I have, for years, felt like I should be juicing in order to be the healthy person I aspired to be.Â But have you ever juiced?Â I have.Â Itâ€™s a full-on commitment involving a lot of cleaning, and to be honest a lot of waste.Â To get a decent glass of juice you need to use so much fruit or veg and then you throw out all the fibrous part that it discarded by the machine.Â Itâ€™s been quite controversial lately too.Â The amount of sugar in juice is so high relative to the nutrients you get from it, and contains no fibre or roughage, and therefore is maybe not the best thing to have first thing in the morning â€“ setting yourself up for imbalanced blood sugar for the day, which really means craving sugar every few hours until you get it and then spike followed by a crash into a tired stateâ€¦ until the next sugar hit.Â And so it goes on until you can balance that sugar.
Enter the Nutribullet.Â I saw this advertised on TV a number of months ago and as with every infomercial I become instantly suspicious.Â But I thought what it was saying it does made a lot of sense.Â It is essentially a high speed blender which can pulverize nuts and seeds (to give an idea of the power of the machine).Â It also blends directly in the cups that it comes with.Â So, you use the entire piece of fruit or veg, add water and blend.Â You then drink from the cup you just blended in and rinse it out afterwards.Â It has lids for the cups so you could bring it to work if you donâ€™t like quaffing in one go before dashing out the door.
What I really love about the Nutribullet is the fact you are getting all the benefits of the raw fruit/veg from the nutrients to the fibre.Â Iâ€™ve been having one for breakfast for over a month now and I feel great.Â Iâ€™ve lost a bit of weight, but better than that I FEEL light.Â I also donâ€™t feel like I need to grab a biscuit halfway through the morning.Â So, although I have fruit in the drink the sugars are released slowly into my system thanks to having the fibre in it too.
So, is it a juice or a smoothie?Â Or what is it?Â To be honest, I donâ€™t care!Â You can decide for yourself with their recipe book that it comes with which includes a healthy programme to follow.Â Personally I just have one for breakfast and try to behave myself in terms of what I eat using the 80/20 rule of thumb.Â It works great without feeling restricted.
Iâ€™ll post some recipes over the coming weeks and months.Â Watch this space!