Banana and blueberry smoothie

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I always make a fresh juice or smoothie in the morning as I find it sets me up really well for the day ahead and doesn’t fill me up too much.  This is a really simple smoothie recipe to make and it’s really delicious.

(Serves 1)

  • 3 bananas
  • Handful of blueberries (either fresh or frozen)
  • Small cupful of water

Add all the ingredients to a jug and blend (I use a hand-held blender as it’s so quick and easy to clear up afterwards.

Blueberries are really, really great for us.  They’re packed full of antioxidants, vitamin C, B complex, vitamin A, vitamin E, copper, selenium, iron and zinc.  Pretty amazing little berries!

Orange, carrot, celery and ginger juice

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I must admit, sometimes my choice of juice in the morning is less about what would work well in terms of flavour and more about what is sitting at the bottom of the veg box.  The combinations definitely get more eclectic as the week goes on!  However, this is a happy combination of good flavours AND using up some of our copious amounts of celery!

I often juice orange, carrot and ginger as they work so well together but today I’ve added the celery and actually it works really well and just takes away that occasionally slightly too sweet, citric bite of the oranges.

PLUS celery is really good for us – it reduces inflammation in the body, it contains magnesium, which soothes the nervous system, it aids digestion, can help lower our blood pressure, can reduce ‘bad’ cholesterol and has even been shown in a couple of American studies to be effective in slowing the growth of cancer cells.  Will definitely be adding it to juices more often from now on.

(Serves 2)

  • 6 oranges
  • 5 large carrots
  • 4 stalks of celery
  • 2 inches of ginger (I love the fiery taste of ginger but you may prefer to use slightly less)

(All organic)

Peel the oranges, juice, stir and serve.

Start your day as you mean to go on….

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I always think that if you make a healthy start then you’re more likely to make healthy choices for the rest of the day.  Breakfast is exactly what it says – you’re breaking a fast  so it makes sense to me to do it gently and to nourish and hydrate your body with lots of fresh, nutrient-rich and easy-to-digest ingredients.

I always start the day with a cup of warm water with fresh lemon and ginger.  (Be careful not to have the water too hot or you’ll destroy some of the nutrients in the lemon and ginger.)

There are so many great benefits to doing this including the following:

  • A gentle wake-up call for your digestive system
  • The warm water and lemon acts as a natural diuretic to get your kidneys working well and to clear some of the toxins that have built up in your body overnight
  • Lemons are high in vitamin C, which gives a natural boost to your immune system.  Vitamin C also helps to improve iron absorption within our bodies
  • Despite being acidic lemons actually have an alkalising effect on our bodies, which is great for our health
  • The vitamin C, as well as other antioxidants, helps to reduce wrinkles and blemishes so it’s great for our skin
  • From an aromatherapy point of view the smell of lemons is believed to brighten our mood and clear our minds
  • Ginger is known to help relieve stomach cramps and nausea – perfect for any pregnant ladies out there or if you’ve overindulged the night before

After drinking hot water, lemon and ginger I tend to opt for fresh juice.  My lovely friend Jess introduced me to juicing a few months back and I have to say I’m now something of an addict!

One of my favourite early morning juices is this delicious green juice – full of amazing nutrients:

  • 1/2 a cucumber
  • 3 stalks of celery
  • Couple of handfuls of kale or spinach
  • 3 apples
  • 1/2 a bulb of fennel

(I always use organic fruit and veg)

The juicer I use doesn’t need fruit or veg to be peeled first (apart from citrus fruits) so I literally just pop all the ingredients through and a couple of minutes later I’m good to go!

 

Note: Because the acid present in fruits can affect the enamel on our teeth so it’s best to wait at least half an hour after drinking juice before you clean your teeth.

Beetroot, apple and ginger juice

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So, my juice addiction continues…  This is one of my current favourites, which is handy because our organic veg box from Abel and Cole is currently crammed full of apples and beetroot!

Simply juice the following:

(Serves 2)

  • 6 apples
  • 3 beetroot
  • 1 inch of fresh ginger

Beetroots are packed full of nutrients including calcium, iron, vitamins A and C and folic acid and when you eat them raw or juice them you’re getting even more of that goodness.  Also, don’t overlook the leaves – you can use them in the same way you would spinach.

Enjoy!