Juice vs Smoothie

The title is actually a little bit misleading as there is no competition between juices and smoothies – they are two entirely separate entities. Both are trending at the moment and there has been a lot of write ups on the differences yet I still hear people referring to their Nutribullet as a juicer when it is, in fact, a blender.  Therefore I think this is still viable information.

Juice

Simply put, a juicer extracts nutrients and fibre from fruit and vegetables and turns it into a concentrated liquid. Due to the lack of fibre, a juice bypasses your body’s process of digestion and hits your system fast and furiously. This is both good and bad. Good because the vital vitamins and minerals available in vegetables (think leafy greens, celery, cucumber, ginger, fennel) has an alkalising effect on your body which is great for your health and wellbeing. We all know that in acidity illness lie. Continue reading “Juice vs Smoothie”

Can’t be bothered to juice?

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I know many who would love to eat healthier, drink less and get a juicing practice going, yet don’t. Why? Because it requires an element of change – and change is hard. Here are my top tips for sticking to juicing. Continue reading “Can’t be bothered to juice?”

Do Gentle

 

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Spanish peaches…

As much as a holiday is needed, giving you that well-earned break from the daily grind, it can also put a great fat spanner in the works of your good intentions. Away from the gym, the juicer, blender, familiar super markets and supplements, it can feel like things are going downhill fast. But beating ourselves up about what we are NOT doing is hardly the way to go, instead tread gently and enjoy the moment without judging. Our bodies can adapt and adjust. I don’t travel with many supplements nor do I eat on holiday the way I do at home – not by a long shot – and that’s okay. I always try to stick to good water, fruit and as many vegetables as is humanly possible and the rest will take care of itself. Relax and try to find what is good where you are. Here in Spain there is some amazing olive oil, juicy tomatoes and flat, ripe peaches – not to mention some great red wines. That can take you a long way. They even do the organic and free range eggs that I love and crave on a daily basis.

By embracing what we can’t change we let ourselves off the hook, which is the whole point of a holiday. Sleep, love, eat and enjoy, people! With love from Spain. x

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Early morning sun rise..

 

Super Green Juice

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I love reading the scathing reports on the latest super foods, health drinks, powders and cook books, generated by the media. We have happily eaten hot dogs, turkey twizzlers, Burger King and  battery farmed chickens for years – yet should someone decide to come up with a supplement or a new way of eating that claims any health benefits then all hell breaks loose. Why is that? Schadenfreude when someone feels and looks good after changing their way of life or just plain suspicion of anything new. The mind boggles. In any case – today’s green juice comes from the much maligned Gwyneth Paltrow’s cook book ‘It’s All Good’. This book is filled with gluten and dairy free recipes and drinks – yet includes meat – that  are tasty and fresh. As gluten and dairy are causing allergic reactions and discomfort in many, this book ought to be both helpful and inspiring. I suspect the book would have had a different reception should the author be a civil servant with a couple of gluten intolerant children in tow.  Still, I suspect she cares not much about the critique as her book flew off the shelves.

I very much enjoyed her juice this morning and hope you will do too.

The Best Green Juice (from ‘It’s All Good’ by Gwyneth Paltrow)

5 large leaves of kale, ribs discarded, leaves roughly chopped (if kale is not in season use spring greens)

1 lemon, zest and pith removed

1 large apple

1″ piece of fresh ginger

1 sprig of fresh mint

Juice all ingredients. Alternatively, if you have a blender but not a juicer, fret not. Gwyneth’s top tip is to blend all ingredients and then pour the mixture into a fine meshed strainer. Leaving the fiber and ending up with juice only. Happy Saturday to you all! X