Juicy stuff

Banana Blueberry Goodness

Let's Get The Juices Flowing!!

I must confess to a slightly addictive personality. As I get older this tends to apply to more virtuous pursuits (thank goodness!) and if I find something that makes me feel good, I embrace it.I don't like juice..... I  LOVE juice.

This heavenly practice of squeezing and squishing fruit and vegetables makes me seriously happy people. Big time Happy. It solves two of my big health bugbears: 1. I don't tend to drink enough water. Let's face it, it tastes like water. 2. I don't eat enough fruit. Ok, while Im confessing , I hardly eat any fruit. I don't really know why. I didn't eat much fruit growing up besides lunchbox bananas. Urrrgh....that's enough to turn a girl off for life!

So the Blender, The Juicer and I have become serious goodtime pals and I thought I'd share some of my favourite recipes. The kids love them. Just don't make them in front of them because they are seriously packed full of good stuff.

Banana Blueberry Smoothie

1 frozen banana
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1 red apple
handful spinach
1 heaped TB greek yoghurt
tray ice cubes
water
Blend until smooth.
Can't Beet a ....Juice

Can't Beet a... Juice

1/2 beetroot 2 green apples 1 pear 3 carrots 3cm piece ginger

Juice it and serve over ice. This juice is also great swapping the beetroot for cucumber as I have above. :)

I Can't Believe It's Not Chocolate

I Can't Believe it's Not Chocolate!

1/2 avocado 375mls coconut water good dash of coconut milk 2 TB maple syrup (depending on how sweet you like it) 2 TB raw cacao powder tray ice cubes

Blend until smooth. You won't believe it until you try it. My kids absolutely believe that every so often I make them chocolate milk after school. .....yeah right!!

Sore no more juice and pide

I awoke with a small five year old girl snug beside me, big blue eyes still sleepy. It was a lovely way to begin the weekend. I rolled over, ready to start my morning routine and....

Ok, who swapped my body for this aching ball of tension?? Why do I feel like I've been hauling around concrete in my sleep? What did I do yesterday??
The truth is I don't really know. I may have used some different muscles during yesterdays class and believe me when I say, their presence has been noticed. Some relief was required and my mind turned to breakfast. I am a girl who likes to make her food her medicine after all, and it just so happens that the answer to my issue was currently dominating my vege patch.
Cucumber is actually part of the melon family. It's packed with loads of nutrients including silica for building muscle. It's 96% water so it's great for hydration and it's alkaline, helping to combat acidity in the body. It reduces inflammation (bring it) and promotes healing in our muscles. Add some rockmelon and you've got yourself a recipe for the perfect after class tipple.

It's sister fruit has loads of potassium which has a magical way of ridding the body of excess sodium helping to maintain flexibility. It aids in cramp prevention and assists in oxygenating the brain which slows your heart rate and leads you down a lovely garden path towards beautiful feelings of calm. Bring on the juicer.

Cucumber and Rockmelon Juice

1 enormous dinosaur cucumber (or 2 small ones)
½ rockmelon
½ lemon
Run everything through the juicer and serve immediately over ice. :)

Pide stuffed with spinach and feta

(serves two hungry yogis)
1 cup self raising flour
1 cup plain yoghurt
pinch salt
1 bunch spinach
100g blanched spinach leaves
*Mix flour, salt and yoghurt together to form a sticky dough.
*Allow to rest in the fridge (I usually make the dough the night before if I'm making this for breakfast.)
*Divide into two balls and roll out into a thin weird circle-ish shape on a floured surface.
*Scatter half the spinach and feta over one half of the circle and fold the dough over to form a semicircle. Pinch the edges over to seal.
*Heat a dry frypan over medium heat and add your pide. cook both sides until browned and serve. :)
Michelle xx