Super Duper Liver Cleansing Juice

As you may or may not know, I am on a serious detox mission. I am going through my life with a red pen and crossing out all the things I don’t like and rewriting my essay. I will update on this over the next few weeks but so far I am slowly moving through the sections of my life; career, location and exercise. Next up ‘toxic people’: people in my life that don’t enrich, support and inspire. But then it got me thinking… there was one little friend that I was neglecting. My poor liver! In the past I have been a bad friend and I almost wondered if our relationship was irreparable but then I read this quote and felt so much better;

Every 35 days, your skin replaces itself. Your liver about a month. Your body makes new cells from the food you eat.
Your new food literally becomes you. You have a choice in what you are made of.

Wow! Our bodies are amazing… and so forgiving. It was time to show that ugly little organ some love!

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5 Foods that Cleanse your Liver

  1. Citrus in general, but especially Grapefruit, Lemon and Lime – Full of Vitamin C and antioxidants
  2. Leafy Greens – All the chlorophyll in these babies suck up all the nasty toxins in your blood stream. They also neutralize heavy metals and pesticides.
  3. Apples – The pectins in apples helps your body to cleanse and your digestive tract to release toxins. This lightens the load on your liver.
  4. Beetroot – Chockablock full of plant-flavonoids which are vital for getting that liver into gear. Same goes for carrots!
  5. Maca powder – Our liver break down excess hormones, so if it is not functioning to tip top condition it can actually create hormone imbalances. Maca is famous for correcting hormone imbalances. A match made in heaven!
    Condition: if you have any liver or kidney disease speak to your naturopath or doctor before consuming.

Note…

If you are wanting to detox your liver then try as hard as you can to source organic produce! Otherwise you are detoxing yourself with food full of residual chemicals which can be a little nonconstructive.

Recipe

These ingredients (using a cold-press juicer) made 2 big juices. You could easily get 3 out of it or 4 ‘shots on the go’ style juices. liver cleansing juice ingredients

  • 4 stalks kale
  • Quarter of a bunch of parsley (I used flat leaf)
  • 1 large beetroot
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1/2 green capsicum
  • 2 apples
  • small knob of ginger
  • 2 teaspoons raw maca powder
  • 2 teaspoons bee pollen

Method

Place all ingredients except the maca and bee pollen in your juicer.

Any juice you are consuming then and there add maca powder and stir.

Garnish with 2 teaspoons of bee pollen.

Drink within 10 minutes.

Do a little jig to celebrate how nice you are being to your liver!

Juicing for Later?

I make juices to take out and about with me or for my husband to take to work. Fruit starts to lose it’s goodness after being juiced so it is important to immediately transfer it to an airtight container and keep in a dark place (fridge, esky, handbag). Old jam jars work a treat! You must consumer the juice within 48 hours though.

Do not add the maca and pollen in advance as your juice will go gluggy.

What is your can’t-live-without juice ingredient?
Would love to hear in the comments.

Super Simple Clothes Washing Powder

OK… my darling baby has just gone down for what is meant to be her second nap of the day (who am I kidding?) which means we have approximately 12.36 minutes to get this post out! I’ve painted red stripes down each of my arms because apparently that makes you go faster.

My laundry cupboard

My laundry cupboard

In my last post about Greening Your Cleaning (see it here) I mentioned that I hadn’t found a good clothes washing solution yet. Well HUZZAH! I have for the past week been using a different blend and it has been awesome. I do some pretty heavy duty washing – I am using cloth nappies only! – and they come out as clean as ever. Best yet this is such a sensitive mix which is perfect for the soft little bum that is going to be wearing the garments.

What You Need

Ingredients

  • 1 bar (50 – 80g) vegetable-based soap (AKA Castile Soap)
  • 1 cup Washing Soda (could be substituted with bicarb soda)
  • 1 cup Borax
  • Optional: 10 – 20 drops Essential Oil

Equipment

  • Blender

Method

  1. Chop your soap into smaller chunks and put into blender
  2. Add borax, washing soda and essential oil (if you are using it) and blend into a fine powder.
  3. I used 10 drops of tea tree oil and 5 drops of lavender oil for anti-fungal, anti-viral properties… as well as just a nice bit of smell!
  4. Store in sterile jar. For an upcycled scoop you could use an old milk lid, or save one from your old laundry powder (which you will no longer need ever again!)

See I wasn’t lying… SO EASY. Use 1 tablespoon in a full wash load.

Enjoy.

 

Turn off… I dare ya!

Does this scenario sound familiar to you?… You’ve had a busy day full of ups and down and you are feeling physically and emotionally drained. It’s nighttime and you desperately need to muster that final shred of energy to cook a healthy dinner, study, spend time with your family and/or clean a little. You just need a quick break before you start so you sit on the couch for just 5 minutes… whats the harm in that?

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The Vicious Cycle

TV goes on and you are hit with a crappy rerun of some American fluff that fills your brain with nothingness and shit stereotypes (I seriously love Friends but just take a step back and look at the values it pushes about women, overweight people, the value of attractiveness and homosexuals…little bit mean!). Anyway after that you decide to be a bit more highbrow and flick to the news. Now you are getting hit with utterly devastating headlines that are only being broadcast because tragedy is somewhat magnetic and it draws massive ratings. So now you are depressed and find it hard to get up off the couch to do what you are meant to because, really, whats the point? If you take the those bulletins as gospel it’s likely you’re just going to die of some strange vector borne virus or be killed for being a good Samaritan and that’s only if the world doesn’t implode first due to global warming. By now, dinner is looking far less creative, much more microwaved and mysteriously there is a glass of wine in your hand. Then another mindless comedy comes on, and it pulls you back in because you are craving mental vacuity even more now. All the while you’re conversation with the actual people in the room has been zombie-like and disinterested at best. The vicious cycle continues…

So I pulled the plug…

As I mentioned in my 2013 Resolutions post (see it here) that is why I decided to get rid of my TV. Life is bloody short and there I was sitting on my arse watching other peoples scripted shallow lives all the while complaining I didn’t have enough hours in the day. I had found that I was getting into an especially bad routine because I am breastfeeding at the moment and it is all too tempting to sit on the couch: baby on boob, eyes on TV. So it was with some trepidation that I ripped that security blanket off but I am so glad I did. As soon as I moved the TV out of the room it felt lighter… calmer. I filled the big rectangular void with a painting that makes my soul sing every time I look at it. I took the DVD’s out of the cabinet and filled it with books. I replaced the untidy TV related clutter with my iPod and speakers. All of a sudden those things I had been missing – serenity, books, music – were back in my life. I dunno about you but doesn’t the ‘after’ look so much better than the ‘before’?…

before adn after tv

Life since

You may not believe me but our lives have changed significantly since removing the tele! I thought that I wasn’t watching it too much… I’d just have a DVD on in the background while I pottered and tended to my lovely daughter after all. Clearly I was kidding myself. My to do list has whittled down from ‘Outrageous’ to ‘Achievable’ in just a few weeks. I have started doing craft activities again (a rug for that very lounge room is nearing completion). I am not feeling as anxious without all the sad news stories peppering my fragile little brain. My lounge looks nicer.  Music is filling the air again rather than advertising (RUGS RUGS RUGS!). Our power bill is lower. My daughter and I spend time outside and i’m not filling her very impressionable mind with bullshit.

But my favorite offshoot would have to be; I now feel present. I am properly listening to my husband when he tells me about his day… which he tells me at the dinner table now rather than on the couch (don’t judge me!). I am concentrating on my daughter while I’m breastfeeding – it’s actually a beautiful bonding experience. I am thinking more about my life rather than other peoples. I am making my own values and choices rather being sold others. It’s bloody lovely.

Take the challenge

Now i’m not saying that everyone needs to get rid of their TV – some of you out there have will power that far exceeds my own. But if you are feeling a bit frazzled and like there aren’t enough hours in the day… why not give it a go? I truly didn’t think I watched that much and have been shocked by all the spare time I now have and how organised my little abode is. Just a thought if you are wanting a little more from life… why not try it for a month or two and see what happens?

If you do try it or have been living without a TV already I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

Hello 2013!!!

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Hello Beautiful People!!! I’m back and it’s 2013 – how futuristic! Being January and all I figured that it was time we talk resolutions but before looking at those I’d like to mention the inspirations I’ve drawn upon before making mine. But to do that we need to hop into our Delorean and salute last year…

Bon Voyage 2012!

Exhibit A.

On the 21st December the Mayan long count calendar ticked over and the much-dreaded apocalypse didn’t cause so much as a ripple. And without the threat of earthquakes or freaky unknown planets the Mayan calendar has been largely forgotten. And I probably would have forgotten it too had I not read what the actual meaning is. Carlos Barrios from the World Council of Mayan Elders explains…

 “This is not a time of apocalypse. It is a time to let go of old patterns. A time to heal the planet. The Mayans do not want people to believe this is the end of the world. They want people to take this very rare opportunity to come together to find balance and work to heal the damage we have done to Mother Earth”

How gorgeous is that? And why the hell did we all jump to the conclusion that led to mass carnage rather than enlightenment?

Exhibit B (E-A-UUUTIFUL)

Last year also brought the best gift I could ever imagine: our beautiful daughter Lucy Madeline arrived in our arms. Here is a picture of her first minute in the world…

Welcome to the world.

Welcome to the world.

For those playing at home… there’s the reason I haven’t blogged in a while! On my Facebook page (follow me here) I was teased for announcing a 2 week break from blogging ‘while getting this whole parenting thing down’. How wrong I was!

It has been such a wonderful and tiring and messy and funny time not to mention bloody emotional! For example I daily often find myself getting a bit teary when the overwhelming enormity of being a mum washes over me. The thought that I have this entire life in my hands and that it’s my job to teach her how to make the best decisions. How to not only get the most from life but also how to give the most! It’s a good sort of pressure though. The pressure that molds you into a much bigger and better person than you thought you could be.  Anyway, I will stop being drippy and try to focus my sleep deprived mind back on resolutions! But before moving on, here’s one more picture of my gorgeous little Goose…

Love.

Love.

Be Positive.  

Both those 2012 experiences got me thinking. Life is short and precious. I want to spend as much time celebrating it rather than complaining about this or worrying about that. I have far too much good in my life to be anything but absolutely off-the-charts chipper. I feel in the past few years I’ve lost a bit of my spark… getting it back is my primary goal this year. Passing that happiness onto Lucy is my resolution for every year after that.

I will be saying this mantra every morning!

I will be saying this mantra every morning!

My Resolutions

I love me a good list but that aside, making resolutions was particularly fun this year with addition of Lucy. She put a gorgeous perspective on everything and all of a sudden the standard “Lose 5kgs” just didn’t cut it! I won’t bore you with all of them but here are a few of my resolutions for this year…

My Lifestyle Transformation

For anyone who has read this blog before, you may have picked up on my mini (okay… major) girl crush on Jess Ainscough aka The Wellness Warrior (cancer surviving, health goddess). She has developed a cult like following of people wanting to emulate her ridiculously clear complexion and positive attitude and hence designed The Lifestyle Transformation Guide (read about it here) telling people exactly how to achieve it!

Back in December I was lucky enough to win one of these health scholarships and I am already feeling better for it. So a major resolution for me is to complete this course and reach my goal by my 27th birthday – April 13! I can’t wait to blog about it… hopefully the proof will be in the organic chia pudding!

I can't wait to pass all my good habits onto Lucy!

I can’t wait to pass all my good habits onto Lucy!
*illustration by Olive on Blonde*

The Blog

I get so much damn enjoyment out of this blog! I can’t tell you how many wonderful people I have met through it – be they readers or fellow bloggers within the online community. Not to mention amazing opportunities. For example, last year I was on a local radio station discussing my plastic free adventures (see that here) and this year I have been asked to run some workshops on raising Eco Babies at the Less Is More Festival (here is my write up of last years!). I love it and I am more inspired than ever to continue with it. I am dreaming big and will hopefully have some big surprises to announce before the year is out!

**If you want to attend the 2013 Less Is More Festival on February 16th, see the Facebook page here for details. 

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Gratitude Jar

As I mentioned before… I am far too lucky to have days where I feel miserable. Enter: The Gratitude Jar. Each of my family members has a jar in the house and every day we are going to write down something that we are grateful for and store it in our jar (obviously we will have to write little Lucy’s notes for her until she is old enough). Additionally, if we see something particularly beautiful or funny that we want to remember… that goes in the jar too. By the end of the year we will have a time capsule of beautiful memories and the fodder for a pretty epic craft project. I am thinking along the lines of this Sustainabilitree from the Hulbert Street Sustainability Fiesta

People wrote there green dreams on recycled card before pinning them to the Sustainabilitree!

People wrote there green dreams on recycled card before pinning them to the Sustainabilitree!

Turn off the negativity… literally.

News bulletins and websites exhaust me with information that I have absolutely no use for. It fills precious space in my storage-challenged brain which would be much better served with stories of love and kindness. So a simple solution. I got rid of our TV. I have also banned myself from looking at any news websites. I won’t be ignorant… just selective. If I want information I will search for it, rather than being bombarded with things I don’t need to hear. I am sure any major news that I need will find it’s way to me. And if all else fails Mum and Dad will always keep me up to date on any matters of global significance. For example… if it wasn’t for them I would never have heard about this…

Bet this chimp has the best eyesight!!!

Bet this chimp has the best eyesight!!!

Lets be frank… we are all better for having seen that cheeky chimp stealing all his friends carrots? Au Revoir news… I shant miss you.

How about you?

What are some of your goals this year? How are you going to achieve them? I’d love to hear them in the comments.

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We Did It!!! Plastic Free July Is Over.

Sorry about the illustration quality… a quick lunchtime squiggle then rendered with a very outdated Paint program! :)

Well, we made it! Today is 1st August which officially draws to a close the Ehlers household’s Plastic Free July Challenge. What an unbelievable month it has been; challenging, eye-opening, exciting, comical and – at times – infuriating! If I tried to get down everything that happened to me this month then we’d need a virtual Falcor to ride through the Never Ending Blog-Story so instead I am going to try get this down to some fairly succint (for me anyway) points. Here is my list of moments and lessons…

Wins

The health kick! Pre-July I was convinced that I only ate wholefoods. Really, there were quite a few things that were slipping through – the sort of things that had numbers in their ingredients list. I have now learnt to make so many things from scratch (I have listed and provided links for some of them below!).

Chips and Gravy (or as I like to call it Yay-vy). My work friend and I like to have chips and gravy to celebrate Friday. We get it from a small deli that is always busy and sells many deep fried food-like substances. I did not think that they would be overly supportive of my challenge but they were amazing. They even started teasing my friend about the fact that he did not bring his own container. Win. Hot saucy win.

Fails

  • Berries. I have not been able to find any breed of berry (unless you count cherries) that is not somewhat plastic wrapped. Trying to recreate some awesome childhood memories, I researched ‘pick your own’ farms but there aren’t any in Perth – boo! I even visited three seperate farmers markets and called two organic delivery services to ask if I could have my berries sans plastic and have them reuse the container. Sadly they all said they would probably just throw away the container. Yeah I’d get them plastic free but that’s hardly the point is it? My only solution here is to grow my own… which I have been wanting to do for years now anyway so I guess I should count it as a win?
  • Straws. Those sneaky buggers got me every single time! When my lust for berries became too much I would head to our pub and get myself a berry mocktail. Maybe it was karma for cheating because every time I forgot to mention “No Straws” and not one but TWO would arrive with the drink. So pointless. I have now ordered some stainless steel straws to add to my plastic free kit.
  • Rice and/or Oat Milk. See below.

Funniest

For context it is important to note that I am pregnant. So imagine the face of my coworker when he asked me what I would do for plastic free milk and I cheerfully replied;

“I am just going to make my own and drink that”

His face was the most perfect mix of shock and disgust that I am giggling while I type. I was of course referring to trying out nut milk (like this recipe here). I didn’t have success with my cashew milk but I will continue to try other recipes.

Worst

Day 3. I spoke about it in this post summing up Week 1 but to recap; the true scale of the plastic dilemma we are in hit me. Hard. Sifting through the aisles and finding perfectly good glass jars shrink-wrapped in plastic, seeing plastic straws wrapped in plastic and not being able to see one trolley (bar mine) with reusable shopping bags in it. Too much for this hormonal little beast. But my mum (counselor/hypnotherapist/all-round awesome lady) has always told me that the 3rd of anything is always the biggest hurdle. For example it is very common for smokers or dieters to relapse on the third day, week, month or year. So maybe this was just that first hurdle?

Apples belong in tummies and trees NOT plastic

Frustrating

Week 2 brought us Ehlers’s a real challenge. Hubby’s birthday meant we had to host 3 seperate dinner parties for the 3 sets of parents. First lunch, Parent “A” asked what they could bring. Feeling awkward about it anyway my hubby explained the challenge and then suggested a garden salad; knowing that was Level 1 in terms of plastic free ease. A plastic wrapped lettuce, a punnet of mushrooms, two polystyrene trays of tomatoes and mandarins all carried in a plastic bag. Jaws literally hit floor. Not one of those items needed to be in plastic… in fact they are the easiest items to get without!

“All great changes are preceded by chaos”

                                                             -Deepak Chopra

Parent “B” is equally well-intentioned and will never leave my house without lamenting that my fridge looks scarce and then proceeding to fill it with whatever goodies she can find (read; packaged nom noms). First world problems? Entirely. In no way am I anything but grateful for the fact that we have such generous, beautiful parents looking out for us! What I am frustated about is that for Parent A and B (who don’t have the word PLASTIC running through their mind 24/7 x 365) these choices were the easiest and most acceptable choices. This perceived convenience is a farce – having more rubbish in your home that has taken time and energy to create and ship is not more convenient than handling only loose produce and putting the peel in your compost. We need a massive paradigm shift!

Innovations

I have concocted and experimented and facilitated and implemented so many little innovations in my life and home that I have decided to dedicate part of my blog to it. When I get a spare minute I will be changing the menu’s and have a designated plastic category that will be chock-a-block full of resources, recipes and ideas. Here are some of the changes I have made – they won’t be the last!;

  • DIY Toothpaste – this is a winner. See the recipe here.
  • Make Your Own Cleaning Products. Good for you, good for the environment! Recipes here.
  • DIY Deodorant – easy and so much healthier than the chemical alternatives! Recipe coming very soon.
  • Lots of beauty products like this Facial Cleanser (made from cucumber!) or this simple herbal toner!
  • Get yourself a wrapping pile! I managed to wrap this present using only waste paper that I have save from previous occassions.

  • Or you can make pretty wrapping out of old magazines like this one!
  • Paleo (grain and dairy free) Pizza Crust. Recipe coming very soon.
  • We very rarely put any rubbish into our green bin now and we reuse so much more – whether it is plastic or not! We have a bucket plus a Bokashi Bin for our green waste so we can compost it and use it to enrich our soils. We have a bucket for recyclables. We have storage space for reusables. You would be amazed at the things you can make from old aluminium cans or toilet rolls. Will share the photo’s soon.

Getting a small green waste bin makes it easy to put on your kitchen bench while you cook. Just put the scraps in there and then ferry out to your compost bin! Simple.

Habits

The best new habit I have adopted is certainly “Take 3”. Readers of this blog will be aware of my long standing admiration for environmentalist Tim Silverwood (follow his blog here) and his organisation, Take 3. Quoting directly from their website

“the Take 3 message is simple: take three pieces of rubbish with you when you leave the beach, waterway or… anywhere and you have made a difference”

Rubbish from a 30 minute beach walk. TAKE 3!!!

How simple. I always used to take whatever plastic I could hold from the beaches but not I take down a reusable bag and fill it while I walk (whether I am on the beach or not). It only takes one plastic bag to kill a dolphin so I know I am making a difference. I love this campaign by Take 3;

(Here is one my favorite posts from Tim. This post really inspired me to be a bit brave and approach people that I see doing the wrong thing. Be strong and try to educate. Some people may just be oblivious… others may just be old dogs).

Advice

Assemble a Plastic-Free Survival Kit

Make sure you always have on hand whatever plastic free alternatives you may need – a BYO coffee cup, your own knife and fork, your own food container (for chips and yay-vy), a water bottle and/or reusable bags. If you don’t want to lug them around leave the pack where you need it ie; your car or work desk.

Find Great Suppliers and Support Them.

Once you find those stores/suppliers that help you live plastic-free support them! Firstly, it makes it easier on yourself. Secondly, it sets the example of voting with your dollar. It also makes me feel like my grandma must’ve – you know, where they knew suppliers by their first names and actually conversed with them about the produce. My husband will always support our local butcher because they were so supportive of his challenge… one of them went absolutely gang-busters and threw his plastic gloves to the wind and was in there with his hands. A madman – but funny nonetheless. I will but a list up in the coming weeks of the best places to shop plastic free in WA. I will always patronize Planet Ark in Fremantle and Kakula’s  Brothers and Sisters (Perth and Freo stores, respectively). This being said while your ol faithful’s should be supported it is also vital that we…

Speak Up. 

Being interviewed for Western Earth Carers, reflecting on my journey.

I was SO inspired by the Western Earth Carers regular ‘Plastic-Free’ weekly newsletter that was circulated to keep our spirits high. Within one of those newsletters (which for the life of me I cannot find in my inbox) were stories about people who had seen unnecessary plastic being used and had written to the companies to explain why this was a problem and suggest alternative solutions.  If companies do not know there is a demand for something they will not change it so make sure you let them know. This inspired my husband to write to the brand he uses for his Ventalin (and unavoidable plastic casing). He wanted to know why it was that they cannot just provide the canister new to be inserted into the plastic shell rather than having to throw it all away each time. I will update you as soon as we hear back.

Future

Now that it is August I guess I could lock all these experiences away in a dark dark memory box and pretend it never happened but the reality is I am forever changed. I have had a plastic wake up call and I don’t want to go back now. In fact I think that a month is actually the perfect transition time. It takes a month for all your little changes to really settle into an effortless routine.

The big change I have taken from this is a serious interest in ‘growing my own’. My husband and I are planning an entire week off this month to turn our garden into an edible sanctuary. Before I was formulating so many different ideas and options for the layout that really I was just procrastinating the whole plan into oblivion. What a great kick in the butt.

SO… I’d love to hear from you. How did you go? Challenges? Best changes to your lifestyle? Let me know in the comments…

If you liked this article you may like some of my other plastic related posts…

Wellness and the Perfect Green Smoothie

It would appear that all Area Managers from my different life ‘zones’ have convened and decided on a very different strategy and direction for my body – and that direction is Wellness. Not just wellness but glorious, radiant, toe-tapping, skirt twirling, early rising, hair shining wellness.

It started when I fell pregnant. Suddenly I realised that I actually do have the willpower to eat well I just haven’t had the motivation; namely someone else’s health not just in my hands but in my belly, blood and brain. Then came the life changing event that has been the Plastic Free July challenge. As I mentioned in this previous post, during the challenge I realised that I had been taking my own health for granted and in turn disregarding the planets state by patronising too many supermarkets and too few organic farmers markets. It was time to get serious and by all accounts the first stepping stone towards this brand of vitality is to get familiar with Green Smoothies. But first I will explain why…

Staying Alkaline

For our bodies to function properly we need our internal environment to lean towards the alkaline side of the pH scale rather than the acidic. If our bodies are too acidic they become a breeding ground for loads of diseases including cancer. It also causes exhaustion, premature aging, muscle and joint pain and osteoporosis. To see a full list of ‘acidic’ symptoms see here.

Basically, if ‘Acidity’ was a nightclub within your body then the Who’s Who of unhealthy living would be invited – stress, lack of exercise, alcohol, drugs (both pharmaceutical and recreational) and lifeless, packaged food. To be Alkaline we need to focus on a diet of clean, organic, plant-based foods and live a lifestyle that encourages calm and tranquillity. But you don’t need a science degree to know what to eat! I found this really handy guide for making sure you consume foods that are on the right side of the scale.

If you want to find out what your pH level is then you can get the tests from any Chemist. Here my favourite wellness blogger (The Wellness Warrior, Jess Ainscough) explains how to pee for pH! She also has an amazing post about acidity in relation to cancer here. A must read!

Enter The Dragon(fruit)

What better way to start your day then, than with a huge glass of green to alkalise your body and protect you from illness? As The Wellness Warrior so rightly explains;

“These vegetables act as mini-transfusions for the blood, a health tonic for the brain and immune system and a cleanser of the kidneys”

Here are some additional benefits you will get from your glass of greens;

  • Green leafy vegetables are full of chlorophyll which (molecularly speaking) is very similar to human blood. So when you consume chlorophyll you almost trick your body into producing more haemoglobin which is full of oxygen and therefore great for our cells.
  • Smoothies are full of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, proteins, photo-chemicals and health bacteria which build muscles and help your digestion.
  • They taste yummy and are quicker to eat and digest than a massive bowl of spinach (unless you’re Popeye – his skills are mad).
  • A strange discovery that seems to be echoed by other devotees – the more green you have, the more green foods you crave.

Formula for the Perfect Smoothie

There is a simple formula you can follow to make the ultimately balanced smoothie which will maximise the health benefits you receive. This being said though – there is no limit to the amount of flavours and ‘breeds’ of smoothies. If you are more of a recipe inclined individual then I have provided links to some of my favourite recipes too (go straight to next heading, pass go, collect $200).

Recipes

Basic Green Smoothie from Wellness WA– This is a super simple but uber tasty smoothie!

Banana Kiwi and Mango from the amazing Vegan Sparkles– With the added awesome of Spinach!

Raw Cacao Smoothie from Vegan Yack Attack – Chocolate can be a breakfast food!

Wellness WA also has this amazing database with heeeeaps of recipes.

More Recipes – Sign up to The Wellness Warrior and you not only receive this amazing e-book chock-a-block of Green Smoothie Recipes but get updates straight to your email. Click here to sign up.

Happy Blending! I’d love to hear your favorite Green Smoothie Recipe in the comments…