Meatless Monday Recipe – Green Smoothie & Green Juice

13 Jan

I am all about smoothies and juices these days.  I just find they are great when I am hungry but don’t actually want to eat something.  I walk away feeling satisfied but not full and never bloated which is a great feeling…especially on days when I am not feeling optimal 😉

The smoothie recipe is one I put together after experimenting with various ingredients.  I needed something green but with a bit of sweetness and came up with this one…it’s actually pretty good!!  The juice recipe is actually my daughter’s creation.  The kids wanted to experiment this past weekend when they saw me juicing and although my son claimed to have enjoyed his concoction, it didn’t make the list.  My daughter’s however, was a success!!!  So proud of her 🙂

Green Smoothie

Handful of spinach
3-5 leaves of kale
1/4 english cucumber
1/2 organic pear
1 pineapple spear
4-5 pitted dates
1 tsp raw maca powder
water to max level of nutribullet

Blend together and pour into a glass over ice.  Voila!

Isabella’s Green Juice

1 tangerine (you can use 2 if you like it more citrusy)
Handful of spinach
3-5 leaves of kale
1/2 english cucumber
1  pear

Add ingredients to juicer in this order (it’s important to put a wet fruit/veggie such as cucumber or pear at the end to ensure all the leafy veggies have properly been put through the juicer).  Pour over a glass of ice and enjoy!

People often ask me what is the difference between juicing and blending (including my son yesterday) so I thought I would try and quickly explain it here.  Juicing is a process which extracts water and nutrients from produce and gets rid of all the indigestible fiber.  Why would anyone want to discard fiber right?  Well, without all the fiber, your digestive system doesn’t have to work as hard to break down the food and absorb the nutrients.  It actually makes the nutrients more readily available to the body in larger quantities than if you were to eat the fruits and vegetables whole.  It is a great cleansing process which provides the body with vitamins and nutrients while giving the digestive system a break.  Be careful though…juicing should not be done for long periods of time and if juicing only fruits – since the juice is absorbed into your blood stream so rapidly – it would cause a rapid spike in your blood sugar levels.

Blending (smoothies) consist of the entire fruit or vegetable, skin and all and contain all of the fiber from the vegetables.  The blending process breaks down the fiber which makes it more digestible and also helps create a slow, even release of nutrients into the blood stream and avoids blood sugar spikes.  Smoothies tend to be more filling and are definitely faster to make than juice. Smoothies are great for breakfast as they are quick and easy and you can drink it on your way to work or wherever you’re headed for the day!!

Until next  time,

Have a fit and fabulous day!



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