I am soooo jealous of all those young chicks who cleanse their bodies with a 3 day/week juice detox or live on lemon, maple and cayenne pepper for days at a time to lose weight and boost energy, but this route is not for me.
After years of snacking on empty carbs throughout the day to keep my energy levels as high as that of my kids and restricted dieting on rice cakes and carrot sticks I was on a blood sugar roller coaster. My first realization on beginning my nutrition diploma was that and my blood sugar levels were shot and I was demonstrating symptoms of pre-diabetes. Yikes!
Remember, chump that I was, I would spike my blood sugar levels each and every morning with the seven cubes of milk sugar you find in a venti latte and a anxiety promoting cortisol rush of caffeine. Fight or flight for breakfast in a mini-van filled with three toddlers anyone?
My normal eating pattern now sees me choosing vegetables over sweet fructose-laden fruits and juices, but yesterday I found myself with an oversized pineapple and four soft mangoes going to mush in my fruit bowl and I knew I had to make myself a sweet and juicy smoothie.
How would I take the edge off the sugar high that juicing these sweet fruits would create in my body?
Firstly I choose to make a smoothie so that all of the fibre present in the fruits would be present in the glass and therefore would slow the absorption of sugar.
Next I added cinnamon, the spice that helps to balance blood sugar levels 1
to support the cells in my body in absorbing the sugar from the fruit. Finally I added cucumber to dilute the sugar hit and kale for more fibre plus (we love kale right) calcium, vitamin C, Chlorophyll and live plant enzymes.
I have been doubling down on self-care this week and wanted to amp up the benefits of this smoothie for my body, so in went turmeric for it’s anti-inflammatory, 2 anti-oxidant, and anti-cancerous properties. Turmeric can help to prevent cancer in the body, helps to relieve arthritic pain and can calm an inflamed digestive tract thus providing healing to Leaky Gut Syndrome. 3 It is a spice that I try to include in my diet, one way or another, three or four times a week.
Turmeric can taste musty and bitter to some palates but I find it to be a warming flavour, which helps to offset the sweetness of the smoothie.
I suggest you add raw ginger root to this beverage if you are looking for a different taste and avoid adding more sugar in the form of maple syrup.
Frothy, sweet, full of fibre and delicious this power-pack of nutrition in a glass gave me the mid-afternoon lift I needed without the sugar crash I often experience after eating sweet fruits or drinking a glass of juice.
- 1 ripe or frozen mango
- 1 cup chopped ripe or frozen pineapple
- 1/2 English cucumber
- 1 cup chopped Kale
- 1 cup filtered water
- 1/2tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2tsp ground turmeric
- 1" fresh ginger root (optional)
- Cut the 'cheeks' off the mango and peel off flesh,
- Add to blender.
- Add chopped pineapple.
- Add chopped Kale.
- Add cinnamon, turmeric and water. Add ginger if using.
- Blend all ingredients until smooth and frothy.
1. Nutr Res. 2012 Jun;32(6):408-12. doi: 10.1016/j.nutres.2012.05.003. Epub 2012 Jun 14.
2. Inflammation. 2011 Aug;34(4):291-301. doi: 10.1007/s10753-010-9278-0.
3. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 2011 Jul;51(6):499-523. doi: 10.1080/10408391003698669.
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