You know its January when everyone starts blogging about juicing, fasting, detoxing and exercising.
Of course, we all know that we should be good all year round but what the hell, as long as we give it a go from time to time that's OK right? Life, after all, is about balance, harmony and equilibrium. Everything in moderation - isn't that what they say? A quick one week re-boot in January should do the trick! Re-balance the body. Get you back on track for 2017.
Well quite frankly, I'm a bit of an all or nothing kinda gal. So I'm either on it, or off it!! There's very little middle ground. The first week of January I'm on it, like a bloody car bonnet!
So I've dusted off the juicer, pulled out the nutribullet, rummaged under the cupboard for the steamer and I've grabbed the hand held blender that was destined for the charity shop. I've invested in yet more tupperware in Wilkinsons. I love an excuse to go into that shop! Don't know why - its like my guilty pleasure. Actually, who am I kidding, I do know exactly why. Their PICK AND MIX!!!! Best ever.
So it can only mean one thing...... imminent (attempt at a) detox in-coming!
So tonight, instead of my usual glass of Malbec, I'm concocting something that looks like its from the bottom of a bog. I'm reliably informed that it will do me the world of good. Let me be the judge of that. All those lovely "live nutrients" will apparently feed my parched cells and replenish my body, mind and soul!
Will it relax me though and transport me to the heady pulsating streets of Buenos Aires? I think not! Its more likely to have me headed straight to the loo.
I'm going for something GREEN! Its essentially a meal in glass so I don't have to bother with the accompanying rump Argentinian steak and triple cooked chips tonight either. Sounds like hell to me. Can I change my mind please?
Anyway, this is packed full of vitamins, minerals, nutrients and flavour. As green smoothies go, its a good start, as there's just enough sweetness from the pineapple to make it palatable. There's also not a hint of kale in sight! Bloody kale - I know its good for me but darn it, can't they just make it taste nicer?
Here's what you're going to need to create this incredible hulk styled bad boy, turbo charged green smoothie. Now here me ROAR!
2 sticks celery
1/2 small cucumber
3 royal gala apples
1 inch fresh ginger
2 cups spinach
1/2 small pineapple
1 ripe avocado
Small handful of ice
Juice all the ingredients apart from the avocado and ice. Pour the juice into a blender along with the ice and avocado and give it a good old whiz.
Et voila! Your kitchen is a right old tip! You're going to be cleaning the juicer for half an hour. You've literally used about £15 worth of ingredients to concoct something that's seriously good for you (and pretty tasty as it goes) but is bound to have you hankering for that steak and a glass of red in a few hours time!
My top tip - stick a vodka in it! Well, it's Friday after all!
For more detox juices and healthy eating recipes, check back here to see if I've got any. I'll probably be back on the grown up cocktails again by next Friday!