Smoothies are a great way to boost your health and get in a load of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, healthy fats and more. If you're not really a breakfast person but feel you need something a smoothie is a lovely refreshing alternative.
I do recommend you put in 3 vegetables to 1 fruit so you are not getting too much sugar/ fructose.
Also add a protein source if you're having it as a standalone meal.
Its worth having a play around with the ingredients to get it how you like.
Here's some ideas for you to try.
Just choose from each box, blend and enjoy
This is a soup my mum put together and cooks regularly. Over the last couple of years she has turned her life around following an awful car accident and several health problems. Eliminating certain foods from her diet and eating foods that combat inflammation she really is an inspiration to anybody! This soup is a definite powerhouse of anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidants ingredients. You could use any protein source you have available, and just be careful if you use fresh turmeric its far stronger than dried! Especially if the kiddies are eating it!
Chop onion, garlic, ginger, celeriac, carrot, sweet potato and courgette. Fry turkey, onion, garlic in coconut oil. Add mustard and nigella seeds so they pop. Add turmeric and Garam masala. Mix well. Add the rest of the chopped vegetables. Add stock and cook for about 20/30 mins until vegetables are soft. Enjoy xx
Its that time of year isn't it when all the detox programs come out, but what is it all about and is it necessary to do a detox.
Detoxification as we think of it is actually the 'biotransformation' of potentially harmful substances and compounds, so they can be safely eliminated out of the body. These substances and compounds are produced both within our body and found in the environment. Food, drink and medications all need to be detoxified as well other molecules such as toxic metals, pollution, plastics, toxins, mould, pesticides, alcohol, and the many chemicals found in beauty products and cleaning products. To name but a few!
Studies on the affect of toxicity from chemicals found in our environment are not new. As we age all of us are gradually accumulating more and more of these chemicals with the average person being exposed to well over 500 chemicals per day! The extent to which we are affected by these toxins depends on our level of exposure and the ability of our detoxification systems.
The good news is that our body is detoxifying all the time with the main detox organ being the liver, whilst others, the kidneys, lungs, skin and digestive system also helping to eliminate toxins out of the body. To work properly these systems need a variety of nutrients, co factors (helping other nutrients), enzymes ( to help reactions take place) and elimination pathways to work properly.
Some of the signs of poor detoxification may include sluggishness, headaches, low energy and fatigue, dark circles under the eyes, low mood and irritation and skin breakouts. Here are 5 ways you can lower your toxic load.
1) Try and reduce toxins from foods and drink. For example eating organic would reduce pesticide exposure. You could start by looking at the clean 15 produced by the environmental working group here.
2) Ensure you eat a good range of colourful fruit and vegetables supplying the antioxidants to support detoxification systems.
3) Use more natural beauty and cleaning products.
4) Use glass storage and baking paper instead of plastics, cling film or tin foil.
5)Try and get active and sweaty everyday to promote elimination through the skin.
Some people who otherwise feel their diet and lifestyle is 'clean' but still don't 'feel right' might require further targeted nutritional recommendations to support detoxification pathways. Certain nutrient deficiencies or genetic factors for example can compromise detoxification systems. I found I have a specific compromised gene which means I have a reduced capacity for producing an enzyme responsible for clearing toxins potentially leading to an increased risk of chemical sensitivity. Supporting the detoxifications systems through nutrition does not mean a strict juice cleanse or restrictive diet rather changes that can be implemented everyday to ensure the nutrients needed for adequate detoxification are there. Its possible through diet and lifestyle to improve detoxification but sometimes you may also need added supplement support.
Hope this helps! xx