Saturday, 24 January 2015

Getting fit with a bit of Juicing

I've been trying to eat better and exercise more frequently since October in order to lose the extra weight that has been clinging to me for dear life since little man was born.  I've got myself a lovely personal trainer who comes to my home and trains with me a couple of hours each week.  I've also linked up with some other bloggers on Facebook who have joined together to keep each other motivated, the group was started by Hannah from Budding Smiles blog and has become a great place to go for tips, video suggestions and encouragement.

It seems that everybody and their aunty has started juicing as a means of getting some of their 5 a day and adopting an overall healthier lifestyle and I'm not one to miss out on a good thing if I can help it.  I've been trying out a few different recipes and have picked my current favourite to share with you.

Garlic is said to have many great benefits, packed with antioxidants it is said to do anything from fend off the common cold to reduce weight, decrease fatigue and extend your life.  So this coupled with the fact that I love garlic meant that it had to be one of the ingredients in my juice.

Ginger, which is also good for colds and has been found to eliminate excess gas from the digestive system and sooth the intestinal tract, as well as well as being anti-inflammatory aiding in soothing sore muscles after exercise is another ingredient that I had to have.

Be warned though that garlic and ginger are both very strong flavours so if they are not your cup of tea leave them out and add an alternative.  I didn't fancy a green smoothie this time or I would have added a handful of kale.

It's always worth doing a little research into the benefits of the things you are putting into your body so that you can make informed choices based on what your body most needs.

1 mango peeled and sliced
1 peach peeled and sliced
1 clove of garlic, chopped
1 tsp of fresh grated ginger
1/2 to 1 cup of orange juice
3/4 blocks of ice
and a squeeze of lemon

Chuck it all in a blender and there you have it!

The great thing about this is you can substitute ingredients as much as you like to make new, healthy and interesting options.

Although there is still a lot of work to be done, slowly but surely the little things are making a difference.

October 2014

January 2015


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