Easy peasy lemon squeezy – Green Smoothies

Easy peasy lemon squeezy – Green Smoothies

Over the past year, I have developed a routine of having a green smoothie on an almost daily basis. I’ve recently had a few people ask me what I put in my smoothies so I thought I’d share some of my favourite recipes.

I can’t take all the credit for these delicious smoothies however. I joined a “30 day green smoothie challenge” about this time last year in which you were sent a different recipe everyday, along with shopping lists and facts on ingredients. Since then, I have developed quite a taste for strange vegetable and fruit concoctions.

What I’ve learnt about green smoothies..

  • It really doesn’t matter what you put in them! Just chuck in veggies and  a piece of fruit, like an apple or pear for some sweetness.
  • Although I’ve used measurements in the below recipes, it’s not entirely necessary. Just go with the flow!
  • Green smoothies are great for a meal replacement. I mostly have mine with breakfast or morning tea at work.
  • Although I love to use coconut water because it adds some sweetness, you can just use regular, tap water.
  • I bought a Cuisinart Compact Blender Stainless Steel which came with a variety of different sized  jars, including chopping cups (for making dips or chopping nuts, etc) and travel cups. The travel cups are great because you can make the smoothies to-go without even needing to pour it in to a different cup. Needless to say,  I am very happy with my selection.
  • I use a blender as oppose to a juicer because, 1) juicers are hard to clean – who can be bothered? 2) the majority of nutrients comes from the peel of fruit and veg.
  • After completing my 30 day challenge, I continue to have green smoothies regularly as I feel fuller and healthier.
  • I love adding ginger and garlic for a kick. They’re incredibly good for you and help when you’re feeling under the weather.
  • Lastly, I find making smoothies is really fun, especially mixing different ingredients together!

So here’s my top 6 favourite smoothies. If you’re missing an ingredient, don’t worry about it. Experimenting is half the fun.

Let me know which ones you like best!

Bright Citrus Berry (my favourite)

1 cup blueberries
1 orange
1 cup spinach
1 handful parsley
1 cup coconut or regular water

Apple Cleanse

1 apple
2 cups spinach
1 handful basil
1 lime
1 cup coconut water

Alison’s regular

1/4 Cucumber
1 Celery stick
1 Apple
1 Lime
Handful of Spinach
Cup of Coconut water

Healing Detox Smoothie 

1 banana
½ cucumber
1 rib celery
1 handful parsley
1 knuckle ginger
1 cup coconut or regular water

Berry Green Smoothie

1 cup blueberries
1 cup strawberries
2 cups greens of choice
1 handful mint
1 cup coconut water

Young & Raw Smoothie

2 cups mango – fresh or frozen
1 lime
4 leaves kale
1 inch knuckle ginger
1 cup coconut or regular water

The challenge is a great way to get healthy and explore new ingredients. If you’re interested in green smoothies and health foods generally, head on over to Young and Raw.

That’s it from me..
Sending you love, light & health, Alison

PS. some picture of ingredients that I already had in the house – might provide some inspiration!

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I quit sugar!

Four weeks ago, I quit sugar! Chocolate, lollies, fruit, juice, soft drink, tomato sauce – I’ve quit it all. Inspired by Sarah Wilson, author of I Quit Sugar, I decided to lay off the sugar for 8 weeks. Half way through the program now, I’m feeling pretty good and quite impressed I’ve come this far – and I’m determined to finish the last four weeks too! It’s been really interesting learning about everything sugar-related and actually being mindful of what I was shoving down my throat. Why I’m doing it? I was a) curious b) bored c) wanted to improve my energy levels and avoid the 3.30 slump and rush to 7/11 and finally, d) to see if my skin improved.

Week 1 and 2 were pretty easy, I aimed to slowly work myself off sugar. It was really just beginning to be conscious of what contained sugar and being aware of what I was putting in to my body. Week 3 marked the absolutely NO SUGAR part of the program. That surprisingly went fairly well too. But then, day one of week 4… BANG! I was feeling dizzy, sweaty and faint – the lack of sugar in my diet had finally hit me. I went straight to my filing cabinet at work and pulled out my saladas and vegemite – I’m not sure what you file at work but my cabinet consists of mostly food. The rest of week 4 improved, thankfully. I had my first visit to a health food shop which was super exciting! I found lots of organic and sugar-less alternatives including cacao nibs, raw cacao powder and coconut butter and oil. The cooking so far has been a bit bland but it’s slowly improving. According to Sarah Wilson, week 5 is when you really start to notice the lack of sugar so I should be in for a ride this week.

What I’ve noticed so far? My energy levels seem to be improving, less up and down than usual, especially in the afternoons at work. I also feel a lot less bloated. My concerns? As I’ve cut out fruit, I’m really conscious of eating well. I’m trying to eat as much vegetables as I can, it’s tough though! Another concern is that I’m replacing sugar with more (bad) fats. I’ll try to eat less of these in the coming weeks.

I’d like to take the opportunity to apologise to anyone who has witnessed my mood swings, particularly my brother and his girlfriend. They’ve seen some award winning tantrums!

Four weeks to go – wish me luck! I’ll report back with the rest of my findings soon.