I’ve been reading a lot about juicing lately (green juice in particular). Apparently all the celebs are in to it: Alessandra Ambrosio, Gwyneth Paltrow, Liv Tyler and even Martha Stewart. It seems that in the holistic nutrition world, juice fasting is a trend right now. I am sceptical of anything with fast in the title. I don’t necessarily believe in fasting and fad diets – every person that I know that has been on one of these has put the weight back on…and then some. I believe that in order to lose weight and keep it off, we need to completely change our lifestyles and fix our bad habits. If it really made me look a Victoria’s Secret Angel, I might have to throw in the towel and try though…
One thing about juicing is that if you juice your fruits/veggies for too long, they might lose some of their nutrients and so you have to be exact about it. The same thing goes for blending fruits/veggies. The online literature on juice fasting also presents some mixed reviews – they are not suitable for everyone.
As a side note to that spiel, juicers are also expensive and so that hinders my attempts at juicing. That being said, I’ve read some good things about making smoothies in the morning, so I thought I’d try my hand at it. I wanted to try an alternative to my usual carb heavy breakfast. Also, lots of athletes and pro surfers swear by their morning shakes – including Gabby Reece, a health blogger/former beach volleyball player/Laird Hamilton’s main squeeze/crush of mine.
So far I am loving it! I love that it’s an easy way to get in a serving of veggies as well as fruits in the morning. I find it difficult to digest dairy first thing in the morning, and I’ve found that almond milk works best for me. Here is a recipe for my smoothie from this morning:
- 1 cup of spinach (washed, obvs!)
- 1 handful of blueberries (these are packed with fibre, don’t want to eat too many)
- 1/2 cup of strawberries
- 1 cup of vanilla almond milk
- 6 ice cubes
- 1/2 a cucumber (peeled)
- dash of cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon of all-natural almond butter (the stuff with the oil at the top of the jar)
(I thought that the colour of the smoothie would match the placemat in this photo – Apparently, I am not entirely with it in the morning)
You can add in a little bit of water if you want a different consistency. I sometimes switch up my protein source from almond butter to protein powder. I switch it up as I’ve read some dubious things about whey protein – so sometimes I substitute in some real food protein. The fruits mask the taste of the spinach, you honestly won’t even know that it’s in there.
I love smoothies because I can even get my ingredients ready the night before and just go on auto pilot in the morning. As a multi-tasker (and someone who is guilty of hitting the snooze button), I usually drink one while getting ready in the morning. I pair it with my half of a grapefruit and I’m ready for my day!
Happy Blending and Peace! xx.