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Popeye PowerPopeye Power2So here’s my new kitchen toy, VITAMIX, woohoo!! I have wanted this product for such a long time and since getting it, I have been making smoothies, ice cream, sorbets (no judging, I know it hasn’t exactly been great weather for cold stuff – indulge me) and soups. I’m getting ready to start making my own almond milk, sauces, nut butters etc. Mega exciting stuff!!

The vitamix came just in the nick of time – my smoothie maker had just given up on me. So the first thing I made with it was my awesome, yummy green smoothie – here’s the recipe with pictures to boot!! I also made a fabulous mango ice cream, recipe to follow, and will be posting more recipes I make with this fab, fab product, so keep checking back.

The great thing about the vitamix is that it’s quite versatile for a blender. You can make smoothies, ice cream, sorbets, soups (actually heats up), bread mix (which I will be trying out soon) and sauces. It’s so easy to use and clean, and here’s the absolute best part – it comes with seven years warranty. Is that cool or what?!! Anyway enough of me going on, here’s the smoothie recipe.

Mega Fibre Smoothie
4 broccoli florets
Handful spinach
½ cucumber
1 apple
Inch ginger
1 lime
Cup of water
1 tsp. milled flaxseed (I use Linwoods brand)

Put the lot in your juicer or blender (vitamix) except the flaxseed and juice. Pour in a glass, add the flaxseed, mix thoroughly and enjoy!

Felt really good this morning, full of energy, clear head and best of all, I had the best night’s sleep in ages. So detox for one more day, sunny Sunday morning, most of the snow all gone and weather slightly warmer than the last few days. Usual routine of lemon water, yoga and smoothie. Was tempted to just sit in front of the TV to watch the Australian Open Men’s finals but had to press record cause I had some writing to catch up on. Here’s my smoothie recipe for the day:

2 handfuls of kale

1 pearIMG_1501

3 celery sticks

3 brocolli florets

Handful of alfalfa & broccoli sprouts

½ lime

Cup of water

Got through the smoothie all day with loads of water and detox tea. As this was an unofficial detox day, I had dinner – baked salmon with mixed vegetables (broccoli, carrots, baby corn and green beans) topped with garlic, lime and herb dressing (home-made of course)!

I’m so glad I did an additional day of detox even if just to prolong the benefits a bit longer. But that’s not where I’m going to stop – I’m now more focused on my eating habits and lifestyle, and more aware of what I do and what my body needs.

Whatever detox program you adopt, always be careful with it and listen to your body. Be aware of good changes to adopt, and changes that don’t work for you, just let go of them. You will reap such awesome benefits in the long run.

Peace and Fabulous Health!

So third and final day…at least that’s what I thought. Woke up feeling a little more clear-headed but with a slight migraine nothing too major and the sore gums still. I didn’t feel too bad; the good effects kind of outweighed the migraine for the moment so I carried on with my routine. Glass of lemon and warm water, did my yoga and meditation and then made my juice for the day. Here’s the recipe:

Handful of kaleIMG_1491

1 avocado

Handful of parsley

1 apple

2 celery sticks

Cup of water

Really wanted to improve my skin as it was looking all dry and also to get some good fats in, this is why I threw in the avocado. This of course all goes into a blender, cannot juice avocado – very bulky smoothie (add water to thin it out a bit).

Because the migraine was lingering a bit, decided to have a salad earlier than I would have and besides I was catching up with a friend I hadn’t seen in what felt like forever (only a few weeks!), so went to lunch and was very good and had only the salad and loads of water. That seemed to get rid of the migraine totally, got home and carried on with my smoothie, water and green tea. Day 3 over and done with, woohoo!!

So what was supposed to be a 3 day detox turned into four days. Woke up the next morning and felt really good and decided to carry on with my detox for one more day.

Peace and Fabulous Health!

This is such a great smoothie packed full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that will help boost energy and vitality, and tastes absolutely divine!

Serves 2

2 handfuls of blueberries

Handful of strawberries

1 tbsp. cacao powder

1 tsp. virgin coconut oil

Handful of kale (optional)

1 tsp. flaxseed (optional)

½ cup water or almond milk

Place all ingredients in a blender or smoothie maker and blend. Enjoy as a breakfast smoothie or at any other time of the day!

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Serves 2 to 3

Need an awesome way to get you set up for the day? This smoothie will keep you energised and going for quite some time. We all know bananas are full of potassium and boost energy but not only that – they also contain vitamins B and C, beta- carotene, folic acid, magnesium and calcium which all help boost your immune system and lower cholesterol.

Kiwis also have similar properties to bananas, as well as contain vitamin E which helps improve skin radiance. They also help cleanse and energize our bodies.

Kale has anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and antioxidant properties. It is packed full of fibre, vitamins A, C, E, K, B vitamins, copper, magnesium, iron, calcium and copper.

2 kiwis

2 handful of kale

Juice of 1 lime

1 banana

1 cup water

Place the lot in a blender or smoothie maker and blend. Add some ice instead of water if you prefer it cold. Enjoy!

Serves 2

This is such a great breakfast for energy and vitality. Packed full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Will definitely keep you full and focused, ready for a good day ahead!

2 handful blueberries

1 banana

Juice of ½ lime

1 tbsp. flaxseed

1 cup water

Blend all in a smoothie maker or blender. Add more water to your desired consistency. Enjoy!

Yummy smoothie packed full of vitamins B, C, K, beta-carotene, folic acid, iron, calcium, phosphorus and other minerals to brighten and cleanse your skin. Also good for hair, nails, and helps reduce blood pressure.

1 avocado

Juice of 1 lime

Handful of kale

½ cucumber

1 apple

5 ice cubes

1 tsp. flaxseed (optional)

Blend all ingredients in a smoothie maker or blender, makes enough for two. Add some water if the consistency is too thick. Enjoy as a breakfast smoothie!

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