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Genuine Health’s
21 Day greens+ Challenge: Part 2

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Written by Katie

I’m well into my 21 Day greens+ Challenge with Genuine Health. In this post, I’ll share how greens+ has been affecting my urinary pH so far, as well as to some of the ways I’m incorporating greens+ into my diet.

I’ll be honest, remembering to use the pH paper right when I wake up every day is a slight challenge, given that I’m in a zombie state after my alarm goes off. But keeping the roll of pH paper on my bathroom counter next to the toilet, is a good reminder, so I don’t forget!

Here’s a snapshot of my pH levels over the first 12 days of the greens+ Challenge:

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What I’ve noticed over the first 12 days, is that after using the greens+ formula for about 6-7 days, my urinary pH level has indeed increased a bit. I’ve also noticed that my urinary pH is affected by what else I eat and drink. For example, you can see that between Sept 8th and 9th there is quite a big difference (and again between Sept 15/16th), I think this was due to the fact that I had alcoholic beverages both nights of Sept 8th and Sept 15th, and which is probably why there was such a difference between the two sets of days.

Generally so far, I feel pretty normal – no immediate or incredibly noticeable difference in my energy or mood. I feel pretty much the same so far. Will be interesting to see how I feel at the end. I’ll be doing one more post to recap the full 21 days, and showing the data that I’ve been tracking as I go through this challenge.

Incorporating greens+ into my diet

1. By itself

Taking greens+ in its simplest form involves simply dissolving 1 – 3 tsps of greens+ into water. When I first began this challenge, I wanted to know what greens+ tasted like before mixing it into any other foods.

Dissolving greens+ into water looks like exactly like you think it would. Very, very green. The greens+ formula I’m using is the Natural Mixed Berry flavour, but I’d be interested to know what the regular greens+ formula tastes like.

I’m going to be perfectly honest, drinking the greens+ in just water, isn’t overly pleasant. Although I got use to the taste over 2 – 3 days, it wasn’t the greatest way to consume it.

So I started to experiment. I’ve included two other ways that I’ve been incorporating greens+ into my diet, below.

2. Green Smoothie

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One of the easiest ways to incorporate greens+ into your diet is by adding 1-3 tsps into your morning smoothie. I love to make smoothies for breakfast because it’s an easy way I can incorporate veggies into my first meal of the day, it’s quick and easy to make, as well as convenient for my busy on-the-go lifestyle.

Here’s my go to recipe for a green smoothie including greens+:

  • 1 cup of baby spinach
  • Chunk of cucumber, peeled (about 3″ long)
  • 1-3 tsps of greens+
  • 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup of water (you can also use Almond Milk)
  • 1 scoop of protein powder
  • 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries (frozen strawberries also work great!)
  • 1 tbsp of chia seeds
  • 1 banana (frozen or fresh)
  • 1-2 tablespoons of natural yogurt

Blend the spinach, cucumber, greens+ and water together first before adding in the other ingredients. This helps to ensure that in the event you don’t have an amazing high powered blender like a Vitamix (like me) that the veggies and greens+ are blended together well.

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Once you’ve blended the spinach, cucumber, greens+ and water together you’ll get a very nice dark green liquid. Add in the remaining ingredients, blend again, and enjoy!

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3. Gatorade

greens+_gatoradeNow that I’m training for my first marathon, before heading out on a run I need to have a pretty substantial breakfast, especially if I’m going out to run 30km+. I haven’t experimented yet with having a smoothie before running, I usually like to have granola or oatmeal, something that is high in carbs to provide me with the sustained energy I need while out on my run. With that said, if I run in the morning, and am not having a smoothie for breakfast, I tried dissolving greens+ into Gatorade, and you know what? It works pretty well!

I used the berry flavour Gatorade to match the flavour profile of the greens+ formula I’m using. Yes, the greens+ again changes the colouring of your Gatorade to a very deep dark green, but the overall flavour isn’t affected very much. Using greens+ and Gatorade has become an easy way to ensure I’m still getting my greens+ during the challenge on the days that I run in the morning and don’t have my green smoothie.

How do you use greens+?

If you’re an avid user of greens+, how do you incorporate it into your diet? What kind of recipes do you like to add it into? What flavour of greens+ do you use?

About the author

Katie

Founder and Creator of Why I Run.

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