My husband said he’s feeling run down. He also informed me that it has now been clinically proven that men suffer more with common colds and flue due to the lower levels of oestrogen in their system….I can sense the rolling of eyeballs already.
To be fair, I’m also feeling in need of a vitamin boost. We are still finding our way with this new diet, so time to re address the balance.
I’ve been using the ‘my fitness pal’ app to track my food and the nutrient intake. This is a great feature which I’m guessing is massively under used. Don’t focus so much on the calories, but more on the level of vitamins going in. I’ve noticed that I’m seriously lacking in some areas, I’ve also noticed that my proportions of food are a bit off. To readdress the balance I’m allowing myself to be smooth talked by my smoothie maker.
Blending whole fruit & veg makes makes the nutrients more accessible as they are easily digested, and as your making them yourself you can be sure that their will be no artificial colours, sweetners or preservatives
Using this simple traffic light index, here is what each colour will tackle:
Red/ purple: These are usually packed with plant compounds rich in potassium & folate, making them heart friendly, improving blood pressure and enhancing the circulatory system.
Orange; Brimming with beta carotene & vitamin C, which fights free radicals and maintains healthy skin, reduces inflammation, and prevents allergies. A great boost for your immune system.
Green: A great source of minerals such as calcium, magnesium and phosphorous, making them a bone building gem. They also aid detoxification, the green foods get their hue from chlorophyll, a natural blood purifier that increases red blood cell count and helps the liver and kidneys eliminate toxins.
- RED: Happy Heart
- 2 small beetroots
- 1 small apple
- 50g blueberries
- 1tblsp grated ginger
- 300ml water
- ORANGE: Vit blast
- 1 orange
- 1 large carrot
- 2 celery sticks
- 50g mango
- 200ml water
- GREEN: Bones
- ½ avocado
- large handful of spinach or kale
- 50g pineapple chunks
- 10cm cucumber
- 300ml coconut water
- Clean, peel, remove rind & pips
- Drink within 2 hours