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Last Updated on January 3, 2018

20 Juice and Smoothie Recipes for Energy and Vitality

20 Juice and Smoothie Recipes for Energy and Vitality

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    Most of us wander into our kitchens rather groggily first thing in the morning, and reach for a cup of coffee or tea for a caffeine kick. Instead of starting your day with a caffeinated jolt, consider sipping something a little more nourishing and rejuvenating.

    These juice and smoothie recipes are as good for you as they are delicious, and can be enjoyed as either a wake-up tonic or an afternoon refresher. Live nutrients and enzymes in juices and smoothies feed every cell in your body, while liquids from the fruits you’re using keep you hydrated, and that’s a far better method of staying awake and energetic than knocking back all those dehydrating coffees.

    What you’ll need: a juicer, a blender or food processor, fresh fruits and vegetables, milks, herbs, and spices as the recipes require.

    1. Morning Sunshine Smoothie

    Packed with vitamin C, this sweet and tangy citrus smoothie will inspire smiles on even the rainiest morning.

    2-3 freshly-juiced tangerines

    1 ruby red grapefruit (juiced)

    A handful of frozen strawberries

    Peel and juice the tangerines with the grapefruit, and puree the blended juice with the frozen strawberries.

    2. Mango Blueberry Bliss Smoothie

    1 mango, peeled and cubed

    1 pint of blueberries

    1 banana (frozen or fresh)

    1 teaspoon of maple syrup.

    1 cup non-dairy milk of choice (almond, soy, or coconut are recommended)

    Puree all ingredients together in a blender, and enjoy. A handful of chopped ice can be added if desired.

    3. Minted Fruit Cocktail Juice

    1 apple, peeled, cored, and sliced

    1 orange, peeled and divided

    1/2 cup pineapple

    2 cups watermelon, cubed and seeded

    1 teaspoon lemon juice

    A small sprig of fresh mint

    Juice the apple and orange first, followed by the pineapple. Transfer juice to a blender, and add the watermelon, lemon juice, and mint. Puree until smooth.

    raspberry smoothie

      4. Berry Boost Smoothie

      1/2 cup blueberries

      1/2 cup blackberries

      1/2 cup cherries

      1 banana

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      1 cup almond milk

      1 tablespoon flax oil

      1 teaspoon honey

      dash of cinnamon

      Blend all of the ingredients together until smooth and creamy.

      5. Green Goddess Juice

      1/2 a cucumber, peeled and sliced

      1 stalk of celery

      1 handful of kale

      1 apple, peeled and sliced

      1 pear, peeled and sliced

      1 teaspoon lemon juice

      Juice all of the ingredients in order, ending with the lemon juice. If you find that the juice is too thick, pour a bit of water into your juicer to get the last bits of goodness out, and dilute the end product.

      Beet spinach and root juice

        6. The Iron Maiden Juice

        This juice is ideal for women who might feel weak or depleted after menstruating or giving birth.

        2 large beets, peeled and sliced

        2 carrots, trimmed

        1 small apple, peeled, cored, and sliced

        a handful of spinach

        1/4 cup of water

        Juice all of the ingredients in order, ending with a bit of water. This is an iron-rich, replenishing tonic that’s also a liver cleanser.

        7. Strawberry Fields Forever Smoothie

        1 cup strawberries

        1/2 a frozen banana, sliced

        1 cup coconut milk

        1 teaspoon honey or agave syrup

        Puree all of the ingredients in your blender, and adjust sweetener to taste (if desired).

        8. Peachy Keen Smoothie

        1 large peach, pitted, peeled, and sliced

        1/2 cup red strawberries or raspberries

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        1/2 cup peach or berry low-fat yoghurt

        1/4 cup milk (dairy or non)

        Puree all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Serve cold, and enjoy.

        9. Vitamin C Booster Shot Juice

        1 cup blackberries

        1 cup currants (any colour)

        1 orange, peeled and divided

        1 tangerine, peeled and divided

        1 kiwi, peeled and sliced

        1/2 teaspoon lime juice

        Juice all of the ingredients, and serve immediately.

        Green juice

          10. Easy Being Green Juice

          2 green apples, peeled, cored and sliced

          1 cup honeydew melon, peeled and chopped

          1 cup seedless green grapes

          1 handful spinach or kale

          1 kiwi, peeled and sliced

          1/2 a cucumber, peeled and sliced

          Put all of these ingredients through your juicer in order, and drink immediately. It’s best if the fruit has been in the fridge for a while so the drink is nice and cold.

          11. Berry Gorgeous Juice

          1 cup blackberries

          1/2 cup raspberries

          1/2 cup strawberries

          1 pear, peeled and sliced

          2 small red apples, peeled and sliced

          Juice all of the ingredients, and enjoy this luscious, fruity drink while it’s cold.

          12. Melon Melody Smoothie

          1 cup watermelon cubes

          1 cup cantaloupe cubes

          1/2 cup honeydew melon cubes

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          1 cup frozen strawberries

          Puree all ingredients until creamy and smooth. This is an amazingly re-hydrating elixir.

          Garden veggie juice tomato

            13. Garden Refresher Juice

            1 carrot, trimmed

            2 celery stalks

            1 red bell pepper, cored and seeded

            2 tomatoes

            1 handful of watercress, with hardest stems removed

            1 cucumber, peeled and sliced

            Juice all of these ingredients in order, and drink immediately. It’s great as a post-workout rehydrating elixir, or as a mid-afternoon pick-me-up. Add salt and/or a dash of hot sauce if you like.

            14. Paradise Smoothie

            4 or 5 slices of pineapple

            1/4 cup water

            2 oranges or tangerines, peeled and sectioned

            1 large handful berries (your choice)

            1 banana, peeled

            a handful of ice

            Juice the pineapple and oranges, adding a bit of water to get all the last yummy bits out, and transfer this juice to the blender. Add the rest of the ingredients, starting on low first to crush the ice, and then cranking up to high until it’s all smooth.

            15. Cold Remedy Juice

            2 celery stalks

            3 carrots

            1 clove of raw garlic

            1 inch ginger root, peeled and sliced

            1 large handful of spinach

            1 lemon, peeled and sectioned

            cayenne pepper or Sriracha sauce

            This is a perfect immune-boosting juice to help fight off colds and flus.

            Juice all of the ingredients in order, and then transfer juice to a small saucepan. Warm it slowly, but do not let it boil. Add hot sauce or cayenne to taste, and transfer to a mug. Drink it slowly, but finish it while it’s hot.

            16. Mango Lassi

            1 mango, peeled and sliced

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            1 cup milk of your choice

            1/2 cup plain or peach low-fat yoghurt

            1 tsp honey or agave syrup

            a few shakes each of cinnamon and cardamom

            Add all ingredients to your blender and puree for a minute or so until absolutely smooth.

            Mango drink

              17. Green Tara Juice

              5 celery stalks

              1 large handful of kale

              1 small handful of spinach

              8-12 stalks flat-leaf parsley

              1 lemon, peeled and sectioned

              1 cucumber, peeled and sliced

              Juice all of the ingredients in order, and serve chilled for ultimate goddess-like rejuvenation.

              18. Pomegranate Tart Smoothie

              seeds of 2 pomegranates, or 1 cup bottled Pom juice

              1 banana, peeled

              1/2 cup blueberries

              1/2 cup raspberries

              honey or agave syrup (optional)

              If you’re using pomegranate seeds, juice those first. Add pom juice to a blender, add the rest of the ingredients, and blend until smooth. Add sweetener if it’s too tart, and either more juice or a bit of water if it’s too thick.

              19. Remember Your Roots Juice

              2 large beets, peeled and sliced

              3 carrots, trimmed

              1 parsnip, trimmed

              1/2 inch ginger root, peeled and sliced

              2 tablespoons water

              Juice the ingredients in order, finishing with the water to extract anything left behind. Pour into a glass and serve immediately. You can add a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg if desired.

              20. Creamsicle Smoothie

              2 clementine oranges or honey tangerines

              1 peach, pitted and sliced

              1/2 cup vanilla soy or almond milk

              Juice the oranges first, and add that to a blender with the peach, and vanilla milk. Blend until smooth.

              Orange cream smoothie drink

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                Published on November 14, 2018

                Why You Suffer from Constant Fatigue and How to Deal with It

                Why You Suffer from Constant Fatigue and How to Deal with It

                With our busy, always on lives, it seems that more and more of us are facing constant tiredness and fatigue on a regular basis.

                For many people, they just take this in their stride as part of modern life, but for others the impact can be crippling and can have a serious effect on their sense of wellbeing, health and productivity.

                In this article, I’ll share some of the most common causes of constant tiredness and fatigue and give you some guidance and action steps you can take to overcome some of the symptoms of fatigue.

                Why Am I Feeling Fatigued?

                Fatigue is extreme tiredness resulting from mental or physical exertion or illness.  It is a reduction in the efficiency of a muscle or organ after prolonged activity.[1]

                It can affect anyone, and most adults will experience fatigue at some point in their life. 

                For many people, fatigue is caused by a combination of lifestyle, social, psychological and general wellbeing issues rather than an underlying medical condition.

                Although fatigue is sometimes described as tiredness, it is different to just feeling tired or sleepy. Everyone feels tired at some point, but this is usually resolved with a nap or a few nights of good sleep. Someone who is sleepy may also feel temporarily refreshed after exercising. If you are getting enough sleep, good nutrition and exercising regularly but still find it hard to perform, concentrate or be motivated at your normal levels, you may be experiencing a level of fatigue that needs further investigation. 

                Symptoms of Fatigue

                Fatigue can cause a vast range of physical, mental and emotional symptoms including:

                • chronic tiredness, exhaustion or sleepiness
                • mental blocks
                • lack of motivation
                • headache
                • dizziness
                • muscle weakness
                • slowed reflexes and responses
                • impaired decision-making and judgement
                • moodiness, such as irritability
                • impaired hand-to-eye coordination
                • reduced immune system function
                • blurry vision
                • short-term memory problems
                • poor concentration
                • reduced ability to pay attention to the situation at hand

                Causes of Fatigue

                The wide range of causes that can trigger fatigue include:

                • Medical causes: Constant exhaustion, tiredness and fatigue may be a sign of an underlying illness, such as a thyroid disorder, heart disease, anemia or diabetes.
                • Lifestyle-related causes: Being overweight and a lack of regular exercise can lead to feelings of fatigue.  Lack of sleep and overcommitting can also create feelings of excessive tiredness and fatigue.
                • Workplace-related causes: Workplace and financial stress in a variety of forms can lead to feelings of fatigue.
                • Emotional concerns and stress: Fatigue is a common symptom of mental health problems, such as depression and grief, and may be accompanied by other signs and symptoms, including irritability and lack of motivation.

                Fatigue can also be caused by a number of factors working in combination.

                Medical Causes of Fatigue

                If you have made lifestyle changes to increase your energy and still feel exhausted and fatigued, it may be time to seek guidance from your doctor.

                Here are a few examples of illnesses that can cause ongoing fatigue. Seek medical advice if you suspect you have a health problem:

                Anemia

                Anemia is a condition in which you don’t have enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to the body’s tissues. It is a common cause of fatigue in women.

                Having anemia may make you feel tired and weak.

                There are many forms of anemia, each with its own cause. Anemia can be temporary or long term, and it can range from mild to severe.[2]

                Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

                Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a condition that can cause persistent, unexplained fatigue that interferes with daily activities for more than six months.

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                This is a chronic condition with no one-size-fits-all treatment, but lifestyle changes can often help ease some symptoms of fatigue.[3]

                Diabetes

                Diabetes can cause fatigue with either high or low blood sugars. When your sugars are high, they remain in the bloodstream instead of being used for energy, which makes you feel fatigued. Low blood sugar (glucose) means you may not have enough fuel for energy, also causing fatigue.[4]

                Sleep Apnea

                Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder where sufferers briefly stop breathing for short periods during sleep. Most people are not aware this is happening, but it can cause loud snoring, and daytime fatigue.

                Being overweight, smoking, and drinking alcohol can all worsen the symptoms of sleep apnea.[5]

                Thyroid disease

                An underactive thyroid gland means you have too little thyroid hormone (thyroxine) in your body. This makes you feel tired and you could also put on weight and have aching muscles and dry skin.[6]

                Common lifestyle factors that can cause fatigue include:

                • Lack of sleep
                • Too much sleep 
                • Alcohol and drugs 
                • Sleep disturbances 
                • Lack of regular exercise and sedentary behaviour 
                • Poor diet 

                Common workplace issues that can cause fatigue include:

                • Shift work: Our body is designed to sleep during the night. A shift worker may confuse their circadian clock by working when their body is programmed to be asleep.
                • Poor workplace practices: This may include long work hours, hard physical labour, irregular working hours (such as rotating shifts), a stressful work environment, boredom or working alone. 
                • Workplace stress – This can be caused by a wide range of factors including job dissatisfaction, heavy workload, conflicts with bosses or colleagues, bullying, or threats to job security.
                • Burnout: This could be striving too hard on one area of your life while neglecting others, which leads to a life that feels out of balance.

                Psychological Causes of Fatigue

                Psychological factors are present in many cases of extreme tiredness and fatigue.  These may include:

                • Depression: Depression is characterised by severe and prolonged feelings of sadness, dejection and hopelessness. People who are depressed commonly experience chronic fatigue.
                • Anxiety and stress: Someone who is constantly anxious or stressed keeps their body in overdrive. The constant flooding of adrenaline exhausts the body, and fatigue sets in.
                • Grief: Losing a loved one causes a wide range of emotions including shock, guilt, depression, despair and loneliness.

                How to Tackle Constant Fatigue

                Here are 12 ways you can start tackling the causes of fatigue and start feeling more energetic.

                1. Tell The Truth

                Some people can numb themselves to the fact that they are overtired or fatigued all the time. In the long run, this won’t help you.

                To give you the best chance to overcome or eliminate fatigue, you must diagnose and tell the truth about the things that are draining your energy, making you tired or causing constant fatigue.

                Once you’re honest with yourself about the activities you’re doing in your life that you find irritating, energy-draining, and make you tired on a regular basis you can make a commitment to stop doing them.

                The help that you need to overcome fatigue is available to you, but not until you tell the truth about it. The first person you have to sell on getting rid of the causes of fatigue is yourself.

                One starting point is to diagnose the symptoms. When you start feeling stressed, overtired or just not operating at your normal energy levels make a note of:

                • How you feel
                • What time of day it is
                • What may have contributed to your fatigue
                • How your mind and body reacts

                This analysis may help you identify, understand and then eliminate very specific causes.

                2. Reduce Your Commitments

                When we have too many things on our plate personally and professionally, we can feel overstretched, causing physical and mental fatigue.

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                If you have committed to things you really don’t want to do, this causes irritability and low emotional engagement. Stack these up throughout your day and week, then your stress levels will rise.

                When these commitments have deadlines associated with them, you may be trying to cram in far too much in a short period of time.  This creates more stress and can affect your decision making ability.

                Start being realistic about how much you can get done. Either reduce the commitments you have or give yourself more time to complete them in.

                3. Get Clear On Your Priorities

                If working on your list of to-do’s or goals becomes too overwhelming, start reducing and prioritizing the things that matter most.

                Start with prioritizing just 3 things every day. When you complete those 3 things, you’ll get a rush of energy and your confidence will grow.

                If you’re trying to juggle too many things and are multi-tasking, your energy levels will drop and you’ll struggle to maintain focus.

                Unfinished projects can make you self-critical and feel guilty which drops energy levels further, creating inaction.

                Make a list of your 3 MIT (Most Important Tasks) for the next day before you go to bed. This will stop you overcommitting and get you excited about what the next day can bring.

                4. Express More Gratitude

                Gratitude and confidence are heavily linked. Just being thankful for what you have and what you’ve achieved increases confidence and makes you feel more optimistic.

                It can help you improve your sense of wellbeing, which can bring on feelings of joy and enthusiasm.

                Try starting a gratitude journal or just note down 3 things you’re grateful for every day.

                5. Focus On Yourself

                Exhaustion and fatigue can arrive by focusing solely on other people’s needs all the time, rather than worrying about and focusing on what you need (and want).

                There are work commitments, family commitments, social commitments. You may start with the best intentions, to put in your best performance at work, to be an amazing parent and friend, to simply help others.

                But sometimes, we extend ourselves too much and go beyond our personal limits to help others. That’s when constant exhaustion can creep up on us.  Which can make us more fatigued.

                We all want to help and do our best for others, but there needs to be some balance. We also need to take some time out just for ourselves to recharge and rejuvenate.

                6. Set Aside Rest and Recovery Time

                Whether it’s a couple of hours, a day off, a mini-break or a proper holiday, time off is essential to help us recover, recharge and refocus.

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                Recovery time helps fend off mental fatigue and allows us to simply kick back and relax.

                The key here, though, is to remove ourselves from the daily challenges that bring on tiredness and fatigue. Here’s how.

                Can you free yourself up completely from work and personal obligations to just rest and recover?

                7. Take a Power Nap

                When you’re feeling tired or fatigued and you have the ability to take a quick 20-minute nap, it could make a big difference to your performance for the rest of the day.

                Napping can improve learning, memory and boost your energy levels quickly.

                This article on the benefit of napping is a useful place to start if you want to learn more: How a 20-Minute Nap at Work Makes You Awake and Productive the Whole Day

                8. Take More Exercise

                The simple act of introducing some form of physical activity into your day can make a huge difference. It can boost energy levels, make you feel much better about yourself and can help you avoid fatigue.

                Find something that fits into your life, be that walking, going to the gym, running or swimming. 

                The key is to ensure the exercise is regular and that you are emotionally engaged and committed to stick with it.

                You could also walk more which will help clear your head and shift your focus away from stressful thoughts.

                9. Get More Quality Sleep

                To avoid tiredness, exhaustion and fatigue, getting enough quality sleep matters. 

                Your body needs sleep to recharge.  Getting the right amount of sleep every night can improve your health, reduce stress levels and help us improve our memory and learning skills.

                My previous article on The Benefits of Sleep You Need to Know will give you some action steps to start improving your sleep. 

                10. Improve Your Diet

                Heavy or fatty meals can make you feel sluggish and tired, whilst some foods or eating strategies do just the opposite.

                Our always on lives have us reaching for sweets or other sugary snacks to give us a burst of energy to keep going. Unfortunately, that boost fades quickly which can leave you feeling depleted and wanting more.

                On the other hand, whole grains and healthy unsaturated fats supply the reserves you can draw on throughout the day.

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                To keep energy up and steady, it’s a good idea to limit refined sugar and starches.

                Eating small meals and healthy snacks every few hours throughout the day provides a steady supply of nutrients to body and brain. It’s also important not to skip breakfast.

                Eating a balanced diet helps keep your blood sugar in a normal range and prevents that sluggish feeling when your blood sugar drops.

                11. Manage Your Stress Levels

                Stress is one of the leading causes of exhaustion and fatigue, and can seriously affect your health.

                When you have increased levels of stress at work and at home, it’s easy to feel exhausted all the time. 

                Identifying the causes of stress and then tackling the problems should be a priority. 

                My article on How to Help Anxiety When Life is Stressing You Out shares 16 strategies you can use to overcome stress.

                12. Get Hydrated

                Sometimes we can be so busy that we forget to keep ourselves fully hydrated.

                Water makes up about 60 percent of your body weight and is essential in maintaining our body’s basic functions.

                If we don’t have enough water, it can adversely affect our mental and physical performance, which leads to tiredness and fatigue.

                The recommended daily amount is around two litres a day, so to stay well hydrated keep a water bottle with you as much as possible.

                The Bottom Line

                These 12 tips can help you reduce your tiredness and feeling of fatigue.  Some will work better than others as we are all different, whilst others can be incorporated together in your daily life.

                If you’ve tried to make positive changes to reduce fatigue and you still feel tired and exhausted, it may be time to consider making an appointment with your doctor to discuss your condition.

                Featured photo credit: Annie Spratt via unsplash.com

                Reference

                [1]Oxford English Dictionary: Definition of fatigue
                [2]NHS Choices: 10 Reasons for feeling tired
                [3]Verywellhealth: What is chronic fatigue syndrome
                [4]Everyday Health: Why does type 2 diabetes make you feel tired
                [5]Mayo Clinic: Sleep apnea
                [6]Harvard Health: The lowdown on thyroid slowdown

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