Does anyone else have a serious problem with pantry raiding all night long? I am not one of those people who loves a big breakfast, then eats more and more like a bird as the day goes on. I’ll have a light breakfast and lunch, then when evening comes along I transform into a wild hog, devouring everything in my path. This was on Instagram at one point and really drew quite a smile on my resting bitch face:
Ah, always nice to know that you’re not alone. (Mine would look something more like 9 pieces of pizza, a whole bag of chips, a bar of dark chocolate, and a bottle of wine. But, you catch my drift.)
Soo ya, I’m working on that. Along with getting to bed earlier. One thing that seems to hold to be true, is that your lifestyle choices are like a chain reaction. When you make one healthy choice, other healthy choices will more likely follow. If you start your day with four donuts… probably not gonna go so well. I’ve been trying to drink a glass of cucumber infused water every night before bed, in order to stay more hydrated through the night. But I found this recipe via Healthy Food Style, and realized I could really be stepping my game up.
As we all know, our bodies slow down at night while we’re asleep. This means that our metabolism and digestive tracks are sluggish, which is why everyone warns you against eating too close to bed time. My goal is to have my dinner at a decent time, chill for a little bit & get some work done, then have a glass of this super juice – or something equivalently beneficial, and take my ass to bed. Also, get in bed and go to sleep. Stop scavenging social media and playing word games for an hour. Jesus.
So, you need a juicer for this. If you don’t have one they can be pretty pricey, and so can the practice, as you have to use a lot of produce. But it’s so worth it for your health. I’m getting a new one for my birthday next week. Score. Anyway, all you have to do is throw these ingredients into your juicer and you’re golden for the night. If a juicer isn’t in your budget, or whatever… consider simply adding these ingredients into a smoothie!
Here’s the recipe:
- 1 Cucumber
- a bunch of parsley or cilantro
- 1 lemon
- 1 tbsp grated ginger
- 1 tbsp aloe vera juice
- 1/2 glass water
Cucumber – amazing. High water content which reduces water retention and keeps you hydrated. Also high in fiber.
Parsley and cilantro – full of antioxidants and several powerhouse vitamins and minerals. Also ease water retention.
Lemon – toxin flusher and metabolism booster.
Ginger – also a metabolism booster, great for your digestive track.
Aloe vera juice – more antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and more metabolism boosting.
In other words – this drink will help put your body to work, cleansing your system and murdering fat while you sleep. Obviously you can also drink this at any point in the day. It would make for a super refreshing drink in the morning and get you started on the right foot, for sure.