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A delicious green smoothie is an integral part of my wellness plan. As most of us are full of empty calories and nutrient poor, a green goddess smoothie is quick and versatile and adds that extra nutrient boost most of us are craving.

I’m not an advocate of replacing food with smoothies but they make a great snack or brekkie on the run. I used to skip breakfast but now I just whip up a quick smoothie to take with me instead.

INGREDIENTS:

Small handful of kale and/or spinach

1 inch of cucumber

1 broccoli floret

Handful of frozen blueberries (organic if possible)

1 frozen banana

Half an avocado

Tablespoon of coconut oil

Fill to the line with Almond milk/coconut water or filtered water

Optional boosters: 1 spoon of maca powder – an adaptogen that contains natural fatty acids found in food and B6 which makes it a superfood for mood. Maca is a great addition for people struggling with depression and/or anxiety. It has also been known to boost energy, fertility and even menopause symptoms.

Another great booster is spirulina powder – The incredibly powerful blue/green powder is a natural “algae” (cyanbacteria) that is incredibly high in protein and a good source of antioxidants, B-vitamins and other nutrients. It’s health benefits are endless from helping to detoxify heavy metals, boosting energy and helping to alleviate sinus issues.

Having a green smoothie helps me to stay on track with my healthy eating. You need to find what works for you but for me personally its hard to get a nice variety of veg into my diet each day. The boosters I add depend on how I feel. If I’m stressed I add spirulina as I find it helps and if I’m feeling down I reach for the maca. When you start to live more mindfully you can tune into your food and feed your mood, sleep and overall health and wellbeing in a more connected and conscious way.

Shine Bright

Ali xxx

It’s no secret I love juices and smoothies and I’m always on the hunt for great juice bars in Dublin. One of favourite places is The Juicery in Georges Street Arcade in Dublin 2. They are the only juice bar in Dublin who cold press on site, meaning all of the juices are made fresh while you wait.

SO WHAT IS COLD PRESSING?

A Cold-pressing juicer A.K.A masticating juicer is one that uses a hydraulic press to extract juice from fruit and vegetables, as opposed to other methods such as centrifugal or single auger.

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These juicers work by first crushing and then pressing fruit and vegetables for optimal juice quantities. As they don’t produce as much heat as other juicers more of the nutrients are retained whereas in centrifugal juicers the fast speeds can destroy enzymes.

SO WHAT DO YOU CHOOSE AT THE JUICERY?

SHOTS:

Well to be honest they are all great but if you are looking for a pick me up and you’re done with coffee for the day then look no further that their turmeric shot (€2.50) which will wake you up from the inside out and has great health benefits too. I’m also a huge fan of fresh wheatgrass shots as they are a great source of chlorophyll, which is great for our blood. It’s also great for detoxing and alkalinizing the body too.

JUICES:

Well they are all good but my fav is ‘Green Supreme” which has kale, cucumber, spinach, celery, parsley and wheatgrass!

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SMOOTHIES:

I have two favorites here and I add Kama hemp juice www.healing-with-hemp.com to both and here’s why? Kama hemp juice is a nutritionally potent raw living food. It is loaded with essential supplements that a lot of us are lacking in our modern diets.

The potency of Kama Hemp Juice comes from the most important ingredient, Cannabidiol (CBD). CBD is a strong anti-oxidant that helps to detoxify your body. It also boosts the immune system and helps to restore balance and with regular consumption it can increase energy and even improve sleep.

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So I add it into my top pick above, which is the Basil Berry. This is delicious and comforting due to the coconut milk but its also refreshing thanks to the berries!

Ingredients: Raspberries/Basil/Raw honey/Hemp juice/coconut milk

If you’re a gym bunny or looking for a protein fix then try the “Protein Split” it’s filling, satisfying and tasty especially after a workout.

Ingredients: Sun Warrior Protein/Shredded Coconut/Banana/Maca/Almond Milk

There’s plenty more to choose from and if you are in a rush call ahead and they will have your order ready for you! 085 129 3357

 

Each year we get an opportunity to start a new book and write it according to our own hearts desire. I consider new months to be chapters and days to be pages. Each year we store a different volume of our book away and bring with us the positive lessons and growth from the year before.

Making small changes to your diet and lifestyle can make a big difference to your health. A couple of years ago I introduced a nutribullet into my home and it gets used at least once a day. Smoothies are not intended to replace food. For me they are a great addition to a healthy diet and they come in very handy when I’m in a rush to ensure I don’t skip meals.

Todays I’m going to share my “Blast the Blues” smoothie with you, which has lots of good fats for mood which will help ease you into the new year and help prevent the january blues!!

BLAST THE BLUES

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Ingredients:

  • Large handful of Kale
  • 1 small Avocado
  • Large handful of frozen mixed berries (I buy them fresh and freeze them as I don’t like warm smoothies and these berries are still my wexford berries as I bought a lot and froze them!!)
  • Either a small handful of mixed seeds or a small handful of mixed beansprouts (The Happy Pear sell them/ Supervalu)
  • 1 Tablespoon of coconova extra virgin coconut oil
  • Unsweetened Almond milk

Method:

  • Put all the ingredients into your bullet or blender and fill to the line with almond milk; Blend and serve!
  • To get the consistency you want; play around with the amount of liquid you add; so if you want to have a thicker smoothie bowl for brekkie add less liquid and then you can add fun toppings like goji berries, coconut shavings, nuts, seeds and fruit pieces.

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE AND MAKE THIS YOUR BEST ONE YET!

ALI XXX

“Eat your greens!!” How many times have you been told that since you were a kid? But because the whole idea of eating a lot of greens can make our stomachs turn we are leaving out an important source of what I like to call the little soldiers that fight hard against just about every toxin, free radical and chronic disease today. They help boost immunity, protect against cell damage and they are very low in calories.

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I caught up with Jason Vale a couple of weeks ago and he shared a couple of great tips about juicing. If any of you are fans of my Facebook page www.facebook.com/alisoncanavanofficial you will know that I’m a huge fan of both juicing and blending.

I kept getting mails asking about the difference between juicing and blending and also for some of my recipes so here’s a full page that I did as part of my minding mum series with the Daily Mail. Enjoy xxx

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As you will know by now I’m a big fan of doing a lot of little things to keep healthy. By this I mean eating well, exercising, meditation, keeping a gratitude diary every day and, much more. The trick is to find what works for you and everyone is different. As a busy mum my nutribullet has been a lifesaver as sometimes I simply don’t have time to juice in the morning and my nutribullet is just so easy to clean but there is a difference between juicing and blending and a nutribullet is a blender.

 

The main difference is that juicing removes the pulp and extracts most of the liquid nutrients and water from the fruits and vegetables. Blenders pulverize the whole produce making it into a smoothie. The pulp is what is called indigestible fiber, which has no nutrient content but is essential and very important for a healthy diet. It helps to keep your digestive system and gut healthy and it also slows down the absorption of sugar which is why you should not juice a lot of fruits together as the sugar will get absorbed quite quickly leading to your blood sugar becoming unbalanced which causes mood swings and believe it or not energy loss!

 

The trick is to use mostly vegetables when juicing or blending. When I’m juicing however I always notice how much more produce I go through so as Jason Vale says juicing really is “a nutrient express”.

I’D LOVE YOU TO TRY SOME OF MY RECIPES ABOVE AND LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK? XX

nutribulletA couple of weeks ago I was sick of feeling sick and tired. Now, I have a ridiculous schedule and recently returned to college and of course my most important and favourite job as a mum of a toddler can be tiring too.

I’ve been juicing for years and have heard people raving about the Nutribullet so i decided to bite the bullet and see what all the fuss is about.

AMAZING is the only word I have to describe it for so many reasons. If you are time poor like me its fantastic as you simply just rinse in it record time with no fuss.

I also feel satisfied and full after my smoothies and the nutribullet allows me to add my spirulina, chia seeds, cacao nibs and much more. This means I’m getting really important nutrients like Omega 3 and my B Vitamins which are really important for your health and wellbeing. You are also getting the fiber with your nutribullet which helps to keep you regular.

I had a few disasters when i started out as I didn’t follow any recipes but now I’m having a blast! In this one I added:

A handful of spinach

1/4 cucumber

A handful of blueberries

A mixture of various seeds (you can buy mixed seeds) with goji berries and cacao nibs

1 full small avocado

2/3 frozen banana

cold water to the max line

It was creamy with a slight nutty/chocolatey taste and i feel full and fab!

On a more serious note though I have more energy since I have started drinking these smoothies. My cravings for sugar have gone down and i’ve reduced my coffee consumption dramatically. I’ll keep you posted on how I’m going in a few weeks.

Ali xxxx