Although it’s winter, smoothies are still a frequent inclusion in my weekly meal rotations. There is almost no easier way of getting fruit and veggies, plus fibre into a make-ahead and portable breakfast. While kale, spinach, bananas and other fruits are packed with nutrients I still like to add in a few things in to pack as much nutritional value into my smoothies as I possibly can.
Juicing is all the rage right now – from juices made at home (which aren’t always cold-pressed) to those available online. Most of which are being sold as so-called juice cleanses, the act of giving up all food but juice for perceived health benefits.
The idea is to give your body a break from all the junk you normally put in it and, for three days up to a week, consume nothing but nutrient-packed fruit and vegetable juices. When done correctly, these cleanses may help, for a short time, to rid the body of excess sugar and stem the flow of artificial foods and food ingredients, which get stored in our bodies and can make us feel listless, tender, bloated, and generally like a lesser version of ourselves.
The point of any detox program is to improve the body's natural ability to detoxify itself, and juice cleanses can be a way to rapidly restart your system. But there are many myths swirling around about juice cleanses – that they'll make you drop 5 kilos in as many days, or they'll magically cure long-term illness. Here's the truth.
Something I've been studying recently are various approaches to nutrition - of which, there are hundreds (if not thousands!). One of the more popular approaches is 'Veganism'. A Vegan diets exclude all foods of animal origin – i.e. dairy, meat, eggs and sometimes honey.
Many people extol the benefits of veganism for the health of their bodies and the environment. However, just because something is vegan doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Foods such as processed wheat goods, white flour and potato fries with ketchup will not promote peak health...