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JL Juice cleanse day 3

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The final day in my mini cleanse is here. I woke up at 5:30 am I believe it has something to do with my hunger! And today I am hungry, a little irritated and really cannot wait till tomorrow when I can enjoy one of my Primal blueberry cupcakes (recipe coming soon).

I started my day with water and lemon, ginger and green tepid tea whilst I made my first juice. I fancied carrot today so I worked out a juice around them as the main ingredient.

In carrot, the star vitamin is Vitamin A with one cup serving giving you a whopping 407.6% of your recommended daily intake! Just how big is that cup??!! They also provide benefits to cardiovascular support, are advocated in cancer prevention, full of antioxidants and help support vision.

Here is this mornings juice:

Bugs you-like?

4 large carrots (topped and tailed = T&T)

1 large cucmber (T&T)

1 rosy apple (cored)

1 green apple (cored)

1″ ginger (peeled)

I had an appointment at the gym this afternoon to shake up my schedule and it didn’t disappoint. I was feeling good, no real hunger pangs or pain, my mind was distracted and so I felt good, and whats more I felt energetic and strong. I made another post workout juice with my cocowater and I felt replenished both in thirst and in electrolytes. No dizzies here!

Coconuts have been proven to act as the perfect natural isotonic drink for post workout, they naturally replenish body fluid, raise the metabolism, and promote weight loss. It has immune function as well as detoxifying properties. I will have some of that…please and thank you!

Coco cool

300ml coco water

5 sticks of celery (T&T)

2 kiwi (T&T)

1 courgette (T&T)

I squeezed a little lemon juice in to taste and it really rebalanced the flavours adding some zing and Vit. C!

Come 6pm I a flagging, I am starting to have daydreams about tomorrow and what I should have for breakfast. Do I have a coffee? Or wait till late morning? Do I have a juice or some bacon and eggs? Do I just have a blueberry cupcake? Ooooh I am really feeling it and my stomach sounds like mount etna rumbling. Lots is going on in there. I know its all for the good of my body, but by gum I am pleased I only have a few more hours to think about then bed and fresh up in the morning for a solid breakfast and the gym.

So feeling a little fractious and rather hungry I remember I have Beetroot! I found my beloved raw beetroot in my supermarket and cannot resist. It is a great source of potassium, magnesium, folic acid, iron, zinc, calcium, phosphorus, sodium, niacin and beta-carotene. It Aids tissue growth, lowers blood pressure, increases sex drive, prevents some cancers and lowers cholesterol. It has long been used in folk medicine to treat a variety of ailments including fevers and illnesses relating to digestion and the blood. It is in itself a little bomb of goodness. I cannot wait to have this juice.

Beet is me treat

5 sticks celery (T&T)

3 hands spinach

1 large cucmber (T&T)

1 green apple (cored)

1 beetroot (raw)

1″ ginger (peeled)

All in all

I have to say I have enjoyed this mini juice cleanse. I think after doing this one I could take my challenge further next time and do 5 days. However I may just put that on hold for the moment. The juices have been yummers! Some are definately not for the faint hearted, but knowing the nutritional benefits of each of the ingredients helps spur me on.

As a parting note I am just giving you a sneak peek at my cupcakes which I will preview next week!

Enjoy juicykins! JL x

Oh my!… Kates Primal blueberry cupcakes! I cannot wait to try them! I have it on good authority (mum) that they are totally delicious!

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Juice: Red pepper delight

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This mornings run was a good one: past the port, along the beach, past the zoo through the parc and the Arc de Triomf and home. It was hot (29°c) but the air was fresh and the smell of sea and sand made it all worth the while. Needless to say by the time I arrived back home I needed something to quench my thirst and replenish my body.

My juice today was a pot luck; lets see how these taste when combined….surprisingly good actually, which is why I want to share this recipe with you.

It is the first time red pepper has appeared on my blog, so I shall invite you to read a few nutritional facts about this vegetable.

JUICY FACTOID: Did you know that green peppers are just unripe red peppers? Because they are not fully mature, they have a bitter after taste, and half the vitamin C and 1/10th the vitamin A compared to their red or orange siblings. Vitamin A has been shown to improve sperm quality, and vitamin C helps build collagen, which ensures beautiful skin – all these combined makes peppers one of nature’s sexiest foods!

Red peppers contain almost 300 percent of your daily vitamin C intake. Besides being a powerful antioxidant, vitamin C is also needed for the proper absorption of iron. A great source of vitamin B6 and magnesium. This combination has indicated a decrease in anxiety, especially related to pre-menstrual symptoms (women pay attention! Men rejoice!). Vitamin B6 is also a natural diuretic, so help reduce bloating and prevent against hypertension.

Red peppers are high in vitamin A, which helps to support healthy eyesight, especially night vision. Packed with antioxidants; the combined effects of vitamin A and C create a great antioxidant capacity, and with lycopene, red pepper becomes a fabulous superfood. Lycopene is what makes tomatoes and peppers red. Red peppers are one of the highest veggies in lycopene, which has been successfully tested in the prevention of cancers including prostate and lung.

Recent research has shown that sweet red peppers can activate thermogenesis and increase metabolism. These ones do not contain capsaicin, which is what makes peppers hot and causes us to sweat, but they do have a mild thermogenic action that increases our metabolism without increasing our heart rate and blood pressure like the hot peppers do.

How nutritiously delicious!

So now to our juice. Like I said before, it is lucky dip juice day, so you may think they are a strange combination, but alas, it works and tastes great! Enjoy juicykins! x

Juice: red pepper delight!

1 broccoli (including stem)

1 courgette (topped and tailed)

1 red pepper (topped and seeded)

1 mango (stoned)

1 green apple (cored)

1 hand of chard/spinach.

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Juice: Tropical twist

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Mango…dear mango,

It has to be said I was never really your biggest fan. I didn’t like your fibrous texture or the fact that you seemed to always appear sliced with a slime-like coating…There is a good ending to this tale trust me! But one day, not so long ago, I was given freshly cut mango to taste and my feelings for you changed! I suddenly tasted what it was that makes you such a special addition to any fruit bowl, I let you into my life (well my kitchen) and we have been happy ever since. I have enjoyed your tropical flavour, especially when added to Greek yoghurt with a squeeze of honey. And today you made your first appearance on my blog and in my mornings juice! You didn’t disappoint!

Much love JL x

Health Benefits of mango:

Mango has a relatively low glycemic index (41-60) so moderate quantities will not spike your sugar levels. Good news! Research has also shown antioxidant compounds including quercetin, isoquercitrin, astragalin, fisetin, gallic acid and methylgallat, as well as the abundant enzymes in mango have been found to protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers. High levels of fibre, pectin and vitamin C help to lower serum cholesterol levels, specifically Low-Density Lipoprotein (the bad stuff).

Mango is rich in vitamin A, which promotes good eyesight and dry eyes. The tartaric acid, malic acid, and a trace of citric acid found in mango helps to maintain alkalinity of the body. As a good source of vitamin E it is a great antioxidant and can aid in digestion and elimination due to its fibre content. Not forgetting, the generous amounts of vitamin C and A in mangos, plus 25 different kinds of carotenoids keep your immune system healthy and strong.

Mangos for the Skin:

Waste not want not…I found a great idea for the pulp: 

Blending the juiced mango pulp and applying to the face is fast and easy. Just don’t forget a slice of cucumber for the eyes! Alternatively, after cleansing your face as normal, try using the pulp as a skin buffer. I applied and scrubbed my face with the pulp, then removed the excess. Allowed it to dry for a minute and further buffed the remainder gently with a dry muslin cloth. My skin not only smells good, but feels smooth and refreshed!

Mangos contain beta-carotene, which is converted by your body to vitamin A. That and vitamin C are crucial to skin self-repair. Leave on your skin for 5-10 minutes and rinse with luke warm water and a muslin cloth for best results.

Juice: Tropical twist:

2 cucumbers (topped and tailed)

2 hands acelga (chard in English)

1 mango (de-seeded)

1 orange (peeled)

1/2 lime squeezed

Juice: Summers in bloom

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Having friends visit is great; you get to catch up, chat (alot), giggle…and I get to try out a new recipe on them! So I decided to make us a refreshing summer juice full of nutritional goodness, with a subtle sweetness that is thirst quenchingly taste-tastic. I used all of the ingredients shown in the photo, which made ALOT of juice – If you are making for one, simply halve the ingredients.

Summer time is boldly upon us and there are times when you need to get out of the heat and cool down with something refreshing.

Instead of buying an icecream or icepop, why not juice some of your favourite fruits and veggies and either add ice for a refreshing beverage or pour into pre-moulds and stick in the freazer for your own fresh, preservative and additive free cooling snack or desert! Now that is a “cool” idea!

My recommendation is to make smaller quantities, perhaps try watermelon and strawberry, or kiwi and apple then maybe blueberry with yogurt. Oooh, I think I might be onto something here! Add the odd piece of fruit too for a frozen surprize!

Back to the juice! So with an abundance of vitamins, minerals and a satisfying flavour: todays juice is good for all manner of things including replenishing thirst, detoxing, cleansing, relaxing and great for pregnant women too. It will give you just the right amount of sweetness without overpowering the flavours of the cucumber and celery and with green tea you are getting extra detoxifying properties too!

Juice: Summers in bloom

6 celery stalks (tailed)

2 cucumber (topped and tailed)

2 apples (cored)

1/4 medium size watermelon

1 cup cooled organic green tea

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Enjoy summer juicykins! X

Juice: Skin star!

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Today I fancied a juice to give my skin a bit of glow, and my eyes bit of a sparkle! I think I found the ideal recipe for this and it tasted yummers!

Among the bountiful benefits of the carrot are: improvements with eye health, antioxidant qualities due to Vitamins A, B1, B2, C and E. They are great for skin, hair and nails and also fab for the muscular system due to their Vitamin E content. However, I want to focus today on the benefits of the orange and coco juice. As it is the first time they have appeared on my blog.

Orange are abundant in nutrients, low in calories, contain no saturated fats or cholesterol, but are rich in dietary fibre. Oranges, like other citrus fruits, are an excellent source of vitamin C which is a powerful natural antioxidant. This helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the blood. GO TEAM ORANGE!

It also contains a variety of phytochemicals. Naringenin is found to have a bio-active effect on human health as antioxidant, free radical scavenger, anti-inflammatory, and immune system modulator.

“Give me an ‘O’…’R’…’A’…’N’…’G’…’E’ !”

Oranges also contain very good levels of vitamin A, and other flavonoid antioxidants such as alpha and beta-carotenes, beta-cryptoxanthin, zea-xanthin and lutein. These compounds are known to have fab antioxidant properties. Vitamin A is also required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin and is essential for vision.

So, as you can see, orange is a bit of a skin star! It is packed full of delicious nutrients with very favourable, antioxidant effects for our body health, skin health, hair and nail health.

Coco water. I know I know. I am not a fan of cheating, but at 7am hammering away at a coconut did not seem like a good idea. I need my fingers for my job too much. Plus this coco water is special. The process is carried out so the coco water actually still thinks it is inside the nut, therefore it has not been exposed to light, and in turn maintains high nutritional value! SO this little cheat goes a long way:

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Coconut is rich in Calcium, Magnesium, phosphorous, and potassium. Vitamin C, riboflavin, B6 and thiamin. It is also a great source of fibre which means that it aids in effective cleansing of the digestive tract.

Wonders of coco water include its re-hydrating qualities as it is a natural isotonic. It aids in carrying oxygen and nutrients to cells more effectively, raises the metabolism, boosts our immune system and circulation. SO another skin star for todays juice.

WOW! What a trio! Lets get juicing!

Juice: Skin Star!

6 carrots (tailed)

1 orange (peel off)

1 cucumber (topped and tailed)

Chunk of ginger (skin off)

Dr Antonio Martins Coco Water (now I added about half the carton to todays juice, but add according to taste a preference)

Enjoy stunning Juicykins! X

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Juice: Spinappleberry

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I was feeling all a bit creative juicy today…no surprises there! SO I decided to scan my fridge and pick my most attractive looking fruits and veggies and give them a juice!

Todays juice will cover pretty much all categories and I am going to tell you a few reasons why:

One cup of strawberries contains 21% of manganese. An essential nutrient that acts as a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. Your one cup will also give you over 13% of the RDA (recommended daily allowance) of dietary fibre,which will keep digestion regular, as well as lower blood pressure and curb overeating.  The combination of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agents found in strawberries also fight against the onset of many different forms of cancer. Thanks to the vitamin C, folate, and the flavonoids: quercetin and kaempferol, strawberries are a deliciously juicy defense against potentially cancerous cells.

Celery leaves are high in vitamin A, whilst the stems prove to be an excellent source of vitamins B1, B2, B6 and C. Along with being  rich in potassium, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorous, sodium and many essential amino acids.

During hot weather, a glass of celery juice between meals is said to help regulate body temperature wonderfully, whilst the potassium and sodium helps regulate body fluid making it an important in ridding the body of excess fluid. 

It promotes healthy and normal kidney function by aiding elimination of potentially harmful toxins. in doing so it prevents the formation of kidney stones! Ooooh er! Here is the best bit: nutrients in the fibres, released during the juicing process aid bowel movements. So all-in-all our dear friend celery is important in keeping things moving and flowing!

Spinach our super duper veggie is an excellent source of chlorophyll. It is also a fab source of vitamins A, B complex, C, E, K, carotene, folate, manganese, calcium, iron, iodine, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sodium, trace elements and amino acids! Phew!

That’s not all: the minerals in spinach are highly alkaline,  making it a perfect anti-inflammatory food (perfect for those suffering with arthritis) helping to regulate body pH. It will give you the same amount of  protein from the same quantity meat! And the high content of iron makes it a great food to fight anaemia along with the abundance of folic acid making this the perfect choice for those pre-pregnancy and during pregnancy. Phew, the list does not stop there, but these are enough to go on for now.

Cucumber has a relatively high fibre content. When combined with 1 gram of protein cucumbers fat burning properties come to life. As cucumbers do not have large amounts of vitamins and minerals, they do provide you with a small dose of vitamins A, C, K, B6 as well as folate and thiamin. Aside from salt, all minerals are present and accounted for including; calcium, iron, manganese, selenium, zinc and potassium.

Many of the health benefits of cucumber are physical, such as clear skin, reduction in our much loathed eye bags and relief from sunburn. The water content in cucumbers is also responsible for helping expel toxins from your body… I’ll have that thank you!

Green apples are full of vitamins and minerals including: Vitamin A, B6, C, E , niacin, thiamin, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc. Not forgetting its value as a good source of fibre. This helps regulate bowel movements, helping the digestive process overall. These high levels of fibre also help to reduce cholesterol already present in the body. They contain both tartaric as well as maleic acid therefore reduce the chances of indigestion and give your stomach a sense of satisfaction so you don’t tend to overeat. However, if you have consumed something heavy, go ahead and have a green apple and it will help ease digestion due to the enzymes present.

Nabo our little foreign friend! They translate it as turnip. But it has to be a derivative as I have never seen one that is this white, with this much water content and such a peppery flavour. It  is high in fibre, calcium, phosphorus and ascorbic acid. The leaves boiled in a little water are rich in fiber and, particularly, calcium, vitamin A and C.  Nabo is believed to be a very useful vegetable beneficial in detoxification and also has diuretic capabilities.

So there you have it, a small selection of the health benefits of our juice for today!  So go ahead and give it a try!

Juice: Spinappleberry

10 strawberrys

4 sticks of celery (tailed)

3 hands of spinach

1 cucumber (topped and tailed)

1 green apple (cored)

half or 1 small nabo (tailed)

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I found it a little missing in something when I had juiced, so I added a squeeze of lime and a squeeze of lemon, which brought the flavour right to my liking!

Enjoy juicykins! X 

Pregnancy nutrition

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I am certain (well I hope) we are all aware of the importance of a healthy diet throughout pregnancy. Not only to give the mother energy and her body nutrition in order to adapt and cope with pregnancy; but also to supply vital nutrients to baby so that she will develop and thrive throughout gestation and beyond. Yes…what happens in the womb, plays a huge role to babys health after birth!

For further information why not take a look at:  Well Adjusted Babies: Jennifer Barham-Floreani. A fantastic book providing parents and health professionals with well-researched, essential and wholesome knowledge on health issues. Check it out here:

Well Adjusted Babies

I am no authority on pregnancy and I don’t pretend to be either. I am simply delivering what knowledge I do know and what I have found out through my own research. So always ensure you are well read before making your own informed decisions on your health….especially when you have special cargo onboard!

Juicing during pregnancy

If you already have good dietary habits, a few simple changes will ensure your unborn baby receives all the nutrition needed for healthy, normal growth. It also ensures that your body has a healthy pregnancy and that it is not starved for nutrition by your unborn baby. Juicing benefits you and your baby by providing a fresh, rich source of vitamins and minerals. Juicing ensures a healthy pregnancy.

A nutritionally well balanced diet increases chances of normal brain development, normal birth weight and decreases chances of complication.

Juices can moderate or eliminate such pregnancy issues as fatigue, morning sickness, constipation, anemia and preeclampsia. Mood swings are much improved during the pregnancy (happy husband!) and recovery time after delivery is likely shortened…Bonus!!!

During pregnancy, juicing helps you gain real nutrients to alleviate pregnancy symptoms.  You will consume ample carbohydrate to control your weight as well prevent morning sickness and constipation. This will also provide your unborn child with valuable nutrients. Juicing high fiber foods such as vegetables and fruit will assist your digestion.

Responsible juicing:

Ladies please be responsible whilst pregnant. It may seem an exciting easy way to gain nutrients for your body and your baby, but moderation IS the key. Juicing should certainly not be an alternative to your normal healthy diet; it should be in conjunction with, and add nutrients to your diet not a substitute for food. Variety is my ‘juice for life’ and food should be enjoyed in all its wonderful forms!

Vital nutrients for mother and baby:

Pre-preganancy and during pregnancy: Folate is a B vitamin that helps prevent neural tube defects, serious abnormalities of the brain and spinal cord. Lack of folate in a pregnancy diet may also increase the risk of low birth weight and preterm delivery. The synthetic form of folate found in supplements and fortified foods is known as folic acid.

  • Good sources: Leafy green vegetables, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, citrus fruits, strawberries, blueberries and blackberries are examples of good sources of naturally occurring folate.
Mother and baby need calcium for strong bones and teeth. Calcium also helps your circulatory, muscular and nervous systems run normally.
  • Good sources: Dairy products are the richest sources of calcium. Dark leafy greens, sea vegetables, nuts and seeds are good and bananas, grapes (green and black), orange, mango and pear all contain calcium. Dairy products, however do tend to be the most readily available source.
 Vitamin D — Promotes bone strength and helps build your baby’s bones and teeth. While the best way to get vitamin D is from the sun, sometimes it isn’t possible to get the daily requirement, due to several factors including for example: the strength of the sunlight on any given day.
  • Good dietary sources: No fruit contains vitamin D and mushrooms are the only vegetable that contains it therefore; oily fish such as salmon, sardines, tuna and chicken livers are great sources of vitamin D. Other options include fortified milk and orange juice.

Protein is crucial for your baby’s growth, especially during the second and third trimesters.

  • Good dietary sources: Lean meat, poultry, fish and eggs are great sources of protein. Other options include dried beans and peas, tofu, dairy products and peanut butter.
Your body uses iron to make hemoglobin, a protein in the red blood cells that carries oxygen to your tissues. During pregnancy your blood volume expands to accommodate changes in your body and help your baby make his or her entire blood supply — doubling your need for iron.If you don’t get enough iron, you may become fatigued and more susceptible to infections. The risk of preterm delivery and low birth weight also may be higher.

  • Good sources: Lean red meat, poultry and fish are good sources of iron. Other options include nuts and dried fruit. Green and leafy vegetables are also a good source.

To enhance the absorption of iron from plant sources and supplements, pair them with a food or drink high in vitamin C — such as orange juice, tomato juice or strawberries. If you take iron supplements with orange juice, avoid the calcium-fortified variety. Although calcium is an essential nutrient during pregnancy, calcium can decrease iron absorption.

Juice: Baby Boooom!

5 carrots (topped)

2 oranges (peeled)

chunk of ginger

Juice: Mama’s Super Greens

3 hands spinach

3 celery stalks

2 cucumber (topped)

1/2 small broccoli (with stalk)

2 green apples (cored)

1/2  lemon 

Juice: Tutti fruity

8 strawberries

15 blueberries

2 kiwi (topped and tailed)

1 cucumber

1 green apple

(To make a smoothie version of Tutti Fruity blend all and add Kefir or natural (unsweetened) yogurt to taste.)

Enjoy my blossoming juicykins! x

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