Do days sometimes pass without a piece of fruit or vegetable passing your lips? It happened to me yesterday. Breakfast came and went. Lunch was a sandwich and a packet of crisps. An afternoon snack involved some Malteezers, and dinner falafels in pitta (sadly chickpeas don’t count). And that was my day gone, without a sniff of vitamin C in sight.
If I’d just started my morning routine with a power smoothie, my fruit-free fast would have looked somewhat different. For a start, I’d have got my ‘5-a-day’ in one fell swoop, I’d have felt more energetic and focused (rather than irritable and starving), and I would have been less inclined to turn to sugary snacks.
Oh, and by the way, I don’t mean the bottled smoothies available in sandwich shops across the country. As healthy as they may seem, they are the sugary work of the devil. If you’re going to introduce daily smoothies into your life, they have to be prepared in front of your eyes (by yourself or someone else) and contain only fresh ingredients.
Smoothie, Raw Juice - What’s the Difference?
OK, so you’ve accepted the need for more fruit and veg in your life, but do you choose smoothies or raw juices?
In basic terms, smoothies can be considered meals in themselves, while raw juices are more of a healthy beverage.
That’s because smoothie makers liquidise every part of the fruit or vegetable, including the fibre. This means that smoothies usually also need some kind of additional liquid in order to make the mixture drinkable - this could be a vegetable milk like almond or oat milk, some organic yoghurt, coconut water or just plain mineral water.
As smoothies are similar to meal replacements, for that extra nutritional protein punch, it’s not uncommon to throw in some nuts, seeds or protein powder. Just beware if high calorie nut butters are amongst the ingredients as you’ll lose any hope of shrinking your waistline.
A key point to remember is to drink the smoothie, and nothing else, for that meal. Try to resist the urge to top it up with a bowl of porridge, slice of toast, or whatever way you start your day. You’ll basically be scoffing two breakfasts in one sitting; which is fine if you’re about to run 10km, but not such a good idea if you spend the next 5 hours in front of a computer.
Raw juice on the other hand, is the liquid extracted from fruits and vegetables. It still contains all the key nutrients, vitamins and minerals, but the fibre has been removed. As such, juicing shouldn’t be considered a meal replacement, unless you’re taking part in a juice fast. Juicing however, is a great way to get a decent whack of fruit and vegetables (including those pesky leafy greens), particularly if you’re struggling to include them in your meals the rest of the day.
Adding CBD Oil to Your Juices and Smoothies
For the savvy juicers and smoothie makers amongst us, it’s common practice to add a few extra super-ingredients, also known as nutraceuticals. Popular choices are spirulina, maca root, and matcha green tea powder. It’s no surprise then that CBD, the on-trend nutritional supplement of the moment, is a popular vitality-boosting extra often added to juice and smoothie recipes.
CBD, a non-intoxicating compound found in hemp, is high in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. Considered a nutritional supplement, it’s the perfect way to supercharge your regular smoothie or raw juice.
In reality, CBD oil is more suited to smoothies, particularly if they contain vegetable milk, or nut butters. Mixing CBD oil with raw juices can leave a film of CBD oil floating on top as oil does not mix with water. Not only that, taking CBD alongside fats (nuts, seeds, full fat yoghurt) will aid the compound’s absorption in the body. So smoothies and CBD are a win, win combination.
CBD Smoothie Recipe
Need some inspiration for your first CBD smoothie? Here’s one of our favourites:
Very Berry CBD Smoothie
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
- ½ cup frozen blueberries
- ½ cup frozen raspberries
- 1 small avocado
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- ½ cup almond milk
- 10 drops Good Remedy CBD Oil
- 1-2 hemp seeds