To maintain health through diet; the idea is to eat as healthily as possible which involves consuming a little fruit and a lot of vegetables per day. (The government recommendation of “5-a-day” is the absolute bare minimum really, purely because the average persons diet is so poor that 5 is just about realistic for them.) Which is a sad thing as we have moved so far away from what nature has provided us with, that we are losing our connection to the earth and the abundance it offers. But you are not the average person – not now that you have found ME! You are now officially a juice junkie, a wellness warrior, an empowered superbeing!
One of the things I hear people complain about with raw food is that it is time-consuming. Hmm an apple, a pear or a banana is the fastest food on the planet and it costs less than a Big Mac, which is saying something. You may argue that you want something “more exciting”, fattier, more filling etc but try eating 3 apples in a row, 2 even and you might realise that you are actually full. Infact, before you even do that, drink a pint of water and then tell me you’re still hungry. (Dehydration creates a feeling that we often mistake for hunger.) As for “more exciting” – that is just the conditioning that your brain has created over the years of eating tasty-smelling eye candy but dull, lackluster, acid-forming “food”. Real food strengthens your life force, sends happy messages to your cells to function properly and makes you feel good.
So where am I going with this? I want to tell you that 5-a-day isn’t enough, that each meal or snack, juice or shake should be filled to the brim with vibrant, glow-inducing, get-your-funk-on, joy-giving, pezazz-boosting nutrients. If you want to achieve all those things on your to-do list, then giving yourself real nutrition is the loving and best thing you can do to taking the first step of achieving those things because if you haven’t got the energy or the drive, ain’t nothing getting done honey!
To that end, I want to share with you my dinner last night. The Cool as a Pear Smoothie. Having a smoothie is great because;
1) It takes about 4 minutes, including wash up time.
2) I know that this is the fastest and quickest way to flood my body with all the nutrients that the ingredients contain without having to plough through mountains of food.
3) Broken down into a smoothie, the nutrients are more readily available giving my digestion less work to do, therefore taxing my energy LESS, allowing it to be focussed on the trillion other functions it carries out every minute.
4) It’s more filling than a juice and keeps me feeling nourished for a long time.
I try to make sure that I have finished eating at least 3 hours before I go to bed because the problem with eating just before going to sleep is that your body is designed to spend that time healing and repairing which it can’t do if it’s trying to digest those Gingernuts you just dipped in your tea or that ice-cream you inhaled!
There are no rules – you can have a smoothie for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Or have one when you fancy a snack. It’s a fantastic way to get greens and superfoods into your body that you wouldn’t otherwise eat. Disguise them with fruit and you’d never know!
I don’t want you to feel dispondent however at the lack of vegetables in your life. I don’t want you to feel dispair at what you’ve been doing “wrong” as there’s no such thing as wrong, just different AND it’s never too late to change. Your journey is your journey and one that you had to experience to get to this point.
Now, with new knowledge, go gradually and begin incorporating things like juices and smoothies and more plant based foods into your diet and gradually you will begin to shift to a cleaner diet. You may not even have to boldly decide that you’re never eating meat again. You can still have it but just have it twice a week instead of twice a day. You can still have coffee but have it as a treat on a Sunday instead of first thing to wake you up and 3 times more throughout the day to keep you going. The idea is to transition from a highly-acidic diet to an alkaline diet.
So back to the Cool as a Pear Smoothie that I had for dinner last night and the left over for my breakfast this morning.
- 2 cups almond milk
- 1 large handful spinach leaves
- 3 romaine lettuce leaves
- 1/4 chunk cucumber
- 1/2 teaspoon açaí powder ( packed full of cancer kick-butt antioxidants, Vits A,B1,B2,B3,C,E, Potassium etc)
- 1/2 teaspoon camu camu (brilliant source Vit C)
- 1 tbl hemp protein powder
- 1 pear
- drop of stevia (natural sweetener which has no effect on blood sugar – can use a date or honey if you prefer)
- 6 apricot kernels
Pour the almond milk into your high-speed blender such as the Vitamix, add in the other ingredients and process until smooth and creamy. Don’t worry if you don’t have these superfoods in your cupboard, it will taste dreamy without them.
For more info on superfoods, you can read all their amazing benefits here.
Love and green smoothies