Smoothies or Juicing? Its Your Choice

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We have all seen tv commercials advertising some great juicing apparatus and extolling the great benefits of juicing. If like me however you can’t be bothered with all the preparation hassles this tends to involve (although some juicers are very convenient to operate), you could use a blender or food processor instead to blend your preferred selection of fruits and vegetables with added water for a healthy smoothie concoction. The additional fiber (if you aren’t fiber intolerant) gained from the blending rather than juicing makes this a preferred option for me.

Smoothies and juicing can be an excellent method to get one’s daily recommended allowance of healthy nutrients, minerals and vitamins and also a great way to shed a few pounds and detox the body. Always consult a qualified health practitioner or doctor before embarking on any health regime as this is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any health condition or ailment. These are suggestions based purely on my personal experience of the health benefits achieved. In particular if you have blood sugar issues you may wish to first seek medical opinion on whether it is wise to embark on juicing because of the reputed concentrated high sugar levels; albeit natural sugar.

I find that I am quite experimental with my fruit and vegetable combinations depending on how I feel on the day. I tend to have purely fruit combinations in the morning for a delectable morning smoothie while settling for fruit and vegetable combinations for afternoons or evenings. Depending on the fruit and vegetable combinations, I sometimes add coconut milk, organic yoghurt, fresh juice, honey or simply filtered water to achieve the desired consistency. Every few months I’ll embark on a smoothie fast. I mentally prepare myself for this at least a week in advance and ensure I am well stocked up on a wide selection of fruits and vegetables to last me for the duration of the fast which will range from three days to seven days. A word of caution for delicate tummies, a dedicated fast may sometimes produce the undesired the effect of an upset tummy or excessive bloatedness.

To lose excess weight quickly but healthily, simply replace 1 to 2 meals daily with fresh green juice or preferred smoothie combinations. There are loads of recipes available online but you could make your personal recipes by mixing an eco-friendly leafy vegetable or two with one,two or even more fruits or more as you desire. I do have a wide selection of superfood powders that I often add to the blend for an extra turbo energy boost. Stuff like organic sunflower seeds, flax seeds, chia seeds, cacao powder, baobab powder, acai powder, goji berries, lucuma powder and several more different ones. Your local health store will stock many of these varieties. Where possible, I tend to purchase organic brands or brands reputed for adopting superior harvesting and processing methods. I do a lot of research to try to understand the different methods and which ones offer the best bioavailability to the body. I will be touching on some of these in later blogs but for now instead of giving you prescriptive recipes, just try and experiment with as wide a variety of vegetables and fruits as possible and discover which recipes appeal to your palate. To give you some idea of the range of fruits and vegetables I tend to use:

• Spinach
• Celery
• Carrots,
• Beetroot
• Broccoli
• Bell Peppers
• Ginger
• Cucumber
• Cauliflower
• Kale
• Plums
• Clementines
• Apples
• Pears
• Lemons
• Pineapples
• Oranges
• Strawberries
• Blueberries
• Pitted Prunes
• Raspberries
• Avocado pears
• Watermelon
• Bananas

maxresdefaultWhere possible, I try as possible to make use of seasonal varieties that are available. If you stick to as wide and as colourful a range of fruits and vegetables as you possibly can you’ll definitely be getting a good range of vitamins and minerals in comparison with the average person on the street as well as reducing your calorie intake in a healthy way. However, just start small in whichever way you can and build up your range over time as you begin to enjoy the benefits and the habit of blending and/or juicing different combinations of fruits and vegetables

Once you form the habit of regularly juicing or blending fruits and vegetable for your smoothies, you’ll be fast on your way to becoming a juicing or smoothie-making expert, able to blend or juice up the most exotically healthy combinations. Your body will thank you for it when you begin to experience the many benefits such as improved skin tone and clarity, weight loss including reduced waist line, better hydration and improved bowel movements and so much more

So, now you know, I hope this motivates you to get out your blender or juicer or to invest in a good one. There are lots of reviews online to help you decide which one is best for you based on your budget. Start making it a regular habit to juice or to make your blended fruit and vegetable smoothies. Drop me a line to let me know how you get on or to share tips on your own experience.
Happy blending or juicing!

From my heart to yours, always
Kobi Emmanuella-King

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