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.