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Juice vs Smoothie... a video comparison!

I was really curious to see what a juice vs a smoothie would look like when using the exact same ingredients.

This simply stemmed from simple curiosity on my part, I'm typically a smoothie girl but I do appreciate that juices have great nutritional benefits as you get a lot of nutrition in very small volume, which can be very beneficial if you're trying to assist your body in getting back on track after an indulgent period such as Christmas!

I have made a little video for you comparing them and giving my thoughts, it also gives some top tips and ideas on how I go about my juice and smoothie prep. I've blogged about my favourite smoothie recipe before I think, but have noted it again below for quick reference. The exact same ingredients are used in the juice.

Recipe: My favourite green smoothie (or juice)

Ingredients:

Makes approx 1 litre

  • 2 cups packed spinach 
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 2 cm fresh ginger
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 1 apple- cored not peeled
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups water (or more/less to reach desired thickness) 
  • pinch of xanthan gum (optional but makes the consistency beautifully creamy)

Method:

For smoothie: Blend everything together until as smooth as possible. I find it easiest to add half the water first, blend well and then add the remainder and re-blend to get the smoothest consistency.

For Juice: Juice everything and do not add the water or xanthan gum.

this wasn't the photo of the smoothie I made in the video (as I didn't take one!) but it looks the same :-)

this wasn't the photo of the smoothie I made in the video (as I didn't take one!) but it looks the same :-)

Here are  a couple of other juice pulp recipe ideas:

Juice pulp coleslaw

Oaty fruit squares


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Get your green on!

It's St Patricks day..... what better day to celebrate all the glorious green in our lives.

From food to nature... 'green' brings me back to my senses and reminds me of the essence of life. Ok, maybe thats a bit to deep ands meaningful! But I think you all know what I mean... there is something so timelessly fresh and pure about 'green'.

I have been furiously recipe developing behind the scenes in recent weeks for two reasons... the main line being the Real Food Source 'Nut-Butter' book that is now nearing completion... the other reason i'll update you on later this week.

My green recipe of the weekend was this minty green shake... a cross between a green smoothie and a thick creamy shake. I used my original green smoothie recipe as it base and added a generous dollop of cashew butter...mmmm.

Will go be doing anything 'green' today?


Recipe: Creamy green mint shake

Serves 1 

Ingredients 

  • 2/3 cup water (or more for a less thinner shake)
  • 1 cup packed spinach (or other greens)
  • 1/3 cup cucumber
  • ½ cm fresh ginger
  • 2 tsp lime juice (or lemon)
  • 1 small apple, pear or chunk of mango (approx 1/3 cup)
  • 2 tbs cashew or blanched almond butter (ot roasted) 
  • 3-4 small fresh mint leaves (plus extra for optional garnish)
  • A few drops of stevia (only if needed)

 Method

Blend everything together until as smooth as possible. 


Some more 'green' recipes to inspire you...

Stuffed pancake stack

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Dip ya bones!!

It's very nearly halloween...and this is my second seasonal post! Look at me go, this must be a first.

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It nearly didn't happen as this dip had originally been planned as a 'monster mash' of sorts  after I was inspired by this recipe by the PPK and wanted to create my own.  I tried a couple of different ingredient combinations but it just wasn't holding up the way I wanted to. I was so close to scrapping the whole thing BUT it tasted good and i didn't want to waste my efforts before binning it so I thought i'd spread a bit on some raw veggie sticks and crackers...and then it was suddenly obvious. I had made a yummy dip!

Happy times after all :-) 

The first time I made this I used sweet potato and kale, then the second time I made it with cauliflower and kale. Both work well and you can sub roughly the same quantities for each. The photos show the cauli version and so that is what i have based the recipe below on.

If you not a fan of kale... you could go for this bean and pea dip, even quicker to whip up! 

I think my main mistake in failing in the monster mash was not allowing the veg to drain and dry well enough- particularly the cauli version. If you want to try and make some little monsters, be sure to pat the veg dry before blending, then try piping it through a large piping nozzle and decorating.  If it fails...well, you have a fab dip ;-) 

Oh... a quick note on the crackers! I made a 'human' variation of this peanut butter dog cracker recipe still using the spelt flour and ingredients as noted but adding extra salt, spices and some nutritional yeast to taste. You could also use this gluten free cracker recipe which I think would also work really well. Use a bone cutter for the ultimate effect!! :-)

Last but not least!  Let me welcome my little monster friend to you all. I carved him this morning to sit at the reception desk of the wellness centre where I work. I know I should have been studying but sometime other things take priority... and I got a little carried away. We've been playing a 'name the monster'  game over on my Instagram and Facebook pages, so why not join in! What should we call him (or her).....?

 

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Recipe: Halloween dip (1 large dip or 4 small monsters)

Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups chopped packed kale
  • 2 cups finely chopped cauliflower
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbs cashew or almond butter
  • salt and pepper (plus other spices if desired) to taste

Method: 

Cook the kale and cauliflower for approx. 8 minutes unit cooked (steam to retain nutrients). Drain (see note) and add remaining ingredients to the pan. Blend with a hand blender or transfer to a small blender and blend until creamy and green!

Best served immediately whilst hot with raw veggies or crackers or decorate as desired. 

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