The last couple weeks, I have been having mostly juice & smoothies. The first five days were fruit & vegetables only, along with juice/smoothies. The next 4 or 5 days, I tried to just do juice & smoothies. This final 5 I'm back to mostly fruit & vegetables.
I wasn't really trying to detox this time. Rather, I want to reset my eating habits & make vegetables & fruit the major part of my calories. I feel so much better eating this way.
There is nothing wrong with nuts, seeds, grains, & beans -- of course they are really good for you -- I just start to feel heavy when they make up the bulk of my meals & snacks (which I think is easy to do).
I feel lighter, healthier (digestive), & more energetic when my eating is centered around fruit & vegetables.
Since I got my juicer, juicing has become a huge part of my diet. I really like having a smoothie or juice - sometimes both - everyday.
Recently I've realized I like starting my day with fruit, whether it is whole & fresh, blended in a smoothie, or juiced. Spring is the perfect time to make this change; so much is becoming available as harvests are just getting going.
I know it can be hard to stay excited about eating plain ole fruit in the morning, but I've found a couple things that work for me.
Experiment with juice & smoothie flavors. Try unusual additions.
Mint is especially enjoyable with blackberries (or strawberries!) & kiwi.
First I like blending the leaves from a few sprigs of mint with just enough coconut water to cover them. Once this is smooth, I add the kiwi, a handful of berries, & the rest of the coconut water & blend again. The mint is really refreshing in the morning!
Some of my other favorite combinations of juices & smoothies:
Bell pepper is actually really nice in juice too!
Try new, unfamiliar, or unusual fruits.
We had sapotes from California awhile back, & they are one of my new favorite fruits. They are creamy & delicious, reminiscent of a cross between a date & a banana. I am sad I haven't seen them again. Sometimes just apples & dates do fine (think caramel apples), but some of my current favorite special fruits include kiwis, mangoes, & bananas.
Also, buy fresh, ripe fruit. It tastes better. Often, the more local it is the more delicious it will be. You could have a basketful of unique & fun fruit, but if they are not ripe or very fresh, they won't be enjoyable & you won't look forward to eating them.
What are some favorite fruits you are enjoying right now?
I will probably still be sharing some of my very favorite combinations here -- mostly because I love taking photos of fresh fruits & vegetables -- but to avoid over-flooding the blog with juice & smoothie recipes too often, I think Facebook is ideal for sharing some of these. If you want to follow along, as well as join in & share your own favorites, Like ColourMeHappy on FB. I'm not on FB very often, but I think it's great for starting conversations & sharing ideas, don't you think?