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H&H: Juicing for Beginners with Curry’s

Juicing vs Smoothie Making

A couple of weeks ago Currys invited me out to try their range of Juicers, an alternative to smoothie making where you only get the juice from the ingredients with no pulp. Since I’ve just joined the gym and I’m trying to improve my health I thought it was a pretty good idea to try before I thought about buying!

Super awesome bonus was I got to hang out with Daisy from Prettygreentea for the day. We met at the Blognix event in Birmingham last year and I just love having a blogging buddy that is so into business like I am. Working for yourself can be lonely at times, so I really enjoyed sharing some ideas with Daisy over a Chai Tea at Bundobust (recommended!) before we headed down to play with juicers!

Juicing with vegetables
My first impression of the juicers were that they were huge! We have a tiny blender that I use for smoothies and milkshakes so the juicers looked like giants in comparison – I really wouldn’t have the space to keep one on our worktop.

The first juice we tried included ginger, cucumber, apples, carrots and beetroot. Beetroot?! It was surprisingly tasty and not too sweet. I would never have thought of including those ingredients.
We then got to make up our own recipes and I loved how easy it was to use the juicers; you can literally toss fruit in there, whole (except oranges – they need peeling, and any stoned fruit needs the stones removed).

Juicing Recipe: Lime, Apple, Cucumber, Pineapple

My recipe was lime, pineapple, cucumber and apple and it came out vibrantly green and soooo tasty, oh my! I think lime is my absolute key juice ingredient. Here’s a few tips I learned:

// Even though you can throw in whole fruits I cut my apple in half and would recommend that you peel away the lime skin if you don’t like a bitter taste to your juice.

// You can add supplements to your juice by popping in a spoon of chia seeds for extra protein or a splash of flaxseed oil that can help with skin complaints like eczema and psoriasis.

// It’s much better for you, especially if you’re dieting, to make a juice from vegetables as fruits contain a lot of natural sugars. For more nutritional advice you can head to NutriShan.

Juicing with fresh tumeric, ginger and beetroots

Best Vegetable Juice Ideas
On the whole I really liked the juice and the variety of flavours you can whip up. I loved the simplicity and I think I would really enjoy drinking a fresh juice everyday as opposed to a smoothie or milkshake… or even as well as. However I think the size of the juicer (and the price!) puts me off, at least until I can get a bit more organised at home! You can read more about our day over at the Curry’s Blog!

Have you tried juicing? Or do you prefer the more traditional smoothie?
Loves x xx

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Recipe: 100% Fresh Fruit Smoothie

Fresh fruit smoothie, healthy eating recipe

1/3 pineapple
2 kiwi fruit
3-4 strawberries
A dash of juice (orange/apple or pineapple usually!)

*For alternatives instead of strawberries we have used sweet clementines, white grapes, blueberries and raspberries.

Smoothies are an excellent way of boosting your healthy food intake, daily. It’s such a simple process that we make ours fresh and drink it in the morning before work. We bought a Cooks Professional Multi Blender through a Groupon deal (which has since expired, sadly) and it has been excellent!

Handmade smoothies are quite ‘bitty’ (i.e. contain pulp if you’re in the US) so for me they’re sometimes not the most satisfying thing to drink, however I do appreciate cramming my fruit intake into one glass sized portion in the morning. It’s definitely worth it!

Fresh Fruit Smoothie, Healthy Eating Recipe

The whole process is so easy; Chop up the fruit, pile it into the cup, screw it onto the blender, whizz and go. I’ve used smoothie makers in the past that just seemed way too much hassle to clean but with this there is minimal washing up as only the cup needs cleaning and the blade needs rinsing; You can even use the cup to drink out of! This blender is so dinky too so it takes up minimal space on the counter top, meaning we can keep it out all the time. You know how I like my day-to-day tasks here at onetenzeroseven, simple and convenient ;)

What are your favourite fruit combinations? Happy smoothie making! Loves x xx

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