Mama Smart is also a fan of broccoli, so it should come as no surprise that I consumed the green cruciferous wonder at a majority of my meals while visiting her over the holidays.
covered in white bean gravy, then repeated the next day
*This made me think of the letdown when you buy mixed nuts and it is 90% peanuts. Sugar snap peas are the pecans of Chinese vegetables.
i may or may not have eaten all the leftover broccoli as a midnight snackWhat was surprising was the lack of broccoli belly I experienced.
a huge helping of MORE freshly steamed baby trees was added post-pictureOr maybe it shouldn’t have been that shocking, since my broccoli belly had turned into a happy, smiling… GOOD Belly! I am no stranger to discussing GI issues in both allusory–and not so vague–terms, both on my blog and via instagram. A wink or a smiley face can usually get you a free pass in the negligible etiquette of social media overshare. Let’s just say I’ve had quite a few instances of bloating, gurgling, too much movement, and the lack thereof. Being a vegan with benefits doesn’t help matters, when the foods that make up a majority of your diet are the ones that naturally tend to cause some of these issues. So, when Lindsey from GoodBelly contacted me about participating in the company’s 12 Day Challenge I was perhaps overly excited to give it a shot. Literally. In addition to the mango-flavored GoodBelly Plus –which, for 50 calories, gives you a delicious dose of vegan tropical delight, 20 billion live probiotic cultures, and 9 vitamins and calcium–I sampled the Coconut Water beverage, mainly because I have never been a fan of coconut water, and I figured if I could like that, well, the company really had something. In addition to the gazillions of probiotics, the coconut water also promised to replenish me with five essential electrolytes–which I didn’t even know existed. I drank it after
you don't have to look very hard to know those little buggers are in there
In fact, the biggest problem I encountered was liking the drinks a little too much, so that every day I was at a risk of taking in one (billion) bacteria too many. Now that my free coupons are gone, I’m debating about whether or not to continue buying the shots. As my friend-through-blogging, Diana , pointed out, it IS only $1.00 a day, which, in the grand scheme of things might be feasible in my budget, especially if I only take one every other–or every few–days.Luckily for one of YOU, this is not a decision that you have to worry your pretty little belly about. (Yet.) GoodBelly has offered to let one of my little smartypants readers try ou the 12-Day Challenge for free! To enter this very GOOD giveaway, simply visit GoodBelly’s website , peruse their products , and let me know which one you would most like to try. For additional entries: [Leave a separate comment for each, please. ]