“Smuicing,” Brunching, & My Coachella Clean-Up
So… Coachella is exactly 15 days away.
If you’ve been following the blog for a while, then you know that getting bikini-ready for the three-day music festival is high-priority for me every year.
Last year, I did a smoothie diet for a few days prior. This year though, I’ve decided to simply “clean-up” my usual diet by adding in a bunch of veggies by way of a new technique that I’ve dubbed “Smuicing.”
A “Smuice” (rhymes with juice or moose) is basically a smoothie-juice hybrid. It has loads of veggies, a tiny bit of fruit, and optional healthy fat and vegan protein powder.
It’s not a juice because I use whole vegetables with all of the fab things that come with the pulp, like fiber and extra vitamins/nutrients.
It’s not really a smoothie, because most smoothies contain large amounts of fruit and milk.
Hence: The Smuice.
Each Smuice I make is different, depending on my needs at the time. If it’s post workout, I’ll amp up the protein powder. If it’s as a snack, I might leave out the protein and just add in a little fat from an avocado.
My favorite version is the one I’ll share today though, a pineapple kale Smuice.
The Ultimate Smuice
1 Large Handful of Kale
1 Large Handful of Spinach
4 Stalks of Celery
1 Whole Cucumber
1 Chunk of Pineapple
5 Large Strawberries
1/4 of an Avocado
1/2 Scoop of Vega Vanilla Protein Powder
1 C. Water
Large Handful of Ice
1. Toss everything in a large blender or Vitamix and go to town.
If you don’t have a high powdered blender, make sure to chop up the veggies before adding them to the blender.
Total Calories: about 200*
*Note: This is for the entire contents of the blender (which has about 2 more refills in there), not just the one glass pictured.
Now you may be wondering, how is “smuicing” going to help me tighten-up for Coachella?
Well, the key to smuicing is to use them as a snack to carry me over from breakfast to lunch and lunch to dinner.
My biggest dietary problem is snacking.
While I’m not snacking on Doritos and Snickers bars, even healthy calories add up. A peanut butter-banana here, an almond butter sandy there (notice the nut butter/carb trend), and I quickly end up over-eating.
One smuice comes out to about four cups of wholesome goodness, and it’s the perfect thing to keep me full between meals so that I don’t fill up on a bunch of carb-heavy snacks. It also keeps me incredibly hydrated and bursting with vitamin-induced energy.
For example, I’ll give you a rundown of how I worked smuicing into my diet this Sunday.
I started the day off with a Banana Mugcake to give me a little sustenance pre-workout.
Then I hit up my fav studio Sweat Garage for a hardcore cardio sesh and refueled post-burn with half of the aforementioned, refreshing Smuice.
For lunch — or I should say Brunch (it doesn’t matter what time it is, on Sunday in LA, it’s always called Brunch) — my friend Gigi and I headed to Areal in Santa Monica for the SoCal Blogger Society and LA Brunchers Spring Fling Fête.
While I won’t be drinking alcohol during the more serious two-week phase of my Coachella Clean-Up, on Sunday I indulged and enjoyed a mimosa with my meal.
Since most of the gals at the party are fashion bloggers, everyone had their #OOTD (outfit of the day) shots taken.
What do you think, do I seem nonchalant?
There were several delicious dishes to choose from, including an insanely awesome looking waffle stack, but I decided to stay “clean” and go with a quinoa and poached egg salad.
Major thanks to Leah and Alex for throwing this fun fete and for the fab gift bags.
After brunch, I headed home and finished off the other half of my smuice.
A little later the BF and his sister (who was visiting from D.C.) arrived home with a bag full of treats from their mom, which included my Cranberry Chia Seed Cookies.
While this is exactly the type of snacking I’m going to try to avoid over the next two weeks, I just had to have one two of my beloved treats. Ya know, just to make sure she got the recipe right (she did).
As you can see, smuicing is not a way to deprive yourself of calories like typical juice cleanses, but a way to facilitate healthy eating throughout the day and keep your belly full and happy, so you can avoid unnecessary snackiness.
The plan for the next two weeks is to continue to eat three full meals a day, consisting of lean protein, veggies, and complex carbs (except at dinner) at about 300-400 calories each.
Then between breakfast and lunch I’ll have my smuice, switching it up depending on how much fat and protein I think I need at each time.
Be sure to come back next Wednesday to see how closely I end up sticking to it!
Update: This post previously had “Smuice” spelled as “Smoothice.” It’s been changed due to phonetic problems pointed out by my crack legal team (aka my very keen-eyed BF & his co-clerk).