juicing vs smoothies and exercise commitment

I just wrote a whole post, published it and ‘poof’ no where to be found. And I hate re-writing something that I’ve written, but am feeling motivated to post again luckily. It’s been one of those days, basically.

So, month two of insanity is still kicking my arse. I waxs walking up stairs today and my hammies and butt were killing me – but most pain is my chest. Never have I done so many push ups. I love the sore feeling though, so embrace this. Insanity is definitely the most engaging program I’ve ever done, but also the only one I’ve stuck to. I really can’t recommend it enough, it’ll be tough, but if you commit you’ll feel wild when you do it. I love sharing things I love, so have told all my friends to get into this!

I have made working out one of my priorities, just something that I do every day, rather then something I should fit in. I have a pretty full schedule, but it’s no reason to be slack and bitch about not being fit/thin/toned whatever it is you’re after. There is always someone busier then you. I have a friend with children, studies, works, has an active social life and house is always clean and tidy yet manages to workout daily. And good, tough workouts too. I don’t have patience for bullshit excuses of others, so try to not to it myself. And I reckon I succeed. If you want, you will find any excuse, time of day (too early, too late, too midday), just got home, just ate, just woke up, weather – too hot, too cold. I am already rolling my eyes at the thought of this bullshit, blah blah blah, have a whinge! Just don’t whing about body/fitness/health because it’s just bulshit.

On a lighter note, I brought the blueberry protein bars to uni the other day, and after begrudgingly sharing got asked for the recipe. Yep, they’re a hit. Trythem by clicking on this.

I was actually reading some of the emails I subscribe to this morning and looked at the Lorna Jane site, which had this awesome little piece on juicing vs smoothies. I’m a smoothie girl myself, last time I had a juice would’ve been over six months. I actually remember it, I was at the beach and got a fresh pinapple, watermelon, orange and beetroot juice ( the beetroot chucked in to make it a bit healthier). Delicious but I feel way more virtuous and healthy not to mention satisfied after a smoothie. I have them post workout usually, so many great combo’s I feel like one now just typing this! Anyways, have a lok at the below. What do you like? Juice or Smoothies?

Your Go-To Guide To Green Juicing & Smoothies

By By MNB TEAM | Posted in Nourish | March 13, 2013 | Add to favourites

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Struggling to get enough fresh veggies in your diet?  Do you often feel a little bit flat and in need of a energy boost?  Looking for great ways you can get some nourishment on the run?  Don’t worry girl, because at MNB we’ve got you covered with this guide to green juicing.

It’s totally obvious we are crazy, obsessed about all things GREEN, especially of the smoothie or juice variety, so to get you all super excited about it too, we are going to break it down and explain the bounty of benefits that come from fresh juicing and smoothy-ing (we may have made up a new word).

So why are green smoothies and juices so good?

First off, smoothies and juices are actually very different.  Smoothies are made by completely blending whole fruit and vegetables into a thick drink.  Juices, however, are exactly like the name suggests, and only the ‘juice’ from the vegetable or fruit is extracted for consumption.

Therefore, the main nutritional difference between smoothies and juices is that juices contain no fibre. 

Fibre is a type of carbohydrate that cannot be digested by our bodies.  This means that it passes straight through our digestive system without being broken down and without contributing too much to calorie intake.  Although it cannot be digested, it is still an extremely important nutrient as it keeps our digestive systems super happy by promoting healthy stools and supporting beneficial bacteria in our gut.  Not only this, but fibre keeps us feeling fuller for longer.

So now we know what fibre is you may be inclined to think that smoothies would be the better choice over juices.  Smoothies are wonderful, but consuming juices has its benefits too.

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So, there are pros and cons to both juicing and smoothies.  But which one should you choose?

Both are great to have on a daily basis, but there might be a few factors to take into consideration before you decide to juice… or blend those greens.  The next few scenarios may help you in your decision:
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What will I need to start blending or juicing?

Unfortuantely, to get the most out of the fruit and vegetables, you do have to initially invest in nothing less than a good quality blender or juicer.  Some cheaper blenders will just not do what you want them to do without a lot of patience, pain and tears.  High-powered blenders however, get the job done in next to no time.

Centrifugal juicers are much more common, but do some research and shop around before you buy any machine.  Cold-press masticating juicers, although a lot more expensive, are sturdy machines and can last decades.

So, why go GREEN?

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When shopping for green leafy veg, fresh is definitely best.  Avoid wilting, faded leaves and try to get organic, or at least local.  Give your greens a big wash, even if organic, before using to get rid of any nasties.

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Rhi’s Foodie Tips:
  • If you can, make a few smoothies or juices a day in advance, this will leave you with no excuses to not get those nutrients into you.
  • Start out slow.  At first aim for a fruit and vegetable ratio of 1:1 whether juicing or making a smoothie.  Then, slowly work your way down, getting accustomed to the taste, until you are using at least 3 parts veg to 1 part fruit.
  • Change it up every once in a while by having a different coloured juice or smoothie every day to experience the benefits of a variety of fruit and veg.
  • Use lemon or lime to prevent the discolouration of your drinks.
  • Store your drinks in glass for ultimate freshness.
  • Use the freshest of fresh produce to get the most bang for your buck.

Banana blueberry protein bars

I was a bit lazy with food prep for lunches this week. I usually do brown rice and chicken and then only have to add veg to take for lunch but didn’t do it yesterday. I didn’t have any bars made up either. This was basically due to not going to the supermarket for extra ingredients. (This may be TMI but it’s THAT time of the month and I knew if I went shopping I’d end up caving and getting something I’d rather not. Like ice cream….. Mmmmmmm……). Anyways, I did intend to make the same carrot cake protein bars as last week, but since I was avoiding the shops I changed it up and made blueberry banana ones- and they’re delish! I always have peeled and chopped bananas in the freezer, as well as blueberries, and other berries,( and mango’s, spinach etc) for smoothies. So I put together pretty much the same protein bar recipe, changed slightly because I didn’t check the recipe and made it from memory.
I used 3 frozen bananas (I’m sure you can use fresh too)
1/4 cup Greek yoghurt
3 egg whites
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup oat flour (I just blended up rolled oats to make my own)
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 scoops vanilla protein powder (I like Define Vanilla)
Preheat your oven to 175 degrees Celsius or 350 F.
Mix all the wet ingredients. I actually put my bananas and yoghurt in the food processor because the bananas were frozen. (On a side note, this was so yummy!! I’m going to do it again, and re-freeze for banana fro-yo. I loved it, had to remind myself I’m actually trying to prepare for the week, not just scoffing food!). Then fold in egg whites. Fold in dry ingredients. I had used a little coconut oil on an Pyrex dish, then I covered it with bran so the bars didn’t stick, and in my head they were going to be cheese-cakeish so I thought a bottom would suit. They aren’t, and the bran didn’t make much of a difference. They came out really easily, but so did the carrot cake ones from last week. Anywho, bake this in the oven for about 40 mins, or until you get a clean skewer. My oven is super hot so I got them out early, keep an eye on them when they brown on top. Enjoy!

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Plateau bust & Mountain Bread sausage rolls

I’ve lost my mojo a bit lately. I dunno if it’s that there’s been a hiccup with my holiday plans, or that I’ve hit a plateau weight loss wise and don’t quite know how to bust it…. But I feel a bit hmph.. bleh… real articulate I know, but i’m sure you get the picture.

Any tips for breaking through the plateau? And, I really cannot imagine eating less calories….

I downloaded a yoga app that my aunty was telling me she’s in love with. It’s Pocket Yoga, has anyone tried this app? Thoughts on it? Apparently Miranda Kerr, my fave, uses it, and for me that’s a glowing endorsement for me 🙂

Anywho’s, the other day I was saying how I have been using Mountain Bread and got their cookbook. Well, I made yummy sausage rolls with it. It was a great dinner. I used some organic free range pork, just for a change, but you could use beef, turkey, kangaroo mince, whatever your preference is. I had yummy fresh italian herb mix in my mince, and then placed some in the centre of a rye mountain bread wrap, and rolled it. It said to use a little water to seal, but I found I had to use a LOT of water, like literally run the roll under running water and drench it! Then, I baked at 180 degrees, for 30 mins – but you have to keep a careful watch that it doesn’t burn. I served with salad, with a tablespoon of flax oil and balsamic for dressing. So yummy, and soooooo great to have a change from the usual. I hightly recommend trying it, the boyfriend loved them too, and normally doesn’t go near normal pastry sausage rolls as they give him heartbrn, but these were great!

New Recipes tab & staying healthy on holiday

This morning I had dream that I didn’t want to go do cardio. I was thinking my legs are sore from leg day at the gym, me chest hurts from last night, I’m sooooo sleepy this morning etc. Then the alarm went off and I’m happy to say I jumped out of bed and just fucking did it! I don’t usually use an alarm but this morning I wanted to do everything half hour earlier then usual, to avoid seeing someone at the gym. From opening my eyes to getting to the gym usually takes me exactly 17 mins.

 

Someone suggested I do a seperate tab for recipes. Great idea, so i’ve added that in. In a month the boyfriend and I are going away, road trip holiday. Going in a campervan and hitting the beaches. Can’t wait! So, the recipes tabs will come in really handy for me too. Don’t want to eat out too muchand blow the good work I’ve done (away for a month), and it’ll be so convenient to have all my faves and go to’s so easy to access. Myself, I do like less talk more recipe in a post, so I’ll try to post this way from now.

We’ve also ordered a resistance band set to take away as it’s light and portable, so I’ll post our thoughts (male and female perspective) on that once it arrives.

 

 

 

 

MMMmmm, my next smoothie. At the moment I am in LOVE with variations of Avocado smoothies but this sounds so yum!

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Initially, this was a total smoothie flop. I added way to much nutmeg to the first batch, and nearly had to have the hymlyck. With the next try came a relentless bitterness- I added parsley (I hate raw parsley, and shouldve know better) and left out a sweetener. All in all, it was just a recipe for disaster…literally:)

But they say the third time is a charm, and after drinking this smoothie this morning, I have to agree! Warm notes of chai compliment the sweet banana and spicy cinnamon perfectly, while the almondmilk tones it down. Plus it’s packed full of greens and healthy fats. Sounds good to me!

Ingredients:

1frozen banana

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

1 cup chai tea brewed overnight

1 tsp honey

Handful greens

1T flax

Almondmilk to taste

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Clean Eats: Turkey & Quinoa Larb

Clean Eats: Turkey & Quinoa Larb

 

from ‘mevsthebulge’. I don’t think this girl posts on this blog anymore, but it’s an awesome one to read, so inspiring. And this receipe is so good! Something I still eat all the time. Only difference I do is I cook the onion in the pan with the mince. I prefer it like that, not over cooked but just so it starts to go clear. The below is re-blogged exactly from the page, but I do recommend checking out the blog:

http://mevsthebulge.com/

 

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I love Thai food. I could happily exist on a diet of Thai food for a very long time. Actually, throw in Japanese food and I’m pretty certain I could exist on that for the rest of my life.

Issue is, you can never be certain what goes into your takeaway meal. Hidden salt, sugar and fat… it’s a major risk when you’re on Project Tighten Up.

So, I set about making my own sour and spicy Larb salad. I used turkey mince because it’s super lean and cheap however it is traditionally made with chicken or pork mince. I also served this up the next day for lunch with broccoli instead of lettuce and it was just as good.

Ingredients (serves 4)

1 tbs peanut oil 500g turkey mince 1 stem lemon grass, pale section only, finely chopped 1 small chilli, finely chopped 1/4 cup fresh lime juice 1 tbs fish sauce 1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced (or more if you’re an onion fan!) 1/3 cup fresh coriander leaves 2 cups of cooked quinoa Lettuce leaves, to serve

Heat the oil in a wok or frying pan over high heat until just smoking. Add the mince, lemon grass and chilli and stir-fry, breaking up any lumps, for 3-4 minutes or until meat changes colour. Transfer to a bowl and set aside to cool slightly.

Whisk together the lime juice and fish sauce in a small bowl until well combined. Drizzle the mince mixture with the dressing.

Add the, quinoa, onion and coriander and stir to combine. Spoon the mince mixture among lettuce leaves and dig in!

What cuisine could you eat every day for the rest of your life?

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