Juicing vs Blending – My FAVE Green Juice Recipe

Juicing vs Blending – My FAVE Green Juice Recipe

Recently I’ve gotten back into juicing and I am noticing all the benefits from in it a short couple of weeks. Drinking a glass of green juice has become part of my morning ritual and helps me start my day on a good note!

I like to juice in the morning for many reasons. Firstly, I’m not the biggest morning smoothie fan. I like to eat a full breakfast as opposed to replacing my breakfast with a smoothie. Secondly, I have digestion issues, so drinking green juice ensures I get more of the nutrients into my blood stream. Thirdly, I love the way juice tastes and the enegy it gives me in the morning. 

So, why green juice rather than a green smoothie? Juicing and blending are both beneficial to the body in different ways.

JUICING

Juicing extracts water and nutrients from fruits and vegetables and discards the indigestible fibre from the produce. Without all the fibre, your digestive system doesn’t have to work as hard to break down the food. That means that the nutrients get absorbed faster and in a larger quantity. 

Juicing is great if you have digestion or stomach issues, as it insures that you will be absorbing more of the nutrients from the fruits and vegetables. Juices are so nutrient dense that they work to restore and nourish the body at a cellular level. 

BLENDING

Smoothies consist of the entire fruit or vegetable. The blending process helps to break the fibre apart, making digestion easier and helps to create a slow release of nutrients into the blood stream. 

Smoothies are more filling than juices because of all the fibre, and can be used as a meal replacement or snack. It is also important to watch how much sugar (fruit) is being put into your smoothie, as it can quickly go from healthy to unhealthy. 

Now that you see the benefits of both juicing and blending, keep reading for my FAVE Green Juice Recipe!

Morning Green Juice 

Ingredients 

2 cups kale or spinach, chopped

1/2 cup cucumber, quartered

3 celery stalks, cut into thirds 

1 inch fresh ginger roots

1-3 apples, halved 

1/4-1/2 cup water 

1/2 lemon 

Instructions

  1. Cut all ingredients so they can fit into blender. Place kale or spinach into high speed blender and add 1/4 cup of water. Blend for 15-30 seconds until blended.
  2. Place the rest of the ingredients into the blender, add more water if needed. Blend for 30-45 minutes until smooth.
  3. Strain green mixture through a fine mesh nut milk bag over a large bowl, like Ellie’s Nut Milk Bag (use coupon code “bitchin” for 10% off).
  4. I like to do it in 2 or 3 batches. Squeeze the bag well to gt all the juice out of the pulp. Once pulp is separated, pour into glass and enjoy as is or over ice!
  5. Can be stored in the refrigerate in a airtight container or bottle for up to 2 days!

Enjoy!

xo

Amanda 

 

 

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Healthy Fruit & Nut Mix

Healthy Fruit & Nut Mix

Homemade Fruit & Nut Mix  for a healthy snack that will help keep your sweet cravings at bay!

Fruit & nut mix and most trail mixes get a bad rap for being unhealthy. But, that’s not because of all the good for you fats in there. Most store bought mixes on the market have added unnecessary sugars that turn this healthy treat into an unhealthy one.

However, I am a believer in including healthy fat into every meal, as it helps us stay fuller longer and aids in our overall health, especially if you are highly active. Making your own fruit & nut mix assures the quality of the ingredients that are going in! 

The anatomy of fruit & nut mix:

  1. Nuts – You can use any raw nuts of your choosing! They provide healthy fat and protein to help you body sustain energy and feel fuller longer.
  2. Seeds – Oh how I love seeds, never forget about them! Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds. They are all packed with vitamins and minerals to help your body work at it’s best. 
  3. Dried fruit – Their high sugar content help boost your low blood sugar after enduring a lot of physical activity. They are also great at curbing any sweet cravings! Look for sun dried fruit that isn’t coated in sugar – and try and get some that is unsulfured.

Now, check out my recipe for my favourite Fruit & Nut Mix! 

BITK’s Fruit & Nut Mix

Makes: about 3-4 cups 

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup raw pecans
  • 3/4 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened, dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened, dried blueberries
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened, dried strawberries (chopped)
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened banana chips 
  • 1/4 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon 

Instructions 

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. 
  2. Store in a air tight container or ziplock bag for up to 1 month!

Enjoy!

xo

Amanda

 

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Ingredient Spotlight: Be Pollen

Ingredient Spotlight: Be Pollen
Today’s ingredient spotlight: Bee Pollen
 
I’ve always been super sensitive to the outdoor environment. Season allergies for me mean a constant runny nose, asthma and eczema. 
 
After being told by numerous people and reading up about it, I decided to pick up a small jar of bee pollen while at my local farmers market. Keep reading to see how bee pollen can help your seasonal allergies and all the benefits it has! 
 

What is bee pollen?

Bee pollen is the result of the pollen that is collected on the bodies of bees. It is loaded with nutrients. High in protein and vitamins, it is a natural superfood.
 
Be pollen has SO many benefits for the body. It:
—> is anti-inflammatory
—> Acts as an antioxidant
—> Boosts the immune system
—> Can help fight and ease allergies 

How can be pollen help allergies?

Be pollen can reduce the histamine that is released when there is an immune response to an allergen. Much like over-the-counter medications, like Reactine and Claritin, it can help suppress seasonal allergy symptoms and respiratory issues, such as asthma.
 
In order for it to be effective to your particular environment, it is vital to buy local bee pollen. 
 

How to use bee pollen?

Intake of bee pollen should be done gradually and built up. It is recommended to start with 1/2 tsp a day and work your way up to 1-3 tablespoon by 4 weeks. I like to add it to my breakfast smoothie. 

Be Pollen Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients:

1 cup almond milk
1 banana 
1/2 tsp bee pollen
1 tsp raw honey
2 dates, stones removed
pinch of ground cinnamon

Instructions:

  1. Blend all ingredients together in a high speed blender.
  2. Enjoy! 
 
 
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