Juicing (or smoothing) has enjoyed a resurgence of popularity these last couple of years, particularly with the rise of the raw food movement. More and more people are being turned onto the benefits of getting a whole fistful of antioxidant and vitamins in one easy-to-digest glass of goodness. Starting your day with a big hit of nutrients and vitamins will sustain your body for hours on end, and with the addition of healthy fats like coconut or nuts, you’ll be sure to last until lunchtime. The density of nutrients in these power smoothies are fantastic for the skin too, encouraging the purging of free radicals from the body and delivering a powerful hit of skin-loving vitamins into your bloodstream. And they taste pretty darn good to boot, refreshing, sustaining and satisfying!
The main difference? Juices these days have come a long way from the sugar rich, preservative-packed supermarket varietals of my youth. Nowadays all you need is a juice machine (there is a vast range of sophisticated, powerful and quiet machines and presses available) and a variety of fruit and vegetables, pass them through the juice press and BOOM- fresh juice at your disposal.
Smoothies on the other hand are made with a blender, allowing the nutrients to be whizzed into really easy-to-absorb pieces. They also have the additional benefit of fibre and are made with anything from a mixture of fruit to leafy greens. The addition of the latter was how the green smoothie was born- and it can be made by adding spinach, kale, rocket, lettuces, herbs, or a variety of other ‘green’ vegetables previously not considered really suitable for drinking. The good thing is, the addition of these greens means you get so many good phytonutrients it’s not funny! And you can barely taste them once blended with your other goodness-packed ingredients. It’s great to experiment with different combinations to find your own personal faves, adding things like raw cacao nibs, coconut flesh and/ or water, chia seeds, LSA and pure protein powders.
I recently saw a post on Refinery 29, with a couple of damn-fine-sounding recipes. Curiosity piqued, they’ve since been tried, tweaked, varied, and guzzled. I love them all. Thanks to Refinery 29 for sharing these great recipes and a big cheers to the blogs that posted these originally (I have noted the links below should you wish to explore these sites for more healthy inspiration – I highly recommend it!)
1. Health Is Happiness’s Raw Chocolate and Green Smoothie
This recipe originally posted on Pinterest, from HealthIsHappiness.com. It is simply sensational! The cashews make it awesomely creamy and indulgent tasting, whilst having all the lovely benefits of good fats along with the antioxidants of the raw cacao. Bliss.
Ingredients to blend up a storm with :
- 1/2 cup raw cashews
- 1 banana
- 1/4 raw cacao nibs
- 2 tablespoons chopped mint
- 1/2 avocado
- 2 pitted medjool dates
- 2 cups almond milk (or other non-dairy milk) – or more
- 4-6 ice cubes
- 1 teaspoon maca powder (optional)
Zingy and more awakening than a cup of hydration-zapping coffee! Blend or juice- whatever your preference.
- 4 romaine leaves
- 3 sticks of celery
- 2 green apples, cored and cut into large pieces
- 1″ of fresh ginger
- 3/4 – 1 whole english cucumber, cut into fourths
- 1 lemon, quartered
Blend or juice, then sip away.
3. Super Green Smoothie
Thanks to Urban Remedy Cleanse and the wonderful Emma Seibold for this amazingly tasty cleansing recipe! The avo and banana add a wonderfully rich and smooth element.
- 1/2 cup apple juice (freshly squeezed or bottled if you’re short on time)
- 1/2 small avocado
- 1 banana
- A handful baby spinach
- 2 or 3 cos (romaine) lettuce leaves
- A handful of ice
- A tablespoon of chia seeds
Blend or juice all ingredients together and enjoy.
So juice up lovelies, you’ve got nothing to lost and a whole lotta glow to gain!
Give it a shot and let me know how you’re feeling!
Image via http://greatbodyskin.com
Love and mega vibrance!