This is our third year in joining the prayer and fasting. J decided to go on a full juice fast while I maintain what I eat. It would be easier for me to make fresh juice for J since we have our own place. This would also be a great time for him to reboot his system and give his digestive organ a rest from solid foods. As for me, I'll be maintaining my eating habits removing the foods that are bad for me and including more healthy foods.
While J is having his fresh green juice, I'll be having my smoothie. For J's green juice, I usually combine neutral flavored vegetables with a sweet fruit and some leafy herbs or vegetables, sometimes something bitter and spicy. I usually don't measure when I juice so here's the juice that I did for him. This will make about 1.2 liters of juice.
For my smoothie, I made a simple one consists of frozen fruits such as bananas, guyabano and strawberries with orange juice and chia seeds. I tried making a green smoothie before but I think some leafy greens are meant to be cooked rather then blended into a smoothie. But if I do add some leafy greens, I use water spinach (kangkong) and spinach (I prefer Manila spinach) or romaine lettuce. And the addition of cucumber and celery is also good. And for a refreshing smoothie, some mint, basil and cilantro are really nice. For now, I just want a fruit smoothie. Smoothies are great because you can add boosters into it such as barley grass powder, spirulina, hemp seeds, hemp rice or cacao nibs.They were hard to find before and very expensive. But now you can purchase them at The Superfood Grocer . I find their products affordable and it's a great way to incorporate super foods in the smoothies
Juices and smoothies are starting to become a mainstream even if it became popular a few years ago. Dad used to make juice at home back in the mid 90's. Was it that long ago? Just like any healthy trend, always proceed with caution and of course, moderation in moderation. Oh, more about that later.
Since I have a sensitive stomach, I prefer to drink my smoothie as a morning or afternoon snack instead of breakfast. And when it comes to blending the smoothies, there's nothing like the Vitamix blender. It makes the smoothest and creamiest smoothie. I wouldn't buy any other brand of blender except for Vitamix. For now, I borrowed J's aunt's blender. And I'm also using and loving the glass bottle from Life Factory that my sister gave me for Christmas. I'm hoping to have more of these bottles most especially for the baby in the future.