Weekend Smoothie and Juice Prep!

When diving head first into a high smoothie/fresh juice filled week, it’s important to stock up and be prepared.  Make sure that you have plenty of fresh fruits and veggies like: apples, bananas, melons, pears, dates, grapes, lemons, cucumbers, kale, celery, dulse, tomatoes, carrots, spinach.   If you live in an area with rough winters, it may be hard to find these things fresh and organic.   Using frozen fruit is totally fine!  I buy bags of frozen organic blueberries, strawberries and raspberries at Trader Joe’s (they usually have good prices) or my local grocery store.

Once you have a good amount of fruits, veggies, and frozen fruits, it’s good to pick up a few specialty items if you can.
One of the specialty items that I find to be helpful is hemp oil…

I’ve talked about the importance of healthy fats before and when it comes to smoothies and juices, there is no exception.  It would be impossible to feel full for a long period of time eating heads of lettuce all day long.  Sure, the high water content fills you up, but not for long.
You can add raw nuts, raw nut butters or avocados to smoothies to make sure you are including a healthy fat.  Healthy fats keep you feeling full, which stops you from over eating (it’s pretty hard in the first place to over eat raw veggies) and healthy fats also SPEED UP YOUR METABOLISM!  Yes! I said it!  It’s the TRUTH!  We need good fats.
Sometimes I don’t want something as heavy as a nut butter or avocados and when that’s the case, I like to use Nutiva Organic Hemp Oil which is cold pressed and it is kept in the cold section of your local health market or Whole Foods store.  I picked mine up today at my local health food store called The Great Pumpkin Market.  Trevor at Great Pumpkin was really awesome, knowledgeable and helped me find everything I was looking for – so if you are in the area, don’t be afraid to pop in!  They know their stuff!
Flax seed oil is another one that is good to add to smoothies, but sometimes I find it has a stronger savory flavor to it than what I’m looking for, so I switch back and forth between the two.
Tomorrow is Sunday…don’t forget that eating fresh fruits and veggies is a lifestyle.  It’s not a diet.  You need to take the time to prepare for the week so that you don’t sabotage yourself and your goals.  Stock up tomorrow.  Rinse and chop your veggies and store them in containers so you have a snack to grab when you feel hungry.
Take bananas, apples, raw nuts and unsweetened dried fruit to work with you and keep it in your desk drawer.  
It’s easy to stay on the right track and feeling great, vibrant and healthy if you take the time to prepare.  You are worth the time.
You’re worth it.
xoxo

Lovely comments!

  1. Anonymous says:

    I’ve been following (stalking) your blog since May and have yet to comment. Just wanted to say thanks for being in this space! When I stumbled upon your website through an off topic google search it was my first introduction to the raw lifestyle. My fiance and I have been fans of eating healthy as far as buying organic and shopping farmers markets goes. But this movement is something else altogether. I’ve convinced him to try a few of your recipes (including cheeze) which he was reluctant about at first but we both totally fell for everything we tried. We aren’t quite there…old habits die hard (aka beef + eggs+dr.pepper *cringe*) but you’re convincing us!! Again, thanks for this little space you’ve created here it’s a learning experience and I love how forgiving and understanding you are of your readers possible “hang-ups” about going for it. It’s easier when you (the guru) aren’t condemning and acknowledge the process of living a new way of life as being that – a process!

  2. Thank you! I’m so glad you decided to reach out and comment. This is a process…an ongoing process. If you think back to how we were all raised, how we came to learn to eat foods, chew foods, decide which foods we liked vs which foods we were going to hide from our parents at the dinner table in a glass of milk (note to self, broccoli does not hide well in milk)…we realize that that was all a process over the span of years.

    As thoughtful and intelligent people we can shorten that process now by making a choice and discovering a new lifestyle, but it IS just that, it’s a lifestyle. Lifestyles do not happen over night. I’ve been writing this blog for 4 years and I remember vividly how confusing and difficult I felt this all was in the beginning, but I knew nothing else was working. This was the only thing that made sense to me: to eat food in it’s natural state, from nature, the way God gave it to us. Sure, I’ve fallen off the wagon and into a box of crackers or chips, but I’ve also learned what works for me (I don’t buy those things or keep them in my living space anywhere) and I surround myself with fruits, veggies, and NOW my “cheat foods” are things like dates with raw almond butter stuffed in them, because to me, that tastes SUPER SWEET! (natural peanut butter works too). Point being, we all have our hang ups…but as a wise friend said to me recently, “Even though I may feel it, I don’t have to give into it.” The longer you stay with this lifestyle, the faster your cravings and “old habits” disappear.

    I should also point out that the more you learn about “(aka beef + eggs+dr.pepper *cringe*)” the HARDER it will be for you to eat/drink them…because our minds are powerful. Once they are armed with information, it’s hard to turn them off.

    Have you and your fiance watched the films Food Inc, and Forks Over Knives yet? I HIGHLY recommend Forks Over Knives. Tons of information backed by the largest most comprehensive scientific study and Food Inc is a good one that just shows us where our food is really coming from.

    So glad you are a reader and I hope you keep up the good work you have started already!!! If you slip up, don’t beat yourself up about it, just make a new choice and move forward. You will feel amazing with a high raw high plant based lifestyle and that is all the fuel I’ve needed to keep going.

    Well, that and inspiring comments from readers like you!

    Have a great day!

    Lauren

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