Zesty Fresh Pick-Me-Up

by Vashte on August 1, 2013

alkalise, raw, gluten free, vegan, juice, smoothie, easy and good for you!

Vashte's Pick-Me-Up

I recently discovered this blend at the Ferry Road Markets as a juice. Totally fell in love with it so have re-created this at home using my Vitamix as opposed to just juicing. Juice (green vegetable juices only not fruit juices) can be a great way to start your day as they are easy for the body to absorb and assimilate the nutrients without requiring much to digest. Easy access and virtually immediate. This is why I choose to avoid fruit juices- as the natural sugar content of most fruit juices can shoot blood sugar levels into the yo-yo I like to avoid as much as possible.

I rarely juice. I like the whole entire vegetable. Each part of the vegetable helps my digestion to function at optimum levels. Juices are a rarity for my body. Sooo what I did is throw in all the ingredients whole– as that is the joy of the Vitamix. It blends and mulches everything up to create a delicious, filling concoction, no lumps allowed!

Whether you juice this baby or blend it- that is up to you. I am sure you will love the zingy, refreshing flavours coming at you faster than a speeding ball of light! And your body will love you for the goodness you have chosen to fuel it with today!

So this blend is incredibly alkalising due to the raw green vegetables, the lemon, the ginger and the apple. The original recipe had a pear as well, but the fruit is purely there to reduce the bitterness of green veges only. One piece or half a piece is plenty. Juices sold to the masses tend to be sweeter in taste as that is what sells. Don’t think that just because it is a ‘juice’ or a ‘smoothie’ that it is good for you. Always look at the ingredients- a good rule of thumb is this: if you ‘think ‘it is not that healthy… it probably isn’t. Listen to your gut 😉

This one is healthy, cleansing and alkalising! I love it.. so I’m making this, and variations to it, every day after Bikram. Perfect way to re-fuel my body after an intense workout – physically and mentally.

Vashte's Refreshing Smoothie

What Is In It?

choose organic when you can!

  • Kale
  • Cucumber
  • Celery
  • Lemon
  • Apple
  • Ginger
  • Ice and Filtered Water

Blend or juice = YUM

What do you eat or drink to re-fuel after your training sessions?

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