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Juicing & Smoothie-Making: A Fad, Or A Great Way To Take Care Of Yourself?

Ever since we were kids it's been drilled into us that we need 'five a day' to keep us functioning properly, but did you know we're actually in need of more like 'twenty a day' if we're to be in tip-top health and get all the nutrients we need? Obviously this message is slightly intimidating and much harder to achieve, but there are simple ways in which you can inject much more fruit and veg into your diet without inhaling a vegateble patch alongside every meal. Fruit and vegetables are a great source of essential vitamins and minerals (including folate, vitamin C and potassium,) as well as being an excellent source of dietary fibre (which helps maintain a healthy gut and prevent digestive problems.) Consuming a respectable amount of fruit and veg can help reduce the risk of bowel cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity, so why are we not shovelling as much as phsyically possible down our throats at every given opportunity? Put simply, because it's quite hard to do so. Juicing and smoothie making has become incredibly popular over the last year, thanks to the adoption of celebrities and mainstream press, and for good reason - it isn't just a fad, but an easy way of ensuring a decent level of goodness in your diet with very little effort.


I was given a Breville Blend Active Smoothie Maker for my birthday and I can honestly say it's my most-used present ever. From the day I opened the box it's been in constant use, being filled with everything from apples and pears to ginger root and baobab powder. It's so easy to use too, which is the biggest hurdle with any new piece of kitchen equipment: the base unit comes with two bottles which you add your ingredients to, seal with the blending blade base, turn upside down and click into place. There's only one button to press, which whips the contents of your smoothie up into a lightweight liquid that you can drink directly from the bottle in which is was made. It takes me five minutes to cut up loads of fruit, chuck it in to the bottle and whizz myself up a tasty drink to start the day, knowing I've already had a huge hit of goodness before I've even left the house.

My favourite smoothie recipe include six ice cubes and a drop of almond milk (to keep the smoothie cold and add a bit of texture) mixed with an apple, pear, kiwi, banana, half a mango, handful of blueberries, chunk of fresh ginger root, sprinkling of baobab powder and a squirt of honey. You can include as much or as little as you like, but I love the fact I can get six portions of fruit (sometimes more if I add further fruit and re-blend) into one drink. I'm currently fascinated by the benefits of natural supplements and additives such as baobab powder and chia seeds, so a smoothie is a great base in which to chuck a sprinkling and know you're getting the benefits even if you don't do anything else for the rest of the day. You don't need to buy expensive juices from health food shops or smoothie bars when you can whip them up in minutes from the comfort of your own kitchen!

Want to know my top five reasons why I love homemade smoothies and juices?
1. You get all your goodness in one hit: If making a smoothie is the only thing you do that day, at least you've consumed a decent amount of nutrients and don't need to panic if you get to 6pm and have eaten a whole packet of biscuits.
2. They're quick, convenient and easy to make: You don't need to spend hours preparing, just chuck it all in and whip it up. You can even use browning bananas or wrinkly apples that you don't want to eat to clear the fridge; when they're mashed up you won't be able to tell the difference!
3. There are endless possibilities and concoctions: It's so fun to formulate your own smoothies and find out what works for your tastebuds; experiment and have fun, adding in anything you think may work and adjusting accordingly the next time around.
4. You can add all those pesky powders and seeds: I've long tried to integrate them into salads, soups and breakfast granolas, but it never quite works. Adding sunflower seeds, chia and boabab to a smoothie ensures they're eaten, but without detection or a powdery ceasar salad.
5. It's a tasty treat and great way to start the day: Even if you're not a breakfast person a tasty smoothie is a great way to kick-start your metabolism. When you're in a rush you can even take it with you and sip on your smoothie while jumping on the tube.

Why not be good to yourself this coming February and invest in a smoothie maker?


The Breville Blend Active is available online priced £24.99.


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11 comments

  1. I really love fresh, homemade smoothies. I'm always careful with how much fruit to put in so as not to make them too high in sugar, but I love having them for breakfast! They're really quick and easy to make to, and probably the only way i'd manage to get my portions of fruit and veg in.

    Antonia x | Fifi and the Diamonds

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  2. I like smoothies, but no matter what they have in them I never feel particularly full. I have actually lost 7 pounds in just under 3 weeks from bootcamp sessions and eating tesco healthy living meals!

    www.britishbeautyaddict.com

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  3. Been using frozen fruit to make smoothies for the last couple of months and my constant cold has disappeared (touch wood). Even though it's been freezing, I have sat shamelessly on the tube drinking my miracle frozen drink, while having coffee envy and getting some strange looks! I tend to make smoothies rather than juice as then I get all the goodness of the fruit and veg.

    xx

    http://suchaminoushe.blogspot.co.uk/

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  4. The only thing I resent about smoothies is how they don't keep you so full... and without realising it, in liquid form, you can ingest a crazy amount of calories (for instance, the smoothie combination you mentioned in the post amounts to around 300 cals). Sure, they're 200% good calories, but they're still calories, so these pretty colourful smoothies definitely don't help for weight loss. This is why I'm kind of irritated by the smoothie/juicing trend, with so many people making it seem as if smoothie-ing up was an easy way to lose weight - it's not. However, it's still, as you've said, an amazing way to get all the nutrients you need, so it's perfect for someone who's not trying to lose weight but who's just trying to live a healthy life!

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  5. Your favorite smoothie sounds really tasty! I will definitely try it someday!

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  6. Okay I have a secret to share... I have never had a smoothie in my life. Crazy huh? And I'm a real health nut who loves fruit!

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  7. we got a nutri bullet for christmas and I have enjoyed having veggies for breakfast way more than i thought i would, its really good!

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  8. I'm loving; spinach, kale, avocaodo, blueberries, raspberries, banana, and kiwi, blend it all up with a cup of water and voila! Green juice goodness! I'm looking to throw in some chai seeds next! I've been making this for a few weeks now, having it almost daily with my breakfast and it's made a huge difference to my energy levels and skin!

    Sarah :)
    Saloca in Wonderland

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  9. I'm loving green smoothies at the moment, kale, spinach, celery, avocado, cucumber, wheatgrass powder, cup of water and some fruit to sweeten it. Best way of getting my 5 a day as I am useless at eating fruit and veg otherwise!

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  10. I use a Nutribullet and I love it. What I will say though, is not to use loads of fruit in your smoothies as the sugar content will be rocketing, even though it's natural sugar. I base mine on green veg like spinach and kale and add things like carrot in there, with a smaller amount of fruit to sweeten and taste. You barely notice the green veg in it, in my experience too. Love having my daily smoothie though, although I've also been eating a lot of green veg on its own in the last 2 weeks, so I should be getting more than my 5 a day now haha. xx

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