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Welcome to the Lylia Rose UK money and lifestyle blog.  My name is Victoria Sully.  I'm a busy mum of two, wife, full-time blogger and online money-maker who’s always trying to make and save more money.  I’m passionate about making money online, healthy living and blogging.  I’m a mama on a mission to be healthier and wealthier!  Please join me on my journey.


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  1. Save money on contact lenses with a Waldo subscription

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    Poor eyesight can be a costly nuisance.  Not only do you have to deal with not being able to see things as you should, but there’s the cost of eye appointments, prescription glasses and contact lenses to consider.  I’ve suffered with short-sightedness since I was around 12 years old and it really has been frustrating at times, especially when I forget my glasses, as well as very expensive.  In this blog post I’m going to take a look at how it’s possible to save money on contact lenses with a subscription from Waldo

    You can even try Waldo lenses for free, so read on to find out more.

    Did wearing glasses give me poor eyesight?

    When I was in junior school I always wanted glasses.  In fact glasses and a brace were top of my list!  My mum was of course horrified by these strange things I longed for, but back then I thought people turning up to school in glasses was so cool.  I guess it must have been around this age that people started to notice things wrong with their sight and so more and more of my friends were turning up to school with specs.  I wanted to be part of the glasses gang!

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    Unfortunately I got my wish.  I always wonder whether I made my sight bad myself, if that’s possible, as I wore my best friend Hannah’s glasses for whole school day’s at a time when we started senior school.  I soon noticed I couldn’t see the school chalkboards unless I was sat close to the front of the classroom and so my mum took me to get my eyes tested.  Sure enough I was short sighted and needed glasses.  My wish had come true!

    Be careful what you wish for

    If only I had realised what a bother needing glasses would be for the rest of my life.  My eyes aren’t so bad that I need to wear the glasses all the time, but sometimes I think that’s worse as it makes me more likely to forget them when I need them.  I am not allowed to drive without glasses and everything is pretty blurry all day long.  If you’re across the road from me then I wouldn’t be able to tell who you are!  Often my husband has thought I’m ignoring him from the other side of a room as if he smiles at me I can’t tell.  I can’t read signs such as menus behind café counters until I’m really close and even then it can be a struggle.  I forgot my glasses for a theatre show once and it was all a big blur!

    If only I could go back and talk some sense into my younger self who wanted glasses so desperately!

    The benefits of contact lenses

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    Luckily there is a solution to wearing glasses all the time and this is to wear contact lenses.  I’ve been pretty terrible at wearing my glasses as an adult and usually just squint to try and see things far away.  It’s not helping with preventing wrinkles!  My glasses are normally in my car and that’s where they stay as I have to wear them for driving.

    As a young adult I decided to give contact lenses a go and they really have been a lifesaver in so many situations.

    Here are the benefits of contact lenses:

    • No bulky frames – I often found I was put off by my glasses frames.  It’s actually why I first tried contact lenses as I was having driving lessons and found my glasses really off-putting as I wasn’t used to wearing them so much.  I needed to concentrate on driving, but felt distracted by the frames I wasn’t used to seeing.  Once I got contact lenses I was less distracted by the glasses frames and able to tackle the task at hand.
    • No change in appearance – I’m always very self-conscious in my glasses.  As a kid I loved them and thought glasses were the coolest thing ever.  I wanted to wear them all the time.  As an adult, and even when I was an older teenager, I became more self-conscious of my appearance and really disliked having to wear glasses.  I’ve never felt they’ve suited my face.  Contact lenses take this worry away as no one can even tell I’m wearing them.
    • They won’t fog up – Most mornings when I get into my car and put my glasses on, they steam up!  It also happens when I open the oven door – a whoosh of hot air and I can’t see a thing!  Luckily contact lenses don’t have this problem and my sight is never obstructed.
    • They’re great for sports – I love to workout at the gym and had worn my glasses a few times, but they start slipping off and moving around if my workout is intense.   Contact lenses stay put and don’t distract me from my workout.
    • My vision is clearer – I mentioned they don’t fog up, but my vision overall is clearer.  With glasses I can get reflections and lines of light almost bouncing off them from car headlights at night.  With contact lenses it’s like seeing through my own eyes with perfect vision.
    • They’re comfortable – once you get used to them then they are really comfortable.  I even forget they’re in my eyes and often leave out my empty packets on the side to remind me to take them out before bedtime!  My glasses leave indents on my nose when wearing them and get in the way, especially with my young children jumping all over me!

    Save money on contact lenses with Waldo

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    You might now be thinking, well that’s all well and good, but aren’t contact lenses really expensive?

    They definitely used to be and I remember paying around £30 per month for daily disposable contact lenses, but times have changed.  Contact lenses subscription company Waldo is disrupting this industry by offering affordable contact lenses for just £12 per month that are premium quality.  By cutting out retailers and selling online only, they are able to offer high-quality contact lenses at the most affordable price.  There are no hidden costs either as delivery is free.

    Waldo believes contact lenses should be more affordable and the process simplified.  They’re cutting out the middlemen to keep costs down as well as making life easier for us by sending affordable contact lenses every month, hassle-free.

    Here are some of the benefits of Waldo lenses:

    • They have a super fine edge design so they’re comfortable to wear and reduce any sensation of something in the eye when blinking.
    • They are made with 58% water to keep the eyes moist all day long.
    • You’ll have UV protection with 70% of UVA and 95% of UVB rays blocked.
    • The lens design mimics the cornea to provide HD vision.
    • It’s a subscription service so they’ll be delivered to your door every month.
    • Delivery on subscriptions is free.
    • The original lenses are only £12 per 30 lenses.
    • They offer a free trial to see if they’re for you.
    • You can modify, pause or cancel at any time.

    Try Waldo contact lenses for free

    Sign up for a free trial of Waldo contact lenses to try them yourself.  You’ll get 10 pairs of contact lenses for free.  You just have to cover a one-off shipping fee of £2.95.

     

    Sign up here: https://www.hiwaldo.com/pages/free-trial-sign-up

     

    Save money on contact lenses with a Waldo subscription

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  2. Save money by getting your protein from plant-based sources

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    I recently wrote a blog post to answer whether being vegan is expensive in which I said both yes and no!  In reality though, the answer is no, being vegan does not have to be expensive.  Eating traditional plant-based foods instead of meats and cheeses is actually a much cheaper option.  But, like anything in life, you can choose to buy premium, organic and independent brands or you can choose to buy cheaper supermarket-own labels and value labels. 

    But what about protein?  Is it possible to eat cheaply as a vegan and get enough protein? 

    And the question vegans are probably bombarded with the most – where do vegans get their protein from?

    In this blog post I’m going to share with you why choosing to get your protein from plant-based sources is actually a really affordable option.

    The difference between animal protein and plant-based protein

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    One of my favourite responses when meat-eaters ask vegans where they get their protein from is ‘the same place your protein gets its protein from’!  It’s so true.  Animals get their protein from plants and so can we. 

    Around 20% of the human body is made of protein.  Our body doesn’t store it, so we have to regularly get it from our diet each day.  Protein is needed for almost every metabolic process in our body so it’s vital for the overall health of our body.

    Protein is broken down into amino acids in our body and there are over 20 different types of amino acids.  There are non-essential amino acids that our body can make itself, but there are also essential amino acids that we have to get from our diets.

    The difference is meat protein is often called a ‘complete protein’ as it contains a good balance of all the amino acids we need.   But eating meat also comes with a lot of negative health consequences.

    Most plant proteins only contain some of these amino acids, so to get all the amino acids we need from protein we need to eat a variety of plant-based protein sources.  But that’s fine as we should all be eating a variety of healthy plant-based foods anyway. 

    Going plant-based will probably mean you’ll eat a ton more of the highly nutritious stuff you should have been eating, such as different beans, lentils, and wholegrains, which is fantastic news for your overall health.

    Is vegan protein expensive?

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    If we’re talking basics then no, plant-based sources of protein are not expensive.  What is expensive is if you start buying meat alternatives, vegan cheeses and readymade plant milks.  These things are readymade or processed foods and they come at a premium.  However, they are not needed as part of a healthy plant-based diet and are merely convenience foods, just like readymade snacks and foods based around meat and dairy.

    Plant-based protein is actually very cheap indeed. Good protein sources include many whole grains, wild rice, chickpeas, beans, lentils, green vegetables, nuts and seeds.  Lentils, beans, rice and grains are some of the cheapest foods in existence.  They can be bulk purchased as they can last for ages in their dried forms.  They are so versatile too and can be used to create so many meals.

    Compare the price of beans, lentils and grains to a pack of meat and you’ll start to realise how much cheaper a vegan diet can be.

    How to keep a vegan diet low cost

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    There are lots of ways to keep a plant-based diet affordable.  Below are a few suggestions to get you started.

    • Buy dried ingredients.   Purchasing dried bags of lentils, beans and grains will save the most money compared to buying tins of pulses for example.
    • Buy in season fruit and vegetables.  Buying exotic fruits and vegetables is a luxury, but if they’re not in season then you’ll be paying a premium.
    • Make your own meals from scratch.  This is always the best way to keep costs down as readymade meals are so expensive.
    • Don’t buy faux meat, vegan cheeses or the like.  These are very costly and will really bump your food shopping up.
    • Make your own plant-based milks, cheese and cheese-sauce.  It’s much more affordable than buying readymade.  A delicious creamy cheesy sauce can easily be made with homemade oat milk, a few scoops of nutritional yeast and a squirt of mustard.  Perfect to serve with cauliflower or pasta.
    • Make your own snacks too.  Chocolate bliss balls are super easy to make with cacao, dates, seeds, oats and nuts whizzed together in a food processor and shaped into bite size snacks.  Whilst a pack of raw cacao might seem expensive at first, it’s so rich you only need to use a tiny bit to make plant-based milkshakes, bliss balls and hot chocolate, so a pack will last for ages.
    • Do everything in bulk.  Buy the ingredients you can in bulk to make them as cheap as possible in the long run.  Cook in bulk too and freeze/refrigerate portion sizes for the week ahead.  This will stop you reaching for the convenient foods as you’ll already have readymade homemade snacks and meals instead.

    A list of plant-based sources of protein

    There are lots of delicious plant based foods that provide vegans with protein, as well as everyone else too.  The foods below are good sources of protein and it’s recommended to eat a variety every day.

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    • Seitan
    • Lentils
    • Chickpeas
    • Garden peas
    • Beans – black, kidney, pinto, lima, black-eyed, cannellini
    • Tofu
    • Tempeh
    • Edamame beans
    • Soy milk
    • Seeds – hemp seeds, flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, sunflower
    • Peanut butter (and other nut butters)
    • Nuts
    • Buckwheat
    • Oats
    • Wild rice
    • Brown rice
    • Quinoa
    • Barely
    • Spelt
    • Bulgur wheat
    • Wheat berries
    • Lesser known grains such as teff, amaranth, sorghum, freekeh, farro
    • Asparagus
    • Avocado
    • Broccoli
    • Brussels sprouts
    • Artichokes
    • Kale
    • Spinach
    • Sweetcorn
    • Cauliflower
    • Potatoes
    • Sweet potatoes
    • Nutritional yeast
    • Spirulina
    • Sprouted grain bread

    What about protein for working out and building muscle?

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    Whilst the above plant-based sources of protein will provide enough protein for the majority of us, some people might be looking to up their plant-based protein levels even more if working out, training or trying to build muscle. 

    There has been a rise of plant-based protein supplements as vegan diets have raised in popularity and examples are pea protein powder, hemp protein powder and rice protein powder.  It’s becoming a very competitive market so you’ll be able to find huge tubs or packs of vegan protein powders on offer online, just as you would with animal product protein powders like whey.

    Protein supplement brand Scitec Nutrition has shared six tips with me for those looking to transition to a plant-based diet:

    1.            The number one factor to consider is whether you are getting enough calories. Whether you are bulking up or losing weight, making sure that you are consuming the right amount of calories is key to reaching your goal.

    2.            Because plants usually contain lower calories than animal products it is important to consume a variety of fruits and vegetables in your diet. Not only will a good mixture of fruit and veg provide your body with a variety of vitamins, it will also provide antioxidants to help keep your immune system strong.

    3.            Legumes are a great source of protein and eating a range of soy, beans and peas alongside grains such as buckwheat, rice and quinoa help to ensure that you get the essential amino acids your body needs.

    4.            Make your plates colourful. A good rule of thumb to follow is to make your meals as colourful as possible. A mixture of natural greens such as broccoli and kale, reds from tomatoes and peppers and yellows from sweetcorn and beans complement each other perfectly and provide a good mix of carbohydrates, proteins and fats for your body to use.

    5.            Nuts are a great source of fat and are proven to provide a long-lasting form of energy just when you need it. Eat a handful of nuts before your workout to boost your calories and provide energy, or sprinkle some onto your breakfast to keep you going till lunch.

    6.            Depending on your goals, your lifestyle and your diet in general you may want to look into supplements to complement your plant-based diet. Tracking what you eat on an app or website will give you a good insight into the vitamins and nutrients that you may be lacking, meaning that you can add more into your diet. Many nutritional supplement manufacturers now offer plant-based proteins, BCAA’s and multi-vitamins to help you reach your nutritional targets.

     

    Not only can you satisfy your body’s protein requirements through a healthy and varied plant-based diet, but you can also save money by eating this way.

     

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    Save money by getting your protein from plant-based sources

  3. How to eat more eco-friendly and save money

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    There are lots of ways to live an eco-friendlier lifestyle - including changing your diet. Many of the foods we eat are processed in a way that can harm the planet, whilst other foods may use up lots of energy to prepare. Here are just several ways that you start eating more eco-friendly and as a bonus, you’ll save some money too!

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    Bring your own bag when shopping

    By bringing your own bag, you could reduce the need to take home a new plastic bag each time. Plastic bags are having a huge negative impact on the environment – landfill sites are full of them and it could be 1000 years before they degrade. Many supermarkets now sell ‘bags for life’ which are large and durable and can be used as a permanent solution every time you go shopping.  Plus, if you do keep buying a plastic bag, they’re now at least 5p each in the UK.  This is a great reason to stop using plastic carriers and to invest in a cost-effective long lasting bag instead.

    Buy less products with plastic packaging

    When it comes to encouraging zero waste living, it could be worth also cutting out products that use plastic packaging. A lot of modern brands are now adopting paper and cardboard – try to opt for these when shopping or at least glass or tin which doesn’t require the use of plastic.  Getting an organic vegetable delivery is a great way to totally cut out all plastic packaging on your weekly fruit and veg shop.

    Recycle food waste

    You should be able to recycle all your food waste with your local council’s food recycling scheme or by using them for gardening purposes. A lot of this food waste can be used as compost, whilst orange peels are a great natural pest repellent. Of course, you can also cut down on food waste by not throwing away leftovers - many leftover foods can be repurposed and put into curries, pasta bakes, soups, stews and sandwiches.

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    Support local produce

    Buying more food that is sourced locally can also help to save the planet. Food that isn’t sourced locally often has to shipped by sea or flown over by air – both of these create lots of carbon emissions. Farmer’s markets are a great place to buy local food. Some supermarkets also have sections for local food.

    Go organic

    Foods that are non-organic often use chemical pesticides and chemical fertilisers that require industrial processing that is harmful to the environment. By opting for more organic foods, you could help to reduce your carbon footprint. You can find organic food by checking the label. You can also try shopping at organic wholesalers that only sell organic food. Few foods are wholly organic - many are 90% organic and some may only use organic traces. However, these foods are still better for the environment than non-organic foods.  Check out their organic credentials and which company is certifying them as organic to have a better understanding of whether they allow any chemicals at all.

    Related - 3 important reasons to choose organic

    Grow your own food

    You can also try growing some of your own food. By growing your own food, you’ll be buying less food that has to be transported plus you can ensure that no chemical fertilisers or pesticides are used. You could start a vegetable patch or grow plants in a greenhouse. There are even edible plants that can be grown indoors if you don’t have a garden such as tomatoes, peppers and herbs.

    Go plant-based

    Industrially farmed meat has a massive negative impact on the environment. This is due to the land, food, water and energy required for raising livestock.  That land, food and water could feed us several times more than the meat it produces could!  Eating meat has lots of health consequences and is now proven to be bad for the environment.  Whether you stop eating meat to save the planet, for your own health or for the animals themselves, there are plenty of reasons to stop.

    Eat more raw foods

    Cooking food uses up energy that is often produced by burning fossil fuels. By trying more raw foods, you’ll use your oven less. There are lots of foods that can be enjoyed raw. If you don’t enjoy raw foods, you could try cooking less food inside your oven and using the hobs more to fry, steam and boil as hobs use up a lot less energy.

    There are lots of ways to start being more eco-conscious when it comes to how we eat, plus some of them will save us money too.



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  4. Is being vegan expensive?

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    The answer?  It can be as expensive or as affordable as you want it to be.  Pretty much like anything else in life.  You can choose the cheap car or you can choose a more luxurious car.  The same goes for food, drink, holidays, clothes, homewares, you name it.  Choosing to lead a healthy lifestyle is no different.  It can cost a pretty penny or you can choose to do it on a budget.

    One question I’m asked a lot as I am now 100% plant based (or vegan as it’s more widely and easily understood), is whether it is expensive.   My answer is yes and no.  No it’s not expensive if you stick to eating a diet stuffed full of fresh fruits and vegetables, but mostly veggies, that are in season.  But yes it is expensive if you start buying processed vegan food and junk food such as vegan cheeses and vegan mayonnaises, raw chocolate bars, meat alternatives and so on.

    If you keep it simple then being vegan can be done on a budget.  Keep it simple by keeping it as plant based as possible with no processed foods and then costs will stay down.  In fact, that’s probably a load cheaper than eating meat or cheese as they can be really expensive.  When I was vegetarian I loved cheese and it had to be the proper mature stuff.  It cost a small fortune!  Even milk is quite costly and yes, plant based milks are expensive, but you can easily make your own oat milk very cheaply.

    It’s funny really, as I was veggie for several years before cutting out all animal products completely and no one ever questions if vegetarianism is more expensive than eating a meat based diet, but as soon as you mention following a vegan diet then a lot of people will ask if it’s expensive to eat that way.  In fact, many people think eating anything healthy is an expensive and I often hear people comment how ‘healthy’ food should be cheaper.  I’m not sure where they are shopping as the last time I went to the supermarket I managed to buy a banana for 12p, yet a chocolate bar was closer to £1.  Many commonplace fruits and vegetables are very cheap indeed.

    Tips to save money and eat healthy

    Why being healthy doesn’t have to be expensive

    Like anything, being healthy or being vegan can be expensive, or it can be cheap and affordable - the same as most things in life.  It depends where you choose to shop and what level of products you choose to buy – savers, shop’s own brand, branded, luxurious, independent or organic. 

    Here are some of the ways eating healthily or following a plant-based diet can be more affordable:

    Keep it simple and eat a lot of fruit and vegetables

    Check out your supermarkets fruit and veg aisles and you’ll see a lot of prices well under £1 for large bags of goodness.  I often see comments on articles about healthy eating such as the introduction of the sugar tax, where people say something along the lines of ‘if you want us to quit sugar and eat healthier then make healthy food cheap’.  I really believe it already is cheap and I’m not sure where they are shopping!

    Over Christmas my local Tesco had big bags of vegetables on offer for 29p each!  2.5kg of potatoes for 29p!  Even today they sell a 1kg bag of carrots for 59p!  I can see around 9 large carrots in the bag and so that’s a lot of great healthy carrot stick snacks for adults of kids, plus plenty left over as a side of steamed veg for a couple of meals or more.  Eating affordable healthy snacks by creating your own from fruit and vegetables is totally possible.

    If you go organic, choose a subscription box

    Yes, organic food is at a premium and I totally think that is wrong.  We buy organic in our household as I believe it’s an investment in our health, the planet and wildlife. It is more expensive and I think this is wrong.

    Organic food needs to become the norm and accessible to everyone. 

    One way to get better value on organic fruit and veg and to ensure you get a good variety is to order a fruit and vegetable box each week.  The boxes should provide you with local fresh produce that works out cheaper in a box than buying the items individually, plus companies such as Abel and Cole regularly have special offers and new customer offers.

    Base your meals around vegetables

    If you base your cooking and main meals around the vegetables and some wholegrains then you can make meals more affordable as you’ll not be adding costly meat or cheese.  Of course there are meat alternatives, but we rarely use these and just stick to vegetables, wholegrains, herbs, spices, beans and lentils when cooking. This makes things a lot more affordable and probably even cheaper than a meat diet.

    If you start buying processed ‘healthy’ foods such as pre-packaged meals, dried fruit bars, meat alternatives and so on then the cost of eating healthy can start to add up.

    Instead, keep it simple and stuff your diet full of as many fresh fruits and vegetables as possible to keep costs down.  Plus, if you fill yourself up on as much fruit, salad and veg as possible, you’ll leave less room for the bad food and stop reaching for the expensive snacks as you’re already full on the good stuff.

    Use supermarket coupon apps to save on healthy food

    I’ve just recently got into the supermarket coupon apps, also known as cashback apps, that give money back on certain items in the supermarkets.  They have loads of offers every day, on around ten or so items per major supermarket, where you can save money or even get 100% of the cost of the item back.

    There are regularly fresh fruit and vegetable savings to be made with these apps.  They even regularly have some vegan food included so you can try some of the branded prepared food with a discount.  The plant based milks have been on them too.

    I’ve signed up to GreenJinn, CheckoutSmart and Shopmium for virtual coupons via their smart phone apps.  You buy the product, upload the receipt and then get the cash back after.

    Bonus tip

    Another tip is to always remember to check for cashback if you do your grocery shopping online.  Sign up and always check for cashback at Top Cashback and Quidco for cashback.  Or try your luck at Boom25 for a 1 in 25 chance of winning your entire spend back.

     

    Leading a healthy (and plant-based) lifestyle can be as expensive or as affordable as you need it to be!

     

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  5. Best juice recipes for health and energy

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    Stay healthy when you work from home with homemade fruit and vegetable juice

    For the human body to stay healthy when you work from home and produce consistent and robust energy, a person needs to consume enough minerals, vitamins, and enzymes. Fortunately, all these can be obtained from fresh fruits and vegetables. But how can someone manage to take different types of fruits in a single sitting? Unless the various fruits and veggies are blended into one drink, consuming them all separately can be unmanageable for some, which is where juicing recipes come in handy for a quick and healthy energy boost.

    When working from home it can be tempting to reach for a sugary biscuit or an instant coffee for a quick boost of energy, but there’s a much healthier way.  Why not make a juice or two first thing to give you a natural and healthy energy boost in the morning and save the second juice for when you need more energy in the day, instead of reaching for those unhealthy snacks.  A carefully picked juice recipe can potentially help someone to attain enough energy for the working day naturally and healthily.

    I love to juice and to make smoothies on a regular basis when working from home.  I will often prepare one in the morning when I’m making the kids breakfast and packed lunches and have lots of the ingredients out already.  Then I’ll pop it in the fridge until lunch time or until I’m peckish.  Not only does this save me reaching for an unhealthy snack, but it also saves me time when I’m stacked with work in my working hours and would rather not spend time making a snack or meal.

    Tips to get started with juicing

    If possible I recommend choosing organic fruits and vegetables for the best health benefits.  There have been studies that show organic produce to have more antioxidants as these are produced when they have to naturally defend themselves from pests in the wild, whereas those sprayed with pesticides don’t have to fend for themselves so produce less.  Organic means they are not sprayed with chemical pesticides or grown in artificial fertilizer, so you’ll not be consuming any traces of these toxic chemicals.   

    Even if they are organic, and especially if not, make sure you clean the fruits and vegetables before placing them into a juicer.  Give them a good rinse under some cold water.

    Also, investing in a suitable juicer is a good idea, especially if you plan on making juicing a regular part of your diet.  A good juicer will last longer and will ensure you get the smoothest juice with the most nutrients retained.   It pays to read the various juicer reviews before buying any type of juicer to make some juice – you may be disappointed if you buy cheap, as the saying goes ‘buy cheap, buy twice’.

    We use a Sage juicer which was around £150 and is of high quality.  We are able to put the fruit and veg in whole to its wide chute, and it removes all the pulp, seeds, cores and so on for us.  This saves a great deal of time when preparing a juice as there’s no chopping involved unless we have to make the food smaller to fit down the chute.

    Another great tip is to make sure you are loading your juice with vegetables.  A ratio of around 80/20 of vegetables to fruit is recommended.  Though it is natural sugar, purely fruit juices are much higher in sugar in a concentration that you wouldn’t normally eat, as you’d never be able to eat all the fruit in one juice in one sitting, so this high sugar content can affect your blood sugar levels and cause a spike.  Therefore for optimum nutrients and less sugar, you need your juices to be mostly vegetables with some fruit to sweeten.  I mostly use a lot of leaves such as spinach or kale with lots of celery and cucumber, then just one apple or pear to sweeten, for example.

    Here are some juicing recipes with the potential to help you attain incredible health and energy for your working day.  They make random amounts and you can adjust the recipes to suit your own taste preferences and also quantity preferences.  Don’t be afraid to make too much though as you can always refrigerate your leftovers for a day or two.

    Green gusto juice

    One great benefit of consuming a glass of green gusto juice in the morning is obtaining healthy skin. The glow on the skin is triggered by antioxidants present in the juice, which include vitamins A, E and C. These antioxidants serve to eliminate harmful toxins that may otherwise lead to sun damage or acne. Vitamin A, in particular, is vital for cell regeneration and growth.  Additionally, the green gusto juice is incredibly hydrating which is essential for skin upkeep.  

    Simply place all these ingredients in your juicer and enjoy:

    • A big handful of spinach
    • Two green apples
    • A big handful of kale
    • Two celery stalks
    • Half a large cucumber
    • Half a handful of parsley
    • Half a lemon
    • An inch of ginger root

    If it needs to be sweeter for you then add an extra apple.  If you’re not used to the green juice taste then you may need to make sweeter ones at first and then reduce the amount of fruit as you get used to them.  To water it down more and weaken the overall flavour, then simply use more celery and/or cucumber.  You might want to use more watery vegetables to soften the taste until you are used to drinking vegetables!

    The best thing about juicing is you can adapt it to suit your own taste preferences.  For example, you can swap the lemon for kiwi or remove the ginger if you don’t like the taste.

    You can also alter the quantities of ingredients to make more or less, depending on whether you want a more intense shot or cup of juice, a pint or a larger drink to sip on.  I do quite often up my ingredients to make more than one drink and I store them in the fridge for later in the day.  They simply need a shake or stir when ready to drink.

    If you have a high quality juicer then you can simply put all the ingredients in whole and it will remove all the seeds and pulp for you!  We use a Sage juicer at the moment.

    Purple power juice

    The purple power juice gets its name from the main ingredient, the purple cabbage. Equipped with vitamin K and C, this juice is a superior immunity booster that also contains phytonutrients, which aid in fighting inflammation. This cabbage also contains a pigment that is packed with flavonoids including resveratrol. The flavonoid is tasked with protecting the user from certain cancers in addition to controlling blood pressure. This juice also improves the brain, eye and heart health, to name a few – there are really so many benefits to red cabbage!  Just Google and you will see.   As most of us won’t like the taste of the red cabbage juiced, the carrots and additional ingredients will disguise the cabbage taste.

    • One green apple
    • One beetroot
    • One quarter of a large red cabbage, or half a small
    • Two carrots
    • Three celery stalks
    • Half a large cucumber

    Again, the best thing about juicing is you can taste your creation and amend if you don’t like it!  Add more fruit to sweeten if needed or some ginger root for a kick if needed.

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    Spicy stamina juice

    By consuming a glass of spicy stamina juice in the morning, you are guaranteed to spend the whole day feeling invigorated and ready for whatever the working day throws at you! This juice can open blood vessels which will increase oxygen flow, allowing you to stay active while feeling lively. If you are looking for a healthy and energetic drink, read on!

    • 25g fresh wheatgrass or 1 ounce readymade wheatgrass juice
    • Two carrots
    • Three celery stalks
    • Half a large cucumber
    • One green apple
    • A chunk of jalapeno to suit your taste buds (start small if you’re not sure!)
    • Half a handful spinach
    • Half a handful parsley

    Fruit fervor juice

    The fruit fervor Juice is probably one of the healthiest juices available and for a good reason; it contains a wide range of health properties. Such benefits include boosting energy, cellular repair, enhanced metabolism, and improved immunity. It also prevents the formation of cancer cells, detoxifies the body, reduces aging signs, diminishes inflammation, as well as lowering cholesterolslevels. This juice is easy to digest, has a sweet flavour and every single glass comes with numerous benefits.  It’s a very fruity juice, so great as a morning energy boost or once in a while treat!

    • One orange
    • Three green apples
    • Half a pineapple
    • A cup of blueberries
    • A handful of spinach

    A veggie vitality juice

    The last recipe was almost all fruit, so here’s an all veg to balance things out!  This juice is an excellent afternoon refresher or wake-up tonic.  It’s also delicious and energising. It contains live enzymes and nutrients that serve to feed every cell in the body. This juice also boasts hydrating powers and will keep you active and alert during the day.

    • One tomato
    • Two large carrots
    • One handful of spinach
    • Two celery stalks
    • Half a handful of parsley

    Each of the above recipes has vital components that are both healthy and delicious. The vegetables are loaded with phytonutrients that energize the body cells, keeping an individual rejuvenated all day long. These natural juices are a superior contrast to the sugar and caffeine ridden store concentrates, and they can be consumed in the morning, lunchtime, in the afternoon or even after work. The most important thing is to make a glass of fresh homemade juice part of the daily diet for a fantastic boost of vitamins and minerals straight into your system.

     

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