I’m already plant based, so I really enjoyed the food! I loved all the smoothies and the savory nut mix. I really loved the warm kale dinner. Super delicious!! A lot of the things I couldn’t finish because it was so much food. I like structure in my life so this was good. I just feel good, healthy.
I wanted to eat more plant based and this decision comes along with this cleanse. And I found it perfect to do it with a community. This cleanse structure was new to me but I enjoyed it. It gave me an inside how prep your meals can help you through the week. The recipes were delicious, so tasty. The weekly calls were so much fun and I enjoyed to connect life with the participants. I was not hungry and loved all the snacks :) In the beginning I had light detox symptoms and day after day I felt better: my belly was flat, quality of sleep so much better and my body doesn't felt stressed anymore.
I joined the cleanse as a newer vegan wanting to cleanse my body and get rid of cravings. I thoroughly enjoyed the Winter Cleanse. I felt great throughout the week and found the recipes to be very satisfying and delicious. The structure was perfect and I was never hungry. The prep was very helpful to make sure I was set up for success and the group calls and check-ins helped to answer any questions or concerns I had. I lost a few pounds and eliminated my sugar cravings. My confidence in the kitchen is great and I used my blender regularly ... so much so that I decided to upgrade to a Vitamix! In addition, I had my labwork done immediately following and my cholesterol numbers are dropping. I feel amazing and look forward to continuing with Rawk the Year!
I had never done a cleanse before and know I needed a gut reset. Unfortunately I was not able to start when y’all started so I was really on my own. I did the cleanse week and am just beginning the post cleanse week. The recipes are all very tasty. I like the plan structure very much. Most of the dinner meals were too large for me to eat. I was never hungry. The prep work was very time consuming, but worth it!!! This definitely made me more confident with my Vitamix!!! Feel a bit lighter and flatter tummy.
I wanted to try a plant based diet to see if I liked it. I had never done one before. I eat pretty healthy and have already been doing quarterly based liver detox’s. I get 7-9 cups of fruits and veggies per day with the majority being vegetables and I drink 80-100 oz’s of water per day. The cleanse went well for me. It actually was a lot more food than I am used to eating. It also was 10 times more fruit than I am used to since I’ve always been taught the majority of my fruit and veggie intake daily should primarily be vegetables. I loved having the weekly plan ahead of time so I could review the food and have plenty of time to grocery shop. I enjoyed all the recipes. The prep was helpful during the week but man it took up the better part of my Sunday to get it all done. Not sure that is realistic for me to have time to do that much prep every Sunday. But I did enjoy less time preparing for meals during the week because of the prep work. The check in calls were slightly helpful but would love it if you could add some additional education in addition to the Q & A. For example, I’ve been trying to “eat the rainbow” to have a healthier gut micro biome. Experts suggest you start by getting at least 30 different types of food weekly (including herbs and spices). I would also like more info on eating timeframes. I have learned that you want at least 3 hours between meals to allow your blood sugar to come completely down before you eat again and the best way to do that is to cut out snacking. Be sure to eat enough at each meal to be satiated to make it to the next meal. If you are hungry and have a snack between meals then that means you didn’t get enough at the previous meal so you know the next day to make adjustments. Lastly, I’ve been doing intermittent fasting and would love more info on how to incorporate that into your plan. I know that it’s most impt to start your fast earlier in the evening and not to skip breakfast while getting in at least 12 hours overnight to give your digestive system a break/rest. I try to be done eating dinner by 6:30 PM and I don’t eat anything in the morning until 8-8:30 AM. This way it’s a 12-14 hour fast. Nothing too crazy! I feel great and am doing lab testing in the next couple weeks. Hoping cholesterol comes down a bunch since that is something I personally need to work on. I learned that I don’t crave animal protein as much as I thought I would and the recipes taste great. I also don’t miss red wine! Loved how easy it was to follow and I didn’t struggle trying to meal plan for the week since you did all that work for me. :)
I joined to reset my attitude and commitment to mindful eating. I enjoyed participating in the cleanse. I’d like the idea of breaking into three units and appreciated the coaching sessions that kept me on track following the Plan
I discovered and repeat, several of the recipes that were included in the food plans during the cleanse. Weekly prep guides were extremely helpful and also let me know. It was OK to modify as long as I stayed within the framework of the cleanse. I was never hungry. In fact, I had to be careful not to o eat. What I learn was, I could eat properly within the framework of the cleanse and this morning, when I went to add something that wasn’t on the list for this week, I comfortably stated myself not this week My hope is that I continue to use what I learned to eat healthier. I lost 5 1/2 pounds and created and reinforced better eating patterns I am committing to try to drink more water. Somehow that gets pushed to the back burner and to exercise more I feel much better knowing that I succeeded in my commitment to the plan for the cleanse. A bonus for me is my doctor removed another medication. I am more confident in my ability to eat healthier
I love my new straws. I’ve had the rubber/silicone ones but my fur babies are thieves and they would steal the straws and destroy them! Now I can sip to my health without any interruption! They are easy to clean and I haven’t had any issue with thick shakes either. Highly recommend. Enjoy!
Joined to jumpstart better eating habits this year. I’m obsessed!!! These smoothies are just the thing to get me going everyday.
I joined this challenge to get back to eating clean. Returning to the habit of a starting my day with a smoothie has helped me do that. I eat better all day and have more energy! I’m looking forward to doing a Plant-Based Cleanse next!
Thank you for sponsoring this challenge and reminding me to take a small step each day to be a healthier version of myself!
I joined the smoothie challenge to be able to be more consistent with making smoothies. I do plan on continuing to make smoothies on the daily now. I've always just made them on occasion for myself & family. I'm proud that I actually stuck with it the whole week. I noticed on day 2 or 3 that I wasn't as hungry throughout the day & when I did want to snack, I made better choices. I really liked all of these recipes that we made. The honey turmeric recipe is one that we like better juiced. I liked how each smoothie has different health benefits to incorporate into your journey or lifestyle changes towards better health & wellness. I am so grateful to have stumbled onto this challenge. I appreciate all the hard work that Jen Hansard has done! Thank you!!
Almost anything thing that says the word, "challenge", I'm all in. I liked the variety of recipes. I have been satiated w the smoothies. The amount they make is perfect?
I would make them more seasonal like autumn/winter and spring/summer.
The BEST part of this happened Wednesday when I picked up my library hold —Jen’s cookbook! My old boss (I retired from there) said he was thrilled when he pulled the book (which I’ll buy now to have forever) for me because for 10 years my smoothies at work were notoriously awful-tasting (I’d put ANYTHING in lol) and was so happy I’d have delicious ones!
Man, he was right. I’ve been texting him pictures of the week’s smoothies!
I think I saw the challenge on Facebook and jumped onto it. It’s changed my whole smoothie game and I am enormously grateful. THANK YOU
I joined because I got a Vitamix for Christmas and wanted to learn some new recipes to use in it. I loved the recipes. There are several that are now my top favorite recipes to make. And even the ones that I wasn’t a fan of I’m glad I tried because it got me out of my normal flavor profiles I always stick too and helped me expand my thoughts on what can go in a smoothie. I noticed I felt better, ate better and lost 4 pounds in the week that I did this challenge. There isn’t anything I’d suggest changing. Well except maybe making it longer. I’d totally do this for 2 weeks!
First time joining and actually completing the challenge. I have been a member for Rawk the Year for some time and all the recipes are simple and easy to make. I am glad I finally committed to finishing and actually participating in the community- Jen has made it sooooo easy with the Circle app!
I feel great and ready to commit and finish the next challenge! Best new technique- adding cauliflower to morning smoothies! Trying to get veggies with every meal is not easy for me. The recipes include ingredients that I would never consider trying and would typically skip the recipe all together. Glad I took the leap, the recipes do not disappoint!
Thanks for a well organized program and system!
I joined this challenge to help jumpstart my motivation back into a healthy journey. The challenge was a success! I really enjoyed having community for accountability, access to recipes and grocery lists. All the recipes were easy and tasty. There is nothing you should change! Just keep being a source of motivation! Rawk on!
I joined this challenge because I wanted to try some simple, yet tried and true, new recipes. I liked every single one!! I can’t say I noticed much physical/mental change, as I was already in an almost daily smoothie habit. But I was so happy to try these new recipes and get out of my “rut”!
With the challenge deals, it wasn't I did not like them, I just watching the budget. I have a Vitamix high speed blender already. Watching the budget for. buying the greens, and the 14 day trail wouldn't let me join because. I have all ready did that a couple years ago. It says looks like you trail is up and shows your. the prices and like I said budgeting. I enjoyed this challenge very much, I have a real good time and it. made me feel as though I was taking better care of myself. I joined because I thought I would get new recipes for smoothies. and I did. I liked the idea of using ginger and turmeric because at this time of year it is very beneficial for me as. far as colds and flu go. The only thing I would change is new smoothies, I liked the ones this time, but I. am always looking for new recipes. Ah Saluté #Challenge Day 7
I first learned of Jen's site "Simple Green Smoothies" a few years ago, and began checking out all the different smoothies. I got a digital copy of her Smoothie book and it's one I keep going back to for various reasons. I received invitations to enter a smoothie challenge in the past, but this time for some reason, I decided to give it a try as I have been slipping on my resolve to drink a smoothie each day. I liked the variety of smoothies Jen suggested, the suggestions she offers to change things up to suit. I would watch for Jen's emails to come in each morning with yesterday's results and the next day's challenge. I appreciated the information provided on each smoothie, the ingredients, and have noticed that I feel energized and motivated to keep going. I'm glad I became part of the team of great people working to take charge of their health. I've appreciated the chance to get to know people, to read their results and comments, and feel it's really been a 'community' despite the distances. I wouldn't change anything .... I'm grateful to Jen for the way she motivated everyone, and you know that she's speaking from experience. Thank you for this opportunity.
Vitamix included a link to this challenge in one of their newsletters. I expected a new recipe every day and nothing more, but it was much, much more than that: Zoom intro to the challenge, motivation to begin the challenge and stick with it every day, access to a grocery list and all the recipes way in advance so participants had plenty of time to get all the ingredients they would need, and daily newsletters to introduce each day's smoothie with photo links to similar recipes and the incentive to write daily reviews and post a photo. Breakfast is my least favorite meal of the day, so I usually have a healthy smoothie. I joined the challenge because I wanted variety. I was in a rut with the same one every day with very little variation, and that usually occurred when I was out of something I always used. I enjoyed them, but didn't want to become bored to the same old, same old. The recipes I saw online didn't look all that inviting. Enter this challenge from a healthy smoothie expert! The challenge has given me the variety I wanted, the opportunity to link to other similar recipes that look good, and the motivation to add more ingredients from my crisper. There was only one smoothie I didn't like, but the problem was on my end and was not the recipe's fault. I am pleased that I stuck with the challenge every day. I am full for longer, and I no longer have cravings between lunch and dinner. I liked the challenge as it was and have no suggestions to alter it. I would like to do the challenge again next year...and the next and the next.
I joined because I have had your smoothies and they are delicious! I took part in the Plant-Based Cleanse and experienced how good I felt, the weight loss, and increased energy. So, when I saw the New Year Smoothie Challenge, I joined right away. In this challenge I tried smoothies I never would imagined I would like, but they were surprising very good. I plan on doing this challenge by myself next week to keep it going. I will miss the community discussions because I enjoyed contributing how I modified my recipes as well as reading what other members did too. I made my smoothies later in the morning, so I could read others comments and adjust mine accordingly if needed. I appreciate the swaps and substitution ideas since I am not a diary or non-dairy fan. Thank you having this challenge especially since I am focusing on self care and self love this year. Perfect way to start! I would make the Challenge Giveaways more clear. I missed out on this part of the challenge somehow.
I wasn't able to take advantage of the deals above due to being on a super tight budget at the moment but those were great offers.
I've followed Jen for years now but had never fully committed to a challenge. My husband is currently in Guam for work so I had full reign of the kitchen with no restrictions or hurdles so I said - "I'm Gonna Do It!" Being midway thru my 50's I've noticed a lot of joint pain creeping in. One week of just adding in smoothies - which caused me to make better choices all day long - and I can already feel a significant improvement in my joints (the stairs at my work are no longer daunting). And........ I lost 3lbs to boot! WooHoo! My husband will think he has a whole new wife when he gets home. LOL!
This challenge has sparked a new healthy habit each day which I plan to continue. It's not hard - they are super yummy - all recipes are so flexible that you can swap ingredients easily and I've learned that cauliflower in a smoothie is like a super power ingredient. I'm super proud that I completed the whole 7 days. I'm notoriously a "wagon faller-offer" but the community's excitement kept me on board and looking forward to each new day. I wouldn't change a thing! This challenge was just what I needed to kick this new year into gear for a better me! Thank you Rawkstar Team!
I joined to "force myself" to try different smoothie recipes (I typically rotate between only two smoothie recipes - Dr. Fuhrman's "Peachy Green" and a "Beet Detox" I found on the internet). I loved all the recipes in this challenge except the Perfect Lemon one, but that could easily be remedied for me by reducing the lemon content. I didn't expect to feel any different because I already eat very clean, but I actually do feel adding the smoothies boosted my energy. I literally feel healthier after this challenge which motivates me to continue to include daily smoothies with an increased variety of healthy ingredients. I really appreciated the healthiness of the recipes in this challenge! I'm proud of myself for making every single recipe as written except for substituting kale for spinach in the Best Green smoothie and for dutifully posting something every day (I rarely post on social media, even private forums). The possibility of winning the Vitamix, supply of Rewind green powders and Rawk the Year membership really helped to motivate me to post! I also enjoyed reading other people's posts and looking at their photos. If I changed anything, it would be my smoothie photos - they could certainly use some improvement and creativity!
I wanted to try some new smoothie combinations . I would rather use your tried and true recipes than experiment on my own and get a yucky result! I learned new stuff, and will use some of the ingredients in my future blending. This challenge came at a good time for me, as I had some healing to do from a skin cancer surgery. I’m hoping it will help speed my new skin growth!
I can’t think of anything that you would need to change. You cover it all! I enjoy the encouragement and support you offer. I enjoy seeing the pictures and posts from the other participants. You make it easy and all we have to do is put in a little effort to make the recipes. It’s a great plan!! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and passions!
I have done smoothie challenge before it was 14 days in spring, so I wanted to go again to mix up my smoothie recipes, the green is my fav & go to but I had been using regular apple juice because I do like more sweet, but I did with water like it's suppose to be & realized I don't need the sugared juice to enjoy. The tumeric & ginger spices might not be for me, but I may try them again with less of the spices.
I joined to encourage better eating habits. I didn't notice any changes unfortunately but it was only a week. I definitely got in more veggies and greens this past week.