Friday, March 6, 2015

Healthy grocery guide and Smoothies

Happy 2015! I am so late.
 I hope 2015 has been great thus far. It has been 2 months and a lot has happened. I digress. Let's talk health! I am so passionate about nutrition. I believe it is crucial in health.

Being a student and trying to stay healthy can be challenging. You probably already have a challenge balancing different components of your life: work, school, schedule time for yourself, and the family and friends (F&F).

With all those responsibilities, we may not be able consciously control what and how much you eat.

 Tips for healthy grocery shopping.

1. Prevent purchasing packaged and processed food when possible. They have preservatives, and additives you don't need in your system.

2. Go for fresh and whole foods.
They may seem expensive, but think of it. Your body and healthy is an investment. You get out what you put in.

3. Do your research and look for coupons. I shop online for groceries at They have sales all the time and coupons.

4. Budget, Budget! I literally spend about $200 on groceries a month. Yes! About $7 for 2 whole meals and 2-3 snacks a day. Maybe I want a quart of gelato for $9.49, but I really need more strawberries for my smoothies. So I'll get a pint instead of a quart. And indulge on my gelato on special days.

5. Will power! Especially when you go to events and parties. You can look for a healthier options and control your portions.


Remember my first post on Juicing. I have used it for about 2 years. It's still works great. However, I notice that I lack enthusiasm to use the pulp for other recipes and lose the fibers I need. Also I need more fruits and veggies for a cup of juice.
 To counterfeit the cons of juicing, I got a $34 blender for my birthday last week.
I have been using it for a couple of days and I love it. I use the $16oz jar. It is so easy to clean. This is a great alternative to the NutriBullet system.


I am planning on getting an extra blade as a back up. The system in lightweight and quite convenient. Plus I get all the fiber and nutrients from my whole foods.

I made an anti-inflammatory smoothie today:
One stick of celery
Five cubes of pineapple (3 oz)
Half a banana
Lemon (peeled)
Pineapple juice

Blend away! Delicious!

The lemon, ginger and pineapple were frozen so I didn't need ice. I find that ice dilutes the taste. Fruits and veggies have water naturally anyway. Prepping (peel, chop up and store in containers or ziploc bags) and freezing the fruits and veggies preserves them for a long time.

I returned the blender above and got this black & decker blender instead.

I hope this helps!

Thanks for stopping by.