Green Swede Protein Smoothie

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A filling smoothie is sometimes the best solution for time poor, nutrition yearning busy bodies. I certainly know that when I’m rushed – with eating being something I have to fit in rather than linger over – a smoothie is the go-to solution. The beauty of smoothies is that is all works. Continue reading “Green Swede Protein Smoothie”

Monday Lunch Shake

Get your bod and mind in shape by consuming a yummy lunch shake, brimming with fresh fruit and veg, nuts and seeds. If you work from home this liquid lunch is easy peasy to shake up – but even office bound peeps can prepare this in the morning and bring with. It will infuse system with much-needed nutrients and fats.

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As I’m always on the hunt for things to put in my juices and smoothies I recently came across a Raw Green Protein Powder, by Purple Balance, that I now add to my drinks.  I have chosen the raw vegan version but there is also whey (derived from milk) varieties should you prefer that instead. There are also various flavours to choose from and many brands that you can get from reputable health food suppliers but  look for natural ingredients as much as possible. I also add an extra teaspoon of Spirulina that add B6 (immune system and cognitive function) and B12 (for heart and nervous system) to ensure my shake produces maximum effect!

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Monday Lunch Shake

5 romaine Lettuce leaves

handful of blueberries

handful of raspberries

1 ” piece of ginger root

1 tbsp coconut oil

1/2 cucumber

2 bok choi leaves (mainly the dark green leaves)

1 tbsp ground nuts (walnut, almond, brazil, cashew, sun flower seeds, pumpkin seeds)

1 tsp chia seeds

1 tbsp ground flax seeds

2 tsp raw green protein powder

1 tsp spirulina

1 cup almond milk

1 cup coconut water

Blend, blend, blend…. Enjoy! x

 

 

Big juice

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Prior to juicing, a cucumber used to last me for about a week. I may also have kept a bag of salad and some cherry tomatoes in the fridge, as a side to a main meal. Not anymore. These days my weekly shopping of organic produce for juicing looks something like this:

5 cucumbers (1 per day)

2 big bunches of celery

2-3 romaine salad heads

1 huge, fingery piece of ginger root (the more ‘fingers’ the better)

2 bags of kale

6-8 apples

2 bags spinach/swiss chard/spring greens or whatever else dark green, leafy vegetables  you can lay your hands on.

2-3 1L bottles of coconut water.

And that is just the juicing, add the smoothie making and I go through:

5 avocados (for smoothies or spread on toast)

3-4 lemons

2-3 limes

In a smoothie you can also add all the extra bits such as soft fruit, ground flax seeds, chia seeds, spirulina and ground nuts. The list is endless and full of possibilities. You can keep it interesting by adding new flavours that may prove surprisingly tasty like beetroot, fennel, carrots, cabbage, green beans, even garlic.

The thing to keep in mind is that in order to get a daily BIG JUICE you need a LOT of vegetables. These days I don’t have unnecessary things lying around in the fridge because there is NO SPACE!! It is filled to the brim with veg and coconut water.

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…and then there was a massive cup of delicious green juice!

All this juicing may all be a bit much, both on the quantity front and your taste buds, so if you are just starting out here is a Wake Up remedy from Gillian McKeith’s book ‘You are what you eat, Cookbook’ to get you going in the mornings. Enjoy x

Wake Up Juice (serves 1-2)

6 carrots (if organic no need to peel)

1-2 apples

1′ piece fresh ginger root