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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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                How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                Boundaries are limits

                —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                • When do you feel disrespected?
                • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                • When do you want to be alone?
                • How much space do you need?

                You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                Sample language:

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                • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                Final Thoughts

                Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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