BREAKFAST, HEALTHY SNACKS, INSPIRATION, RECIPES

3 days – 3 ways!

23 July 2015

Smoothies have become increasingly popular on a global scale since the early 90s. Often conveniently ‘factory-produced’ (usually in overly eye-catching packaging), it comes as no surprise that their ascension from make-shift health-fix to mass-market lifestyle fuel has made them one of the most consumed “new-age” beverages amongst sportsmen and health conscious individuals.

This said, smoothies have the advantage of containing non negligible amounts dietary fiber (present in the pulp, skin and seeds of fruit or grains) and their thicker consistency, in comparison to other beverages, means they better enhance feelings of satiety – a plus for the weight conscious amongst us!

Home-made smoothies on the upside, provided you steer away from adding sugar, are a relatively cheap, healthy and delicious way to add a little “punch” (excuse the pun!) to your daily routine. With relatively much lesscarbs than their commercial counterparts, they also boast higher nutritional value.  As an introduction to the “smoothie” way of life for any amateurs amongst us today, and because I too have been feeling a little under the weather AND a little thicker around the thighs, I’ve compiled 3 recipes for you to try over 3 days to kick-start your health incentives and get your engines firing hot again!

While some of us are enjoying mojitos at the beach and sipping iced coffee on sunny terraces, I am fully aware that our southern friends are cuddling hot chocolate and nibbling on double fudge cookies under the duvet! And although I may not have a miracle cure to melt winter fat or render excess calories negative, I do have a simple winter boost that will help keep the ‘germies’ away and your immune system humming away sweetly!

What You Need:

1 nub/ small piece of fresh ginger
1 small carrot
1 small apple
½ an orange
125ml of cold Purified or distilled Water

Instructions:

1. Hull the apple and carrot and chop into small pieces
2. Skin and chop the ginger root into fine pieces. Keep in mind, the more you mince the ginger before adding it in, the less bits you’ll have to crunch on once it’s all blended up
3. Squeeze the juice of the orange and set aside
4. Place all ingredients into a blender (ginger, carrot, apple, orange juice) and pulse to your desired texture.

For best results, serve immediately while fresh.

 In our modern, media-dictated lives, detoxing and detox diets are definitely the new black! Celebrities are almost always raving about the perks of detoxing regularly and how it can slay years and unflattering kilos from their ever changing silhouettes! There are a lot of faux-truths on the subject, but today I will only be focusing only on my hands-on knowledge of detoxing.

The objective of any detox is to give the body’s vital digestive organs a bit of rest and a much needed cleanse! Simply put, to detox your body, you need to feed it foods that help it purge itself naturally, while at the same time providing it with the vitamins and minerals it needs to function at its best.

There are as many recipes out there as there are ideas around the subject. I’m about simplicity and saving time, so here’s one of my weekly go-to detox fix.

What You Need:

1 nub/ small piece of fresh ginger
1 small beetroot
1 small carrot
1 small apple
Handful of mint
125ml of cold Purified or distilled Water

Instructions:

1. Hull the apple and carrot and chop into small pieces
2. Skin and chop the ginger root into fine pieces as well as the beetroot. Keep in mind, the more you mince the ginger and beetroot before adding them in, the less bits you’ll have to crunch on once it’s all blended up
3. Place all ingredients into a blender (apple, carrot, ginger, beetroot and mint) and pulse to your desired texture.

Serve immediately while fresh with a rig of fresh mint  Ah, don’t you just love the sound of this word? Makes you want to get up, grow a forest or paint the town green or something! Lol!

It’s no secret, green smoothies are the rage; even famous diets like the Mayo Clinic diet have succumbed to their rejuvenating ways. Full of awesome flavor, vitamins and minerals they are natural allies to any detox plan.

And let’s be honest, going green – in the non-vegetarian sense of the word – is relatively easy: just open your fridge and pull out anything green you find. Chances are it’ll be a healthy vegetable option!

The recipe below is one of my best kept secrets for fabulous skin and top form on a Monday morning!

What You Need:

Handful or kale or raw spinach
1 nub/ small piece of fresh ginger
1 celery stalk
¼ cucumber
¼ pineapple
½ avocado
125ml of cold Purified or distilled Water

Instructions:

Place all ingredients into a blender and pulse to your desired texture. Ideally, the texture should be creamy but not too stiff.

Serve immediately in a large glass with a rig of fresh mint! Enjoy!

Hope your enjoyed this article! Do feel free to let me know if you would like to see more of these types of blog posts or anything else!

Love

Teekay xx

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  1. moonstone34

    23 July 2015 at 9:13 PM Reply

    Yummy recipes! Thanks for sharing! I’m a big fan of smoothies and cold pressed juices, they’re such a great and easy way to increase your intake of vitamins & minerals. I find them especially beneficial during the winter as it’s harder (over here) to get your hands on a wider variety of produce…But that’s the Canadian Prairies for you.lol!

    xo, jackie
    stylemydreams.com

    1. Teekay

      8 August 2015 at 3:31 PM Reply

      Thank you Jackie! I Will most certainly be going more of these

  2. +27724812068

    18 August 2015 at 12:53 PM Reply

    Definitely going to be trying the detox smoothie! This body is in serious need of some cleansing. Thanks for the recipe Teekay

    1. Teekay

      26 August 2015 at 11:41 PM Reply

      Good for you love! You’re welcome x

  3. Mon Instant - My Moment

    2 October 2015 at 1:33 PM Reply

    Hi love ! It’s been so long, how are you ?

    I love those kind of articles when you get us into the FashionPastry’s Kitchen ! 😀
    Your smoothies look really yummy and so healthy with it ! Sometimes people get surprised by the fact that they didn’t get healthier while buying smoothies full of sugar … I’m like : well, I think there’s something you missed my friend !

    I like your combinations, they’re not too sweet, yet not too strong. Plus they look really good, I’ve gotta say ! I also like how you presented them by category. I hope to see more later on !

    Sending love. ♥

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