Lean, Green and Mean. Let’s Juice!

As you know, I’m a huge fan of juicing and, after some encouragement, so is Lacie. It always, has to be my juice, mind, but that’s fine. I just make extra. Knowing that she’s getting some vegetables in her, definitely helps me sleep at night. These days, I can’t even place a vegetable on her tray. If I do, I get a huge ‘NOOOOO Mummy, and its given straight back to me!

Here’s one of our favourite recipes at the moment. It’s been created by Joe Wicks, aka The Body Coach for Philips. I’ve only ever used a Philips Juicer – they are easy to clean (honestly cleaning these juicers can be a real drag!) and they are pretty compact, especially the Viva Collection Compact juicer, so they don’t take over the kitchen.

This recipe is called the Little Green Monster, and it is made from;

2 apples
3 handfuls of spinach
5 celery sticks
and a ¼ of a lemon.

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Give it a go and if your child refuses to eat vegetables, pop a fun, curly straw in your glass and encourage them to try it. Once they have a taste – you won’t get a look in, so next time, make double!!

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Have you tried adding a juice to your children’s meals? I’ve found the more colourful the better! You could even get them to help you make it – or pretend too!

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Pregnancy countdown – 39 days to go and I’ve done myself…

A new eating plan….

Now I’m nearing my last month of pregnancy I’m conscious that I need to feed my growing baby loads of healthy nutrients – despite the fact that I constantly feel bloated and to be honest a bit sick. It’s hard to over-eat but I don’t want to under eat either (not much chance of that!)

So I’ve written myself a plan of action of what I will be eating over the next few weeks. I’ve decided that little and often works best for us….here is the plan.

7am Green juice BEFORE gym

9:30am Spinach Omelette with grated hard goats cheese

12:30 Homemade soup or salad with lean protein and 1/2 avocado

3:30pm Sunwarrior protein shake with coconut milk and banana and cinnamon

7pm  Protein like salmon, chicken, turkey etc with salad or roasted veggies

7:30pm Chopped apple with cinnamon and almond butter.

8pm – Herbal tea.

I really love the Sunwarrior protein as it tastes like chocolate and sorts out my cravings, which always tend to pop up in the afternoon. It’s really tasty with the banana too and the coconut milk makes it really creamy.

Some other great snacks to keep me satisfied until dinner are;
* LoveRaw Superfood Energy Bar. They come in various flavours – my fav being Rosehip and Lemon. It’s really tangy and has no added sugar, grains or dairy.
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* UpRaw Bars – they are high protein and are made with wide array of wholesome ingredients such as walnuts, whey protein powder, desiccated coconut, honey and cocoa powder. Again these are wheat, dairy and sugar-free and really chocolatey.
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* CO YO – a coconut milk yogurt that is vegan, sugar-free, dairy free and soy-free. It’s super creamy and tastes wonderful with raspberries and banana with a few sliced nuts on top.
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Grenade® Reload Protein Flapjacks – again a protein rich snack that is satisfies my sweet tooth with any nasty refined sugars. I find this really dense and filling – so sometimes I can only have half – depending on how hungry I actually am.
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You may have noticed that all of these snacks are high in protein. This is because foods rich in protein take longer to digest and do not cause a high spike in your blood glucose levels like carbs can.
The amino acids that make up protein are also the building blocks of your body’s cells – and of your baby’s body as well.
It’s vital that we get enough protein throughout pregnancy, especially during the second and third trimesters, when your baby is growing the fastest and your breasts and organs are getting bigger to accommodate the needs of your growing baby.

 

 

 

My Pregnancy Diet

Since finding out I’m expecting, weight has gone on where I really didn’t want it too and I have craved foods that I really didn’t want to crave.

Admittedly, in the first three months I went with the flow. If I wanted some salad, thats what I had, and if I wanted a digestive biscuit I went with it. I was so relieved to be pregnant, I wanted to do everything I could to protect my baby, and that involved listening to my body and going with it.

Now I’m five months in, I want to take more care of what is going in.

Here is my diet;

Before the gym:  two boiled eggs
10am: Green juice – 1 x apple, 4 x sticks celery, handful of kale, 1 x lemon, 1/4 cucumber and sometimes 1/2 avocado. I will also have a slice of rye bread with almond butter.

1pm: Usually a soup or I have chicken with sweet potato and salad.

4pm: This is my problem time so I have something sweet like chocolate Sunwarrior Protein Shake and 1/2 banana with cinnamon. I might also have a few slices of goats cheese.

7pm: Protein like salmon, chicken, steak or cod with salad or veggies.

8:pm: Apple and cinnamon and almond butter.

Now I don’t know if this is the right diet for everyone but I seem to have loads of energy from this. I’m still putting on weight though, which I suppose is down to my growing baby and my hormones. My nails are strong though, my hair doesn’t stop growing and my iron levels are high and my blood pressure is on the low side of normal. My mid-wife seems happy.

Don’t get me wrong, sometimes I do give into my cravings. For instance, yesterday I was at an event and they were giving out yummy birthday cake with lots of icing. Usually I would have resisted but I think why not. Big shape up is for once the baby is born so that’s when I say no, no to cake and no to junk food but for now, I will have it occasionally as and when I fancy it.