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Juice Cleanse – Day 1

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Day 1:

Well, if I’m honest there hasn’t been much to report so far. I’ve been drinking my juices up and have really enjoyed each of the ones I have tried! My favourite so far has been the gold juice because it is really refreshing and sweet! I haven’t tried the green juice yet but will definitely give that one a go tomorrow.

 

I’m feeling a bit tired but am not sure if that’s from my lack of solid food or lack of sleep over the weekend (probably both).

 

It’s actually been pretty convenient doing this cleanse as I made my juices this morning and took them in drink bottles to uni today so I only had to shake them up and have them at the two hour intervals.

 

My tummy has been rumbling quite a bit but that’s pretty normal for me so I’ll update you on the rumbling frequency tomorrow.

 

So far, so good. No miraculous weight loss experiences to report yet but I’m feeling a bit healthier (placebo maybe?).

 

Until tomorrow, drink up!

 

-M x

 

Juice Cleanse Challenge!

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Us post juice cleanse.

I’ve heard all about how a juice cleanse is the best way to rid your body of toxins and kick start a diet but I have always been a bit of a sceptic with this particular diet. Who actually wants cut out all solids for 3-5 days?!

Nobody, that’s who.

Facebook seems to be on my back about this one with the only ads on my feed lately being about how amazing juice cleanses are and how “I lost 5 kilos in 3 days! You can do it too!”. I wasn’t convinced until I opened this month’s OK Magazine and saw a two-page spread on “How to Cleanse” and how all the celebrities love it- and let’s be honest, if Jennifer Aniston said it works I had to give it a go; who doesn’t want to look like Rachel?

So, in the name of research, I decided I would give the infamous juice cleanse a go and invite you to give it a go with me. I’m going to start next Monday (October 6th 2014) and go until Wednesday on a 3-day juice cleanse and would love for us to do it together, encouraging each other along the way!

According to OK Magazine and many other websites the best way to start a juice cleanse is by drinking 8 glasses of water a day for the three days leading up to the cleanse and cutting out all junk food, alcohol and caffeine as well. So that starts tomorrow… goodbye coffee and chocolate covered raspberries, I’ll miss you!

The next step is to stock up our fridges with all of the fruity (and vegetabely) goodness to start making our juices on Monday. During the actual cleanse we are supposed to drink 6 juices a day with a 2 hour break between each drink so we are going to need a lot of fruity goodness. I’ve decided to go with a red, green, gold and yellow juice for my cleanse.

Here are the recipes and ingredients we will need.

Red Juice:
• 2 apples
• 3 carrots
• 1.5 beets
• 1 tablespoon ginger
• Half a lemon (juiced)
• 4 celery sticks

Green Juice:
• 4 celery sticks
• 1 cucumber
• 2 apples
• ¾ cup spinach
• 3 kale leaves
• 5 parsley ribs
• 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Gold Juice:
• 1/3 pineapple
• 3 apples
• 3 tablespoons mint finely chopped
• 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Yellow Juice:
• 3 tablespoons lemon
• ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
• 1 ¼ tablespoon raw honey
• 425mL water

So there we go… let’s drink heaps of water and prepare ourselves for a yummy and healthy juice cleanse kick-starter. I’ll be posting each day with an update of how the cleanse is going. Let me know if you are going to join in!

– M xx

Mmm Smoothies

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Let’s be honest; there have been around 10,000 blogs, vlogs and websites made about “healthy smoothies” and “green smoothies” in the last year alone. I’m not going to pretend that is a super different post with some revolutionary ingredient to change your life, but I will say that as a lover of all things edible and yummy these simple recipes have changed my mind on smoothies. They somehow taste absolutely delicious, fill me up and don’t make me feel like I’ve just eaten two bags of spinach.

I’m usually in a rush in the mornings (I love my beauty sleep) so I make these smoothies so I can quickly get a yummy, filling breakfast and head off to uni in time for class.

Banana Bonanza

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What you’ll need is:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 teaspoon of raw honey
  • A decent shake of cinnamon
  • 200mL of your choice of milk (I like to mix it up)
  • 100mL of water (can be coconut if you’re extra fancy)
  • 1 teaspoon of chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons of your choice of yoghurt (my favourite is Greek but go for it, chuck in strawberry)
  • Some ice (optional)

Chuck it all in a whizzer, turn it on and voila! You have your very own Banana Bonanza (the names make them taste even yummier.)

Chia seeds are little bombs of nutrients. “Chia” is the ancient Mayan word for “strength” (or so they tell me) and they are loaded with antioxidants, fibre and protein.

Berry Blast

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What you’ll need is:

  • 1 cup of frozen berries
  • Half a banana
  • 1 teaspoon of raw honey
  • 200mL of pure apple juice
  • 100mL of water
  • 2 tablespoons of your choice of yoghurt
  • Some ice (optional)

You know what to do. Whizz it up and you are ready for a blast of berry goodness!

Using pure apple juice means that you won’t have any of the added sugar that lots of companies put in to their juices and it will be just as sweet with the raw honey added.

Green Monster

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This one scared me to begin with too. I mean who wants to drink their vegetables? Yuck. But trust me, this is just as sweet and delicious as the others!

You will need:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 handful of spinach
  • 1 handful of kale
  • 8-10cm diced cucumber
  • 8-10cm diced celery
  • ½ a pear/apple cut in to pieces.
  • 1 sprig of mint
  • About 1/2 thumb- thumb of grated ginger (optional)
  • 150mL pure apple juice
  • 100mL water

We forgot the mint and ginger in the photo – oops!

Mix it all up and you have yourself one of the most amazing smoothies known to man.

The ginger in this one is amazing for fighting or warning off colds! I have this one when I’m feeling a bit down or stuffy. It’s a great start to the day and the apple juice, banana and pear/apple sweeten it up.

I would definitely recommend grating the ginger, as it can get quite stringy otherwise. I speak from experience.

I like to prepare the ingredients for my morning smoothie the night before and keep it in a bowl in the fridge. I obviously don’t add the juice, milk, water or yoghurt until the next morning but it makes the whole process even quicker and the flavours morph together overnight to make them extra yummy!

 

Bon appétit!

-M x

Little Bites of Heaven

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If we’re honest with ourselves, whilst we say that our life goals involve personal and career success (happiness, love, white picket fences, fitness, health and a kick-ass job all whilst donating an admirable amount of time and money helping the less fortunate and saving the world) all we really want is to find a way to eat all the yummy foods without being unhealthy and putting on weight.

Unfortunately, I am yet to discover such a miracle (don’t worry, I’m still looking) but what I have found is a snack that tastes naughty but is actually packed full of healthy nutrition! These cacao and date balls are to die for. As a long-term chocaholic, they give me my chocolate fix without the usual guilt and are a breeze to make!

Cocoa & Date Balls

  • 1 cup Whole Medjool Dates or Pitted Dates *
  • 1 cup Walnuts and/or Almonds
  • cup Cacao Powder or Cocoa Powder ^
  • cup Coconut Oil
  • ½ cup Shredded Coconut (plus extra to serve)
  • 1 tbs Chia Seeds

Notes:

*If you are using medjool dates they will need to be pitted before your begin. If you are using pitted dates, soak them in warm water for 15 minutes before you begin.

^Whilst I have used cocoa in this batch, they are just as yummy (and even healthier) with cacao powder. You can get your hands on some at your local health food store.

  1. Add nuts, cocoa, shredded coconut, coconut oil and chia seeds to a blender or food processor and mix until a powder-like consistency.
  2. Add dates to the mix and process until combined. (If the mixture is too dry, add 1 tbs of water or coconut oil to the mix)
  3. Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes.
  4. Roll mixture into bite-sized balls.
  5. Roll the balls in additional shredded coconut.
  6. Store in the fridge to harden a little.
  7. Bon appétit!

-N x

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