Week one of eating healthily has gone incredibly well. I’ve discovered the wonders that are smoothies. With the NutriBullet, you just add fruit, vegetables, seeds or nuts, add some water and voilà! A delicious, if not odd looking, smoothie! It also comes with a recipe book and a book with all the benefits from certain fruits, veg, seeds and nuts so you know exactly what they’re doing to your body.
Here is a healthy green smoothie for you to try! Don’t be put off by its appearance…
The Green Giant Smoothie
Handful of spinach
Half a carrot
Couple of chunks of cucumber
About 6 grapes
Teaspoon of chia seeds
Start by putting a teaspoon on chia seeds in a bowl or glass and add enough waters just just about cover the seeds. Next, fill half the NutriBullet (or whichever smoothie maker you’re using) cup with spinach, this is about a handfuls worth. Then just add the carrot, cucumber, grapes and apple(deseeded). Sprinkle some cinnamon in to taste. By this time, the chia seeds would have soaked up the water, making the seeds look like they’re in jelly. Add this into the mix. Add water to about a centimetre below the MAX line.
Blend until smooth.
You can either pour into a glass or the NutriBullet comes with attachments making the cups easier to drink out of.
Optional: Sprinkle with cinnamon.
Throughout the week, I’ve tried many different flavours but I always use spinach as a base. You can’t taste it but it has so many nourishing properties, including a lots of iron. As a vegetarian, I find I struggle getting the amount of iron and other vitamins/minerals that I need. These smoothies are really helping give me the nutrients I need. Also, I’ve discovered the wonder that is chia seeds. These little seeds give you protein, fibre, calcium, phosphorus and manganese along with good fats and sodium.
I’ve been having smoothies for 2 meals a day. Usually breakfast and lunch, or breakfast and dinner.
For the other meal, I try to have a filling, healthy dish.
An example of this is a really tasty, simple stir fry.
Halloumi Stir Fry
Stir fry vegetable mix with peppers
Halloumi cheese, sliced
Light soy sauce
Heat a small amount of oil in a pan. Whilst this is heating up, brush the slices of halloumi with oil and grill. I used one of those lean mean fat grilling machine to grill it as it grills on both sides quickly.
Add the noodles and vegetables to the pan, and stir(because it’s a stir fry…). Splash on as much soy sauce to your taste.
Once cooked, dish up the stir fry and add the halloumi.
Already this week I’ve lost about 4lbs. I’ve not been craving sugar or processed foods either. Although it is predominantly smoothies, you have to make sure you drink lots of water alongside it. Green tea is also great and helps to boost your metabolism. I’ve also been a lot more active. I’ve started walking most places rather than getting the bus, and doing at home exercise such as sit ups, star jumps and squats etc.
Although this is working for me, you have to be very careful when undertaking a new diet/exercise regime. If in doubt, consult you GP so you’re on the safe side, especially if you have pre-existing health problems.
Are any of you joining in with this fitness boost? If you have any tips or suggestions, comment below! I’d love to hear your input and ideas.
Peace and love…