I hope that your Monday is going as well as Mondays can!
Sorry that my recipe post is later than usual today… I flew to London this morning as my dad is on the UK leg of his Hands of Man Tour and playing the Royal Albert Hall tonight. All the family is over to support him, so really looking forward to it 🙂
Anyway… as it’s a Monday, this recipe is extremely virtuous!
Weekends are generally the time that some of us relax a bit on our healthy eating plan, and Sundays especially are a traditional day for people to enjoy a roast dinner with all the trimmings, a sweet treat or a takeaway. So we can feel like we have a bit of water retention at the beginning of week, and especially if we’ve eaten out at a restaurant. There tends to be more salt and sugar added to restaurant food, which does lead to a bit of bloating for some people.
When we eat a high-carb or sugary meal or snack, the food is broken down into glucose and stored in our muscles as glycogen. But 3 grams of water are attached to each gram of stored glycogen, which is why we develop a bit of water weight after refined carbs and alcohol. They’re simple sugars that our body stores.
But don’t fret – it’s not fat! In fact, this fuel can help to power you through sweaty workouts 🙂
Adding too much regular table salt to food or eating too may salty snacks can also cause our body to hang onto extra fluid, as our body tries hard to hold onto water to maintain the right ratio of sodium/water concentration outside cell walls. Again, it’s just water weight and can be easily lost in a few days by eating the right foods.
That’s where this purple smoothie comes in handy! I designed it to contain all of the best natural foods for filling our blood and cells with electrolytes to combat dehydration, and plenty of potassium to restore the correct sodium to potassium balance.
It should help to kick your kidneys into gear when you’re feeling a bit bloated, and reduce any annoying water retention that can make clothes feel tighter than they should!
Oh and it also tastes yummy 🙂 It contains some of my fave fruits and veggies – blueberries, cucumber and banana, plus fresh ginger and coconut water.
- 125g blueberries
- 120ml (1/2 cup) coconut water
- 1 tsp fresh ginger, chopped
- 1 ripe banana
- 3-inch long piece of cucumber (Buy organic if possible)
- 3 ice cubes
- 4-5 drops liquid Stevia, or to taste
- Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
- Taste and add liquid Stevia if a sweeter taste is required.
- Serve chilled.
- Any leftovers can be stored in a covered container in the fridge for up to 2 days, but it's best eaten soon after it's made.