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Green Smoothies FAQs Part II

Question:

I had tried 2 types of smoothies on my own using your formula. It was delicious but the texture is not as good as what we drank during the workshop – is this due to the blender quality.

Answer:
“Yes you are right on that – the Blender makes a whole world of difference. If you are serious about transitioning onto blended smoothies and foods for the long term, it is definitely more economical and efficient to invest in a quality one.”

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Question:
What can I do with the vegetable stalks, which we do not use in blending?

Answer:
“The best way to use them is to use them in dehydrated recipes like cakes, breads, pies or crackers. We can process these stalks in the food processor in recipes, and they form the base/texture to make raw gourmet snacks ‘chewy’. If you don’t have time or don’t own a dehydrator yet, you can use the stalks to make juice for facial masks, ferment them with fruit peels to make enzymes, compost for your garden, or simply feed them to pet turtles or rabbits! “

Click on the link to see more questions answered on Green Smoothies: Green Smoothies FAQs Part I

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Green Smoothies FAQs Part I

1) How can I make Avocados Smoothies tasty, they usually taste bland; can I blend the pit?

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These questions are increasing because more people are becoming aware of the goodness in Avocados. I was jokingly telling my friend that the price of Avocados may increase pretty soon, at the rate which we are training Singaporeans to incorporate living foods into their diet

The thing when using Avocados is to know that these are not sweet, therefore we cannot rely on them to give a sweet taste to our end-smoothie. If we wish to use them to make good smoothies, we can put in more sweet fruits like red Melons, Grapes & Chinese Shui Jing Pears.

If you have a powerful blender like ours, you can also blend the pit in for extra nutritional boost. Just be aware that the smoothie will taste slightly bitter. We don’t encourage you to blend the pit with a commercial blender, unless you are planning to break the blades. Which may be a blessing because then you’ll have an excuse to finally invest in a good blender!

2) Will blending smoothies destroy the enzymes in fruits & greens?

Any form of processing takes away nutrition from fresh living foods; the best way is of course to consume organic crops freshly harvested from the soil. However, in our busy conventional lives today, we don’t have time to sit down and chew greens whole day, so we use the blender to ‘pre-digest’ the foods.

And yes of course the heat from blades will remove some nutrients but the resulting smoothie will still be much more nutrient dense than a standard cooked store bought meal.

Click on the link to get to Green Smoothies FAQs Part II.

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Easy 4 Weeks Plan to Weight Loss and Detox

Using Raw Foods/ Living Foods to release excess weight is one of the easiest, and safest ways as compared to the conventional slimming pills, appetite suppressants or cosmetic measures. When a person goes on Raw Foods, you are eating natural clean foods which are meant for humans from Nature. It is a slow form of detox by itself, and allows the body to get rid of unwanted toxins as well as fat.

Another reason for fat loss on raw foods is the elimination of junk, processed and/or nutritionally deficient foods. When a person increases consumption of natural fresh produces, the capacity for junk processed foods decreases automatically. This cuts down the amount of toxins generated by digesting junk foods.

Week 1:
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Replace your daily breakfast with a pure fruit meal.

Breakfast is usually the easiest meal of the day to control. Before you start the day in a mad rush, have a large meal of fresh fruits. It can consist of anything – bananas, apples, cantaloupes, etc. The key here is to ensure that you eat enough to last you to lunch! If you feel hungry before lunch-time arrives, then you did not eat enough fruit in the morning. If this is the case, make sure you increase your breakfast meal the following day.

If you had been eating conventional breakfasts of scrambled eggs/toast, cooked carbohydrates like rice noodles or bread, you will notice a fresh clean feeling for the first time ever when you switch to a clean fruit meal.

Week 2:

Bring fruits with you to your work-place or wherever you are going to have your lunch at, and eat as much fruit as you like before having lunch!

The key here is to add a pre-lunch snack of fresh fruits. When you fill up on fresh fruit, the capacity you have for the cooked meal later will be largely diminished. The fiber and water content from fruits will make you feel full, and vitamins and nutrients from fresh fruits will give you a feeling of satiation faster. This means that you are unlikely to overeat an unhealthy lunch.

Week 3:

Keep up what you have been doing for the past 2 weeks – having a pure fruit meal for breakfast, eating your fill on fruits before lunch. And now, do the same for dinner as well, but with a variation. Instead of filling up on fresh fruits before eating dinner, you can choose to fill up on a any raw plain salads, depending on which is available.

This means that before eating your dinner, you should eat a huge raw salad consisting of any fresh uncooked greens, vegetables (lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers etc) without any dressing. Eat as much as you want before starting onto your dinner. If a salad is not available, you may stick to having your fruits before dinner, just like you do for lunch.

When you fill up on fresh uncooked vegetables before dinner, again, you are filling up on the good stuff, and reducing stomach space for the not-so-good foods. And not to mention, the nutritional boost you get from all these raw foods will prevent unhealthy cravings for junk foods.

Week 4:

By now, you should have noticed a significant improvement in how you look or feel. Most people will have experienced at least some fat loss, and a significant improvement in skin tone. For this week, you can carry on doing what you have been doing for the past 3 weeks, or if you want to take it further, you may incorporate 1 more final step.

Change your lunch meal to a large salad meal. This means you still eat your large fruit meal before lunch, but instead of ordering your normal rice, sandwich, noodles etc for lunch, you eat a large salad lunch. This salad should consist of a variety of greens and vegetables (as many colors as possible). It would be ideal to be able to pack your own salad, because most salads sold outside are meager in serving size, and lack variety. Of course, if packing is not an option, then buy at least 2 boxes for a decent lunch from a supermarket or salad bar. Just make sure you skip the fatty dressings sold at salad bars.

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