Review: Pure Glow Cleanse 1-Day Juice Cleanse

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Review: Pure Glow Cleanse 1-Day Juice Cleanse

I recently tried a Pure Glow Cleanse 1-Day Juice Cleanse which promised to make me glowy, nourished and feeling like a glitter-covered, love-filled lady riding on a unicorn over a rainbow*. *PGC doesn't promise this, in as many words, anyway ;)

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Pure Glow Cleanse - local Perth juice cleanse

Juice cleanses have taken off in the past couple of years, and if you think of them as a fad...well, so did I. But that was before Pure Glow Cleanse ;)

Juice cleanses typically last anywhere from one day to three days (and, in my opinion, shouldn't be any longer than that). Most juice cleanses claim to increase your energy, clean out your system and kickstart your healthy eating again. Usually, a juice cleanse day involves 6-8 cold pressed juices, smoothies and/or nut milks that are all vegan that you sip on throughout the day. It's recommended you keep off the caffeine as well to reap maximum benefits, so between juices you can sip on water or herbal teas. Not all juice cleanses are created equal, however.

You see, looking at other juice cleanses, many of the juices are just packed full of sugar with high-fructose fruit. When I saw PGC actively works to minimise the sugar content in its juices, I was intrigued (and the team has a resident nutritionist overlooking the whole program to make sure it's safe and as beneficial as possible!). I've long been a fan of green smoothies, where you blitz plenty of good veggies and a little bit of fruit and end up with a nutrient-dense swamp water concoction full of fibre do regulate the digestion of the naturally occuring sugars in whatever ingredients you use. Juices are a fab way to get a tonne of nutrients in one tasty hit that your body finds incredibly easy to absorb. HOWEVER, it's important that such a tonne of nutrients isn't predominantly sugar - the more vegetables, the better!

So, I was pretty stoked to see the PGC daily juices (or, more specifically, four juices, a green smoothie and a nut milk) and mostly green!

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The Pure Glow Cleanse Juice Menu:

  1. Sunrise Elixir (juice) - Lemon, Cucumber, Aloe Vera, Filtered Water
  2. Glowing Greens (smoothie) - Kale, Cos, Cucumber, Celery, Green Apple, Pear, Avocado, Parsley, Lemon
  3. Green Guru (juice) - Kale, Cos, Celery, Cucumber, Green Apple, Mint, Lemon
  4. Good Karma (juice) - Carrot, Lemon, Green Apple, Ginger, Turmeric, Grapefruit
  5. Buddha Juice (juice) - Cucumber, Green Apple, Mint, Lime
  6. Chai Vanilla Dream (nut milk) - Almond, Brazil Nut, Cashew, Medjool Date, Chai Spice, Vanilla, Filtered Water

Pure Glow Cleanse does deliver to some suburbs, but you can also pick up your freshly made juices from its North Perth juicery. The girls were so lovely when I went to pick my juices up, and really kick-started the whole experience with a smile :)

1. Sunrise Elixir

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I regularly start my day with a warm lemon water, and I was stoked to see this juice was full of two of my favourite flavours - lemon and cucumber. It was a nice sunny day, and sipping on the Sunrise Elixir was like giving my insides a shower - it felt refreshing and like it was setting me up to get the most from the rest of the juices that day.

2. Glowing Greens

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I was pleasantly surprised by a) how sweet this smoothie was despite being relatively low in fruit, and b) how filling this was! As you can see, it gave me plenty of energy haha! It was about 11.30am when I tucked into my Glowing Greens and normally I'll have a headache by 11am if I haven't had a coffee (...it's a one-a-day habit, I swear!) but I had absolutely no sign of a headache! Doing the cleanse does encourage you to stay well hydrated, if only to feel full but also to help absorb all the goodies in the juices, so this probably helped keep my caffeine brain at bay!

3. Green Guru

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By the time I got around to my Green Guru, I thought I'd be staaaaaaaarving. But I wasn't at all! Green Guru is again very refreshing and sweet, but not sickeningly so at all. I gotta say, though, I was hanging out for Good Karma and willing the next couple of hours to pass heehee.

4. Good Karma

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Right, so...Good Karma is pretty much all of my favourite things in juice form. Reading the menu, I knew this one would be my favourite and it certainly was. It was about 4.30pm when I popped open my jar of Good Karma and I'd been studying all day. I could feel myself starting to go a bit fuzzy, but this juice seems to be perfectly suited to the slump. Very clever, PGC girls ;) I loved the little zing of the turmeric and ginger and I even popped a bit of ice in this one to make it last a bit longer haha.

5. Buddha Juice

Guess who was too wrapped up watching some trashy TV on Foxtel and forgot to take a photo of her Buddha Juice? This grrrrrl. I promise it looked super creative and Instagram-worthy perched in my hands as I sat on the couch with my hair in a bun on my head and my bra well and truly off and retired for the evening.

I'd been sipping on herbal teas for most of the day, and it wasn't until my Buddha Juice was due to be sipped that I started getting a bit of a tummy grumble. I think I was just craving something to chew. So I cheated juuuuuust a little and ate a couple stalks of celery. I know. Out-frikkin-rageous. :P Once I'd finished my yummers Buddha Juice, though, I was full to the brim and could continue watching Real Housewives tummy grumble free.

6. Chai Vanilla Dream

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I admit, I've never really liked chai spice or medjool dates, so while this is a lot of PGC cleansers' favourite of the six juices, it was actually my least favourite of the bunch. I then saw some cleansers on Instagram warmed up their Chai Vanilla Dream and I reckon I would've enjoyed it more if I'd steamed mine a little bit. Now, that's not to say it didn't taste pleasant!! It was silky, creamy and rich but it didn't feel heavy. You definitely notice how sweet this one is after the other five milder juices - the medjool date does its job nicely. If you like chai lattes, this will be absolute heaven for you!! I love the idea of finishing the night with a glass of milk, too :)

 

So, what's the verdict?

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with how easy the 1-day cleanse felt. It was nice to know that all my nutrients were ready to go in jars in the fridge, all I had to do was grab 'n' go. I can see how a 3-day cleanse would re-ignite healthy eating habits, too. On the cleanse, everything you need is in the fridge and it so your body can become friends again with its old pal, Discipline. Even after just one day, my body was craving nutrient-dense foods (read: vegetables) so I'd imagine a 3-day cleanse would amplify those cravings. As I mentioned, there was a point where I just wanted to chew something - I reckon if I was doing this in the summer, I'd freeze some of the Good Karma and/or Buddha Juice into icy pole moulds ;)

The next day, my tummy was happy, I'd had a great night's sleep and I felt like I'd treated my body to a bit of a vacay from digestion to focus on absorbing as much goodness as it could. Was I glowing? Well, I wasn't any duller after my cleanse day, and I can imagine that the 3-day cleanse or one of PGC's six-packs would have made a more visible difference to my skin. I will say, however, that I've been dealing with problem skin lately and waking up with at least one new, big spot on my face every day, but after my juice cleanse, I didn't find any new zits on the block!

Pure Glow Cleanse is available to Perth cleansers. You can get 1-day and 3-day cleanses, and 6-packs of Green Guru and a Good Karma/Sunrise Elixir combo. Each cleanse comes with an uber cute packet of paper straws, and a guide to getting the most out of your juices. I'd definitely recommend Pure Glow Cleanse if you're looking for a local cleanse. It's a saturated market out there with heaps of companies vying for your attention (and dollar), but PGC really goes above and beyond to be friendly, yet very professional, right from the moment you book in your cleanse. With a nutritionist on board, you know you're getting the most bang for your buck and your cleanse if being overseen by a seasoned pro, and isn't a backyard lemonade-stand jobby.

 

Check out the website, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to get glowing!

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Favourites for Now: August 2014

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Favourites for Now: August 2014

Phwoar, it's been a while since my last Favourites for Now! Truth be told, nothing has really blown my socks off. However, lately I've been crushing on a few things...

"Green" Smoothies

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I've always been a bit of a green smoothie fan, but last week I went on a bit of a blitz and prepared a couple weeks' worth of green smoothies. Basically, pop your fruit and veg ingredients (chopped/grated) into individual zip lock bags, pop in the freezer and then each night, pull one out and put it in the fridge so it's ready to be blitzed in the morning - just add water, nut butters, powders, seeds etc in the morning. I found I had so many superfoods etc in my cupboards that weren't being used, and green smoothies are the easiest way for me to eat them without turning my nose up. I've also been having some skin issues (more on that later) so I'm hoping the rainbow of raw fruit and veg I'm getting, along with my superfoods, will do the trick to get me glowing a bit more.

I personally don't really like banana (the base of many green smoothies) and I do try to limit my sugar intake, so I choose to use low-fructose and/or high antioxidant and/or gut-friendly fruits - things like berries, paw paw, pear, pineapple. I also "sweeten" with beetroot or carrot, and more often than not I add a protein powder (lately it's About Time's choccy vegan powder). Do make sure you add in a fat to slow down the sugar release of your other ingredients - I like using things like nut butters, pepita butter, avocado, chia seeds or hemp seeds. If you're new to green smoothies, use a bit more fruit to suit your palate, and spinach as your base veg because it's pretty mild. Slowly start replacing some of the fruit with different veg, and then if you feel brave, chuck in an itty bit of spirulina or chlorella powder.

My smoothies for the next two weeks are mixtures of any of the following (I chop all these things up then chuck them randomly into the zip lock bags haha):

Fruit: Paw paw, pineapple, pear, blueberries, raspberries Veg: Spinach, kale, bok choy, beetroot, zucchini, grated ginger Other: Bee pollen, spirulina, Loving Earth's Rainbow blend, cacao powder, pepita butter, chia seeds, hemp powder, protein powder

Washing my hair with bi-carb soda, conditioning with apple cider vinegar

So, as I mentioned above, I've been having some skin issues and that has also messed with my scalp (cheers, oestrogen and your mate progesterone...and your new bestie testosterone). This is common, I've found, when people come off the oral contraceptive pill because suddenly testosterone is invited to the party again and it takes control of your sebum production and generally wreaks havoc.This results in a delightfully oily scalp and a shit tonne of pimples.

Where I used to be able to go a couple of days between washes, my hair needs a daily wash now and I'm not dead keen on spending big bucks on heaps of shampoo, nor stripping my hair completely. So I've started using household staples: bi-carb and apple cider vinegar. Grab a little tupperware tub with bi-carb, scoop out a handful, wet the other hand and then form a paste. Rub it into your scalp (not the ends of your hair because it might be a bit drying) and leave it while you wash your body/shave/whaddeveryoudointheshowerI'mnotjudging. Rinse. Now it's time to condition. I have a plastic spray bottle I got from the supermarket laundry aisle. It's 1/3 apple cider vinegar and 2/3 water. Squeeze the water out of your hair then spray the ACV all over, particularly at the tips. ACV will lock in the moisture. Leave it for a minute and then rinse. It won't feel like your hair is super soft like a supermarket conditioner does, but don't worry, it brushes out fine. Dry and style as normal! I personally haven't found I could smell the vinegar... If you feel you can smell it, I'd recommend adding a few drops of essential oil to your ACV mix - something like chamomile or other florals, perhaps.

Sam Smith

Sam Smith has been on high rotation on my laptop, iPhone, gym iPod. I am loving his stuff. Especially this song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzlPOwoIKOM

And this one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_-U6dcTEOg

And this one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULPDq02zavs

MooGoo Acne Cleansing Cream

Continuing with my skin troubles, I have been getting a stack of really big, red, sore, unsightly spots on my chin and jawline (ladies, these are normally hormone-related), and also along my hairline (stress-related). What I love about MooGoo's Acne Cleansing Cream is that it doesn't claim to be a miracle overnight cure. I've been naughty before and used anything and everything to dry out spots, and poked and prodded and squeezed....resulting in some red scarring #goodone. MooGoo's cream isn't drying at all (because it doesn't contain benzoyl peroxide, which most acne products tend to use) and smells quite nice, which is a change from other spot treatments I've used! It's very gentle, and MooGoo says it could take a couple of weeks to see noticeable results, and I'm okay with that. I've already noticed I haven't had any really mean lookin' spots on my chin, though still lots of little ones, but there's definitely been an improvement in the 5-or-so days I've been using it. I wash my face at night (using MooGoo's oil cleansing method for combination skin, and a warm, damp microfibre cloth that I picked up in the laundry aisle of Woolie's), then while my skin is still damp, I massage the Acne Cleansing Cream into my skin, focusing on my jawline and chin. A smidge of eye cream later and I'm good to go.

Indibucha Kombucha

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Kombucha is made by fermenting tea with a mushroomy-type ugly creature called a scoby. Squirming yet? Ha! I don't know much about the ins and outs of kombucha and have never tried making it at home (it's in the "too hard for now" pile), but the kombucha I've tried are sparkling, cider-y tasting drinks with huge probiotic properties so it's great for the gut! The most common brand I've seen in Perth is Mojo's, but now there's a local!!!! Indibucha is a Perth brand by Indinature and so far, I'm keen beans on it. It's slightly less sweet than Mojo's, and tastes a bit more like cider, whereas Mojo's has more of a soft drink/ginger beer flavour. My point: kombucha is a great alternative for when you really feel like a beer/cider or a soft drink.

Foley's Frothing Fermentations

Again on the local bandwagon, Foley's Frothing Fermentations is the genius product of Margot Foley in Margaret River, and the line is becoming increasingly available around Perth. I've tried the sauerkraut and kim chi and they are SO GOOD. I've made sauerkraut before, but again, lately it's been in the "too hard for now" pile and I'd heard such rave reviews for Foley's Frothing Fermentations. As with kombucha, sauerkraut and kim chi (...basically spicy sauerkraut for the purpose of explanation) are fermented products meaning they are full of great probiotic bacteria to keep your tummy happy. I've been having a forkful with each meal. Yummm.

Sesame Oil

Okay, so sesame oil isn't the best oil for you by any means, and normally I'm drawn to coconut and olive oils for cooking, and EVOO, walnut and avocado oil for pouring, but what I do like about sesame oil is that it's bang for buck - just a few drops adds a new flavour to meals. Last night, for instance, I baked some salmon in the oven with a bit of tamari for a bit of an Asian sensation. I served it with some boring ol' steamed broccoli...then sprinkled the broc with a couple of drops of sesame oil and it immediately made my dinner more enjoyable. Walnut oil is also a good flavouring oil!

Puppies

I've been researching dogs and falling in love with puppies left, right and centre. Because this:

 

 

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Favourites for Now: August 2014

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Favourites for Now: August 2014

Phwoar, it's been a while since my last Favourites for Now! Truth be told, nothing has really blown my socks off. However, lately I've been crushing on a few things...

"Green" Smoothies

IMG_3953

I've always been a bit of a green smoothie fan, but last week I went on a bit of a blitz and prepared a couple weeks' worth of green smoothies. Basically, pop your fruit and veg ingredients (chopped/grated) into individual zip lock bags, pop in the freezer and then each night, pull one out and put it in the fridge so it's ready to be blitzed in the morning - just add water, nut butters, powders, seeds etc in the morning. I found I had so many superfoods etc in my cupboards that weren't being used, and green smoothies are the easiest way for me to eat them without turning my nose up. I've also been having some skin issues (more on that later) so I'm hoping the rainbow of raw fruit and veg I'm getting, along with my superfoods, will do the trick to get me glowing a bit more.

I personally don't really like banana (the base of many green smoothies) and I do try to limit my sugar intake, so I choose to use low-fructose and/or high antioxidant and/or gut-friendly fruits - things like berries, paw paw, pear, pineapple. I also "sweeten" with beetroot or carrot, and more often than not I add a protein powder (lately it's About Time's choccy vegan powder). Do make sure you add in a fat to slow down the sugar release of your other ingredients - I like using things like nut butters, pepita butter, avocado, chia seeds or hemp seeds. If you're new to green smoothies, use a bit more fruit to suit your palate, and spinach as your base veg because it's pretty mild. Slowly start replacing some of the fruit with different veg, and then if you feel brave, chuck in an itty bit of spirulina or chlorella powder.

My smoothies for the next two weeks are mixtures of any of the following (I chop all these things up then chuck them randomly into the zip lock bags haha):

Fruit: Paw paw, pineapple, pear, blueberries, raspberries Veg: Spinach, kale, bok choy, beetroot, zucchini, grated ginger Other: Bee pollen, spirulina, Loving Earth's Rainbow blend, cacao powder, pepita butter, chia seeds, hemp powder, protein powder

Washing my hair with bi-carb soda, conditioning with apple cider vinegar

So, as I mentioned above, I've been having some skin issues and that has also messed with my scalp (cheers, oestrogen and your mate progesterone...and your new bestie testosterone). This is common, I've found, when people come off the oral contraceptive pill because suddenly testosterone is invited to the party again and it takes control of your sebum production and generally wreaks havoc.This results in a delightfully oily scalp and a shit tonne of pimples.

Where I used to be able to go a couple of days between washes, my hair needs a daily wash now and I'm not dead keen on spending big bucks on heaps of shampoo, nor stripping my hair completely. So I've started using household staples: bi-carb and apple cider vinegar. Grab a little tupperware tub with bi-carb, scoop out a handful, wet the other hand and then form a paste. Rub it into your scalp (not the ends of your hair because it might be a bit drying) and leave it while you wash your body/shave/whaddeveryoudointheshowerI'mnotjudging. Rinse. Now it's time to condition. I have a plastic spray bottle I got from the supermarket laundry aisle. It's 1/3 apple cider vinegar and 2/3 water. Squeeze the water out of your hair then spray the ACV all over, particularly at the tips. ACV will lock in the moisture. Leave it for a minute and then rinse. It won't feel like your hair is super soft like a supermarket conditioner does, but don't worry, it brushes out fine. Dry and style as normal! I personally haven't found I could smell the vinegar... If you feel you can smell it, I'd recommend adding a few drops of essential oil to your ACV mix - something like chamomile or other florals, perhaps.

Sam Smith

Sam Smith has been on high rotation on my laptop, iPhone, gym iPod. I am loving his stuff. Especially this song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzlPOwoIKOM

And this one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_-U6dcTEOg

And this one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULPDq02zavs

MooGoo Acne Cleansing Cream

Continuing with my skin troubles, I have been getting a stack of really big, red, sore, unsightly spots on my chin and jawline (ladies, these are normally hormone-related), and also along my hairline (stress-related). What I love about MooGoo's Acne Cleansing Cream is that it doesn't claim to be a miracle overnight cure. I've been naughty before and used anything and everything to dry out spots, and poked and prodded and squeezed....resulting in some red scarring #goodone. MooGoo's cream isn't drying at all (because it doesn't contain benzoyl peroxide, which most acne products tend to use) and smells quite nice, which is a change from other spot treatments I've used! It's very gentle, and MooGoo says it could take a couple of weeks to see noticeable results, and I'm okay with that. I've already noticed I haven't had any really mean lookin' spots on my chin, though still lots of little ones, but there's definitely been an improvement in the 5-or-so days I've been using it. I wash my face at night (using MooGoo's oil cleansing method for combination skin, and a warm, damp microfibre cloth that I picked up in the laundry aisle of Woolie's), then while my skin is still damp, I massage the Acne Cleansing Cream into my skin, focusing on my jawline and chin. A smidge of eye cream later and I'm good to go.

Indibucha Kombucha

IMG_3698

Kombucha is made by fermenting tea with a mushroomy-type ugly creature called a scoby. Squirming yet? Ha! I don't know much about the ins and outs of kombucha and have never tried making it at home (it's in the "too hard for now" pile), but the kombucha I've tried are sparkling, cider-y tasting drinks with huge probiotic properties so it's great for the gut! The most common brand I've seen in Perth is Mojo's, but now there's a local!!!! Indibucha is a Perth brand by Indinature and so far, I'm keen beans on it. It's slightly less sweet than Mojo's, and tastes a bit more like cider, whereas Mojo's has more of a soft drink/ginger beer flavour. My point: kombucha is a great alternative for when you really feel like a beer/cider or a soft drink.

Foley's Frothing Fermentations

Again on the local bandwagon, Foley's Frothing Fermentations is the genius product of Margot Foley in Margaret River, and the line is becoming increasingly available around Perth. I've tried the sauerkraut and kim chi and they are SO GOOD. I've made sauerkraut before, but again, lately it's been in the "too hard for now" pile and I'd heard such rave reviews for Foley's Frothing Fermentations. As with kombucha, sauerkraut and kim chi (...basically spicy sauerkraut for the purpose of explanation) are fermented products meaning they are full of great probiotic bacteria to keep your tummy happy. I've been having a forkful with each meal. Yummm.

Sesame Oil

Okay, so sesame oil isn't the best oil for you by any means, and normally I'm drawn to coconut and olive oils for cooking, and EVOO, walnut and avocado oil for pouring, but what I do like about sesame oil is that it's bang for buck - just a few drops adds a new flavour to meals. Last night, for instance, I baked some salmon in the oven with a bit of tamari for a bit of an Asian sensation. I served it with some boring ol' steamed broccoli...then sprinkled the broc with a couple of drops of sesame oil and it immediately made my dinner more enjoyable. Walnut oil is also a good flavouring oil!

Puppies

I've been researching dogs and falling in love with puppies left, right and centre. Because this:

 

 

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Jalads (Salad + Jar = Jalad!)

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Jalads (Salad + Jar = Jalad!)

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At the beginning of any given week, you'll find my fridge choc-a-block full of mason jars that contain lovely little edible rainbows. I don't always know where I'm going to be for lunch during the week, but two things are for sure: I want my lunches to be healthy and nutritious aaaaand I don't want to buy them.

So, here's how I do the whole 'Jalad' thing.

The great thing about glass jars is that things stay fresh for much longer than if your veg were loose, just hangin' out in the fridge, or being stored in plastic. BIG TICK. Jalads are super portable and don't spill and you don't need plates or bowls. BIG TICK. Jalads give you the option of having a different salad every day, with just one prep-sesh. BIG TICK. Jalads encourage you to fill up on veg, and a variety of type and colour at that. BIG TICK. Jalads help you show how artistic you are by making edible collages against the glass. BIG TICK (...just me?).

Simply stock up on whatever veg tickles your fancy. Keep these little key words in mind and try to tick each: green, orange, purple, leafy.  Variety is key! Farmers markets are great because you can pick up small quantities of great quality veg, meaning you'll have a ton of variety.

Also pick up some protein. I often use smoked salmon, but it's also a good idea to pick up a cooked chicken or cook some chicken fillets up yourself. I've also always got some hard boiled eggs in the fridge. You'll also want to add some fats to keep your blood sugar stable while you're munching on your vege carbs. Have some avo, nuts, seeds and olive/avo/walnut oil on hand.

See my list at the end of this post for some of the things I put in my jalads.

This is a really good visual I got from Pinterest to show you how to assemble your jalad to ensure it's not soggy after a couple of days in the fridge.

jalad order

Here are some of the things that go into my jalads each week....

Veg:

Spinach Baby kale Lettuce Rocket Shredded cabbage

Roasted ANYTHING

Lightly steamed broccoli/brussels sprouts/asparagus Snow peas Cauliflower Cherry tomatoes Sunflower sprouts Alfalfa sprouts Bell peppers Mushrooms Grated beetroot/carrot Zucchini (especially using a spiraliser/julienne peeler) Radishes Red or spring onion Avocado

Protein:

Smoked salmon Shredded chicken Hard boiled eggs/egg whites Chickpeas Tuna

Other bits and pieces:

Quinoa Nuts Pepitas Sunflower seeds Flax seeds Sauerkraut Grated ginger Strawberries (...don't knock it till you try it) Hemp hearts

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