Small steps food series
Juicing and Smoothies
Let me say something about drinking your breakfast…
...some people just don’t get it! For them, a glass of something is not a meal (or just doesn’t jingle their bells).
Just in case you ever wondered what differentiates a juice from a smoothie: juicing is the act of removing the fibre from fruit and vegetables. It allows the nutrients to be absorbed straight into the body. I love a good veggie juice, with a little added sweetness.
Smoothies are blending vegetables and fruits at high speeds until they are….you guessed it…smooth! Fibre remains intact.
Like all things food - a morning juice or smoothie works for some people and doesn’t for others. And there’s no rules around the time of day we eat certain things either. The Simple Smoothie I show you below is often afternoon tea around here.
This whole Breakfast Series has been a gentle invitation to try something new - to experiment and take a small step towards nourishing your body with something REAL.
So perhaps, if drinking your breakfast hasn’t been your thing in the past - it might just be worth a try! Savvy wholefoodies often pre-pack their smoothies the night before. It definitely helps to have frozen bananas on standby ALL THE TIME for a smoothie emergency.
And don’t worry if you don’t have a spiffy juicing machine. I bought one second-hand for $20 and it’s done us well - though something that works much slower is what I’d love for Christmas...hint hint to the husbo.
Enjoy experimenting and remember that one size does NOT fit all. So if your favourite Instagram Celebrity is walking around with green juices - it might work for them, but if it doesn’t make you feel good, stick to what you love.
Tune in, get to know yourself and listen to that amazing body of yours.
Recipes to try
It could not get simpler than this! This often goes in my kids bellies as soon as they get home.
- 2 Frozen Bananas
- 2 handfuls of cashews
- 1 avocado
- 2 glasses of water (or coconut water or milk of choice)
Place all ingredients in a blender and whizz it up for 60 seconds or until smooth.
Optional additions: Spinach, strawberries, cucumber or any other fruit you desire
- 1 banana (frozen)
- 1 handful of cashews
- 1 dessert spoon peanut butter
- 1 tsp cacao/cocoa
- 1 glass water
1. Place all ingredients into a high speed blender for 1-2 minutes and drink away!
2. Top with fresh fruit, a sprinkle of my Granola, coconut flakes - or drink as is!
Freshly made 'Rainbow Juice' – Simply juice celery, cucumber, carrot, lettuce, watermelon
- Two handfuls of raw cashews
- Water (for four of us I use three large glasses of water. Add or reduce depending on how thick you like it and how many are drinking it!)
- Half an avocado
- 5 stalks of kale
- 1 apple or pear
- a handful of frozen berries
- 1 frozen banana
- A heaped tablespoon of raw cacao
- Teaspoon half of vanilla (I use organic vanilla bean paste)
- A dash of maple syrup
- 8 ice cubes
1. Grind your cashews and then blend up with water. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until a smooth consistency is reached.
* For nut free you could use oats instead of cashews.
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