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

 

 

Monday Goodness

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After a fab weekend of fun, food and little sleep, my body feels in the need of something wholesome – and green! This smoothie contains a LOT of ingredients but the beauty is that you can sip it as you go about your morning business  – it takes about 30 minutes to finish mine. And I made so much that my afternoon snack is sorted too…

Monday goodness Smoothie – makes about 1 litre 

Handful of broccoli sprouts

1/2 cucumber

1/2 celery

2 large leaves green cabbage

1 banana

Handful of mixed pumpkin/sunflower seeds

1 tbsp ground flax seeds

2 heaped tbsp coconut oil

1″ piece of ginger root

As much coconut water as you like – depending on the consistency you prefer

Blend, drink, enjoy! x

The thing about sprouts..

imageI recently started using sprouts in my green smoothies. Nothing fancy, just some alfalfa sprouts from Whole Foods, but I’ve noticed a definite boost in my energy levels and the more I read about it the more I think it may not be a coincidence. Raw food is packed with food enzymes which we need in order to thrive. They are for example responsible for our digestion and how well our immune system functions.  But sprouts takes it all to a different level, filled as they are with goodness such as antioxidants, proteins, minerals, vitamins, enzymes and so on. The good news is that you can sprout almost anything – AND you can do it in your own home. Common varieties besides alfalfa seeds are mung beans, chickpeas, wheat, barley, lentils, soybean, sunflower seeds, oats, broccoli seeds to name a few.

Here is how simple it is: Rinse the seeds/beans thoroughly in a colander and place in glass jar with air holes in the lid. If you are using  dried beans you must first soak them overnight then rinse and place in glass jar. Place in a warm and dry position. Rinse frequently and when the little tails have started to appear from the seed/bean and measures about an inch they are ready to eat. Store the left overs in a jar in the fridge. Voila!!

You can of course buy purpose made receptacles from health food or online shops if you are that way inclined but you don’t have to. I love simplicity and want to monitor just how frequently I will manage to do this before investing in a new gadget. I’ll keep you posted on my sprouting progress. x