Juicy Wednesdays!

Good morning everyone!

Since I seem to be on a health kick (permanently) at the moment, I thought I would talk a bit about it.

IMG_20140810_150931 I first got into ‘juicing’ around August before I was due to take part in the Run to the Beat 10k; by going on a 3-day juice fast I was promised that I would lose about 5lbs…which I did (7 to be precise!). Before I could do such a thing though, I had to decide on what appliance I was going to buy, since there is about a million or so of these things on the market. I went through this process:

  • How much is it? I don’t want to spend over £100 on it
  • How big is it? I don’t have the room for HUGE machines
  • Is it easy to clean? I don’t want to regret buying it if it takes years to clean

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I then saw the Nutribullet, this was before people were gushing about them…Kate Middleton has one don’t you know! £100, perfect. Compact enough to sit on the kitchen counter, fab. The blade and cup just needs a rinse..fantastic! Since the Nutribullet isn’t a juicer, but rather an incredibly powerful blender, I blend the fruit with water, then sieve the pulp – doesn’t take too long and if you’re not fussy you can drink it with the fruit fibre, but it isn’t for me – just something to note within the recipes. So armed with my nutribullet, I was ready to start my juice fast.

If you’re thinking what on earth is a juice fast? Then let me help you.

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Essentially, a juice fast involves no eating, but just juice for 3-7 days; if you’re desperate you can reach for a raw fruit bar, an avocado or a piece of fruit but nothing else (if you can). The idea is to completely detox your body of all those naughty things you may have been eating/drinking, and give you a clean slate for the next stage of your plan (if you have one).

IMG_20140812_213452 There are so many out there who advocate doing a juice fast, or a reboot, and I have to say that I have to be one of them. I’m waving that flag for juice HOWEVER, in my opinion, it should be about 3-days and that’s it. Why? Well, who wants to go without food for any longer once you know your body is pretty much clear of the added sugars, caffeine and the like?!

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Essentially, the weight you have lost doing the fast (logically) can return, so it is about getting the balance right once the fast is finished. So, reduce your calorie intake, eat more fruits and veg, drink more water and get more exercise. I have only completed a juice fast once more since August, and that was straight after Christmas; so after times of feasting, but come a time of fasting to balance it all out.

IMG_20140824_135330What you can do though, is incorporate fresh juices and smoothies into your diet along with your main meals; I have grown to prefer a juice/smoothie/shake for breakfast rather than a meal for instance. Add a scoop of protein to them to make them a bit more filling perhaps, add oats and flaxseed…the possibilities are endless and once you start enjoying what you are making and having, the discoveries of flavour combinations becomes more and more exciting.

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Every week I am going to post 5 juice/smoothie recipes from my notebook so let’s start with the first 5 (these all serve one person). Also, please note that if you have a nutribullet, and prefer to have no pulp, ‘juice’ the fruit and sieve them, then blend with the remaining ingredients.

Green & Tropical

Ingredients:

  •  30g spinach
  • 1 x golden delicious apple
  • 200g pineapple
  • 125g peach (tinned in fruit juice or fresh)
  • 60ml coconut milk
  • 150ml coconut water
  1. Juice the spinach, apple and pineapple (if using a nutribullet/blender, blend with water then sieve the pulp)
  2. Blend with peach, coconut milk, coconut water and ice. Serve straight away or store in the fridge in an airtight bottle. IMG_20150112_195813

Grapefruit Delight

Ingredients:

  • 1 x pink grapefruit
  • 1 x large orange
  • 1 x golden delicious apple
  • 1 x small-medium carrot
  • 150ml yoghurt (alpro/total 0% yoghurt)
  • 1 x medium banana (fresh or frozen)
  • Ice
  1. Juice the grapefruit, orange, apple and orange.
  2. Blend with everything else.

IMG_20141004_113302 Ginger, berries & oats 

Ingredients:

  • 25g spinach
  • 5g fresh ginger root
  • 30g oats
  • 75g blackberries
  • 100g strawberries
  • 1 tbsp agave nectar/honey/maple syrup
  • 200g total 0% yoghurt
  • Ice
  1. Juice the spinach and ginger.
  2. Blend with everything else.

Pineapple, Kiwi & Mango

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pineapple
  • 1 x large orange
  • 30g spinach
  • 1 x mango
  • 2 x kiwi
  • Ice
  1. Juice the pineapple, orange and spinach.
  2. Blend with the remaining ingredients.

Orange crush

  • 1 x golden delicious apple
  • 1/2 lemon (with rind)
  • 2 x orange
  • 2 x peaches (or 1/2 can of peaches in fruit juice)
  • 150g 0% total yoghurt
  • Ice
  1. Juice the apple, lemon, and oranges.
  2. Blend with the remaining ingredients.

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What’s your favourite juice combinations? I’d love to hear them!

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