 people “in” to do this challenge? Let’s have at least 4 more people to make it 30 people for the 30 day challenge!

    1. vivainstitute Post author

      AbsoLUTely agree! I know there are a lot more out there (they’re on Facebook), but they haven’t officially “registered.” I’ll see if I can persuade them today.

      Glad you’re here!

    1. vivainstitute Post author

      Wow…for lunch! Are you going for salty or sweet?

      Glad you’re on board. :)

      1. Liz & Greg

        We do lots of kale and parsley, plus, flax seed, coconut milk, banana, pineapple, blueberries, strawberries, filtered water and bit of honey. It’s addictive….can’t go without it!!

  3. Helena

    Sorry for too much information, but when I drink a smoothie in the morning I go to the bathroom at least 3 times a day, after every meal. That’s a plus right there! And that’s how it should be: “IN…AND OUT!!”

  4. Helena

    Okay, Gilvania made the best green smoothie ever this morning…great one for those people who are not yet used to drinking them and like things on the sweeter side: in the Vitamix – 2 frozen bananas, 2 small carrots (still baby ones, some carrot greens (very little), spinach, broccoli leaves, collard leaves, fresh ginger root, water, and blend. Delicious!!

  5. Liliane Sharpless

    I’m down! I do spinach, pineapple and banana. And you don’t even taste the green.
    This is great and force me to stay on track. Thank you!

  6. Brenda

    First green smoothie was quite tasty! I was a bit skeptical about how spinach would taste in a smoothie, so I went light on the spinach and heavy on the fruit (raspberries, peaches and a banana with a splach of cranberry juice and water). It was more brown than green in color, but a nice way to ease into it!

    1. Tracy

      Hi Brenda,
      My trick with the spinach is to put it in first with some water and hit liquify on your blender. I let it go for a few minutes and then add the rest of my smoothie goodies. You won’t taste or “feel!” the spinach!

      1. Brenda McLaughlin

        Yes, smoothie for one. And it blends in the cup you drink it in, which is super convenient!

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