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TOP 5 TIPS FOR RECOVERING FROM A BINGE

Hellooooooo Christmas! (wtf how is 2017 nearly over!!?)
And also a hello to lots of food, lots of drinks and LOTS of fun spent with friends & family!
Now, lets just all take a moment to appreciate all of the delicious food we have eaten over the past few days (or weeks if ya know what I mean…Christmas parties, lunches etc). One of my biggest achievements over the last 12 months has been improving my relationship with food so I want to jump right on in to my very first (and what I would consider most important of all) tip:

1 – APPRECIATE THE FOODS YOU HAVE EATEN. ENJOY THEM!
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DETOX TIPS

With Spring only 1 day away in Australia, it’s that time of year when we start freaking out about our not-so-healthy diet choices over the Winter months. Well, the warm weather is coming and there’s nothing we can do about it – our hemlines are about to get a lot shorter and our tops a little more cropped.
With this in mind, it’s the prime time for people to jump on the detox/teatox/juice cleanse bandwagon, so let’s just start by saying that your body is a machine that is made to detoxify itself every day. This is exactly what your liver is for! Β  (more…)

SURF MUPPETS NEW SQUEEZES

My friend, the Surf Muppet had seen my previous juice post and is intrigued with making his own, healthy juices, so I have been giving a few different recipes a try for a bit of variety.

Fresh, home made juice recipes www.amirankin.com

My absolute favourite will always be Watermelon and mint. So simple and refreshing. Add some Coconut Water if you want to dilute it a little, and it adds in some natural electrolytes.

If you’re looking for something a little more filling, add in veggies like spinach and a frozen banana is always perfect to make a smoothie!
TIP: If you are using leafy ingredients like kale or mint, either freeze them overnight and blend separately with water on the lowest setting (it creates a vortex and pulls the greens into the middle to break them up), or put them through the juicer with watery ingredients like apple, cucumber or watermelon to get the most out of their health benefits & flavours.
These are some of my other go-to recipes:

TANGY TREAT
(From my previous Juice post, and still my number 1 go to juice for breakfast!)
Coconut water blended with frozen kale and beetroot leaves then added to the juice of:
1 beetroot
1 – 2 cups pineapple
1 apple
1 carrot
2 stalks of celery
1 cucumber
2 kiwi fruit
1 passionfruit.

Fresh, home made juice recipes www.amirankin.com

BEETROOT BLAST
1 beetroot
1 cucumber
2 stalks of celery
1 apple
1/2 a lemon
Ginger to taste

GREEN MACHINE
A simple, easy green juice
2 apples
2 pears
1 cucumber
A handful of mint leaves
A handful of kale

SWEET STRAWBERRY & GINGER
3 carrots
2 apples
1 -2 cup strawberries
Ginger to taste

VITAMIN C BOOST
2 oranges
5 carrots
2 big handfuls of kale
1/2 a lemon
1 cucumber
Ginger to taste

BROCCOLI?!
2 apples
1 cucumber
4 stalks of celery
1/2 a broccoli head
1/4 of a pineapple (or pineapple to taste)
Ginger to taste
(I promise the apple and pineapple cancel out the actual taste of the broccoli!)

Keep this in mind, and add in whatever ingredients you feel your body is lacking:
– Ginger helps to calm & soothe the digestive system
– Lemon & cucumber help to alkalinise & detox the body
– Kale adds lots of iron & chloryphill which detoxes your body & gives energy
– Carrots add lots of Vitamin A & C to keep our immune systems up

 

I have also just purchased a Thermomix & am so excited to be making my juices and smoothies in my very own ‘Thermie’ πŸ™‚ to make a juice, just place all the ingredients into the Thermomix bowl and blend for 2 mins/speed 10.Β  Check the consistency and if you’d like it a bit runnier, add some more water and blend again for 30 sec/speed 10.

My slow juicer was only $79 from K-Mart and it’s great!

J U I C E

I am the proud owner of a new Slow Pressed Juicer!
I love my juices and ‘detoxes’ but have been using my blender previously, which worked well but my beetroot and harder vegetables were still a little bit clumpy. Now I have found my solution and I feel like the possibilities are endless!

I love using fresh beetroot – it is high in so many vitamins; A, C and K, as well as magnesium, iron, potassium and sulfur. It has been said to heal the skin, liver, kidneys, eyes, helps with tiredness, detoxification and skin problems. Plus, it makes my juices pink! I blend up the leaves with a handful or 2 of kale as well to get the most out of my beetroot that I can.

I try to add at least 3 or 4 veggies, because I don’t eat enough of them and also because if you use too much fruit your juice becomes too high in sugar.

A few of my favourite juices at the moment are:
Beetroot, green apple, lemon, carrot and celery

Fresh, home made juice recipes www.amirankin.com

Coconut water blended with frozen kale and beetroot leaves then added to the juice including the body of the beetroot, pineapple, apple, carrot, celery, cucumber, kiwi fruit and passionfruit. YUM!

I purchased my Slow Pressed Juicer from K-Mart

I have also just purchased a Thermomix & am so excited to be making my juices and smoothies in my very own ‘Thermie’ πŸ™‚ to make a juice, just place all the ingredients into the Thermomix bowl and blend for 2 mins/speed 10.Β  Check the consistency and if you’d like it a bit runnier, add some more water and blend again for 30 sec/speed 10.

Fresh, home made juice recipes www.amirankin.com

D E T O X W A T E R

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Anyone that knows me, know I have been super into ‘detox water’ at the moment! I have a lot of trouble remembering to drink the recommended 2L of water every day (which helps with skin elasticity, hydration and flushing out toxins) so I find these to be a fun, yummy and healthy way to drink my water!

I have a few favourite flavours that I like to make, but here is a breakdown of ingredients you can use and why they are good for you:

– Lemons boost your immune system, balances PH levels, cleanses and detoxifies and can help with weight loss. It’s a great start to your day to wake up and have a glass of warm water with half a lemon juice squeezed in (although I’m still not the biggest fan of this myself, it is super healthy!)

– Water (obviously!) balances your lymph system and glands to help fight infection. Boosts metabolism and helps you to feel fuller. Increases in the production of new blood cells

– Oranges are high in vitamin C and speeds up cell turnover

– Strawberries are high in vitamin C, helps to lighten up skin spots

– Kiwi fruit is high in vitamin E and helps with skin blemishes

– Cucumber helps to alkalise the body

– Grapefruit helps to lower cholesterol and aids the digestive system

– Blueberries lowers blood pressure, helps with short term memory, high in fibre and vitamin C

– Mint leaves add a nice flavour to your water and helps with fresh breath!

– Goji berries are super high in antioxidants, have 500 times more vitamin C than oranges, contains 18 amino acids, has more iron than steak, contains zinc and vitamins B & C (goji berries are also awesome to add in a green tea)

Some of my favourite infusions: strawberry and mint, lemon orange and cucumber, blueberry and mint, pomegranite and orange, kiwifruit and raspberry