Friday 25 November 2011

Healthy Smoothie Recipes

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Hello all! I hope everyone had a great Thanks Giving, if you celebrate it. I don't, but I still had
a great day :D My letter box has been jammed with materials for new stock in my shop - admittedly
none of it is jewellery, but I'm working on a few pieces! I'm adding some new and slightly
different lines to my shop in the next few days so do keep your eyes open!

I also have to admit that my blog has taken somewhat over my life a little - it might not seem it, but it has, it's always on my mind, I'm always trying to find ways to better it - as you can see, I've not come up with much :P Christmas has also been on my mind, unsurprisingly. I've already got my parents gifts - no easy feat when it comes to my dad, but fortunately Stephen King was gracious enough to bring a book out recently - for Seeg's mum, my nephew, and for my two closest friends, but I still have Seeg's dad and brother, my sister and her boyfriend, little Lucky-loo, and, of course, Seeg. Fortunately, despite how hard he is to shop for, I have some ideas.

I also have other news. I've not put much work into my trilogy now for months. I wrote the first book, finished it, then redrafted it about 5 times, but on my sixth and, unfortunately, last read-through, I just can't be bothered to finish it. Once I finish it I can move onto the second book, but it's taken me so long that the ideas just seem so old and boring to me now. So, I've decided to take a risk. I know that it's quite unlikely that the first book someone would publish by someone would be that of a trilogy. It's too much of a risk for an agent and publisher to take on a new face. And, obviously, without publishing, I can't get my career anywhere. So, the risk I am taking is starting a whole new, single book. The reason this is a risk is because I'm not very good at sticking with things. I can plan, write, finish and polish the book, but I'll have trouble writing another to continue the story, and if I write a single, stand-alone book that's not part of a trilogy or duology, then I probably won't go back to the trilogy I was writing in the first place. So, I have to trust that the story and my ideas are good enough to pull me back into it afterwards. I like my world, I like my plot, I like my characters...I'm just not sure I love any of it anymore. While this new book will still be a fantasy (I have no interest in writing anything else) with magic and dragons and goodness-knows-what-else, it'll be quite different.
   I am confident that I can plan it well, write it even better, and finish it to a publishable standard, but I'm not confident that I can work backwards into the trilogy. Hopefully, the risk will be worth it, however. I love writing, it's one of the most fun things in the world, and I don't want a career in anything else. This is all I want, and all I've wanted since I was 12.

Anyway, on to business: Smoothies.

I love them. They are healthy and delicious - who knew that could be possible? And here I have 5 delicious recipes with health and beauty benefits! Found, admittedly, via Pinterest, but, as I've said, I've had a lot to do lately and little time for the blog :( I also wish I had some pictures to show you of the finished pieces, but my camera has been on the fritz lately, but you all know what smoothies look like!

Flat Tummy Aid! This smoothie helps digestion and prevents bloating. Bloating is never fun, especially when you're trying to lose weight. It can discourage you, and also generally make exercising less fun. This is definitely something to try! Just blend the following:
 •3/4 cup papaya
•3/4 cup. sliced peaches
•1/2 pear, sliced
•1 tsp fresh ginger
•2 mint leaves

Skin Nutrition! I don't personally buy into all these anti-wrinkle creams - though I'm sure I will when I find my first one - but the antioxident properties in berries can in fact help to fight signs of aging in skins. Blend these delicious fruits and other things:
•3/4 cup blueberries
•3/4 cup pitted cherries
•5 strawberries
•1/4 avocado, peeled and pitted
•2 tsp wheat germ (optional)
•2 tsp ground flaxseed

Immune System Aid! This smoothie can...well...aid your immune system. The flu season tends to follow the colder months, and while green tea can help, and lemon and honey voodoo recipes, it's not always a good idea to stick with warm things. Recent studies suggest that going outside while you're ill can help the illness pass sooner. But this smoothie can help you too:
•1/2 cup mango cubes
•1/2 cup cantaloupe cubes
•1/2 cup fresh pineapple cubes
•1/4 cup chopped pumpkin seeds

Keep Young! The recipe here can help your liver to detox naturally, which keeps you feeling healthy and young! Plus, it really does taste gorgeous! My favourite so far!
•1/3 cup of blueberries
•1/3 cup of raspberries
•1/3 cup of pomegranate kernels
•1/4 cup of beet juice (optional - I don't use it, mostly because I don't know what it is :D)
•1 banana

Happy Bones! This final smoothie, which I have yet to try, helps your bones stay strong. Rich in calcium, magnesium and other bone-building minerals, if you don't like ordinary milk, like me, then this might be something to take notice of.
•2 bananas
•1 handful of Swiss chard leaves, stems removed
•1 handful of kale leaves
•1 tsp of green Matcha powder
•1/2 cup of homemade almond milk

Do try these, tell me what you think of them, and, most of all, enjoy!

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