A greener year of the Sheep in Shanghai? There's a lot of excuses for letting go of our common sense in regards to healthy habits when living as an expat. New environment with new snacks (hello Boazi), being far away from home oh and meeting new people & being social just involves eating & drinking (and we don't reeaally meet up for a lemon water at Yongkang lu).
Still, in order to live a more happy everyday-life here in the world's biggest city (when measured by population) and cope with it's high level of stress and population I find that it is vital to be healthy. Eat healthy, drink water & get lots of good rest. In this way we have much more energy and a much better defense to deal with "Shanghai" on both good & bad days.
So if you have some intentions of eating more healthy in this year of the sheep we just entered, find some good ways of kick starting it here.
Juice & Smoothie Habits in Shanghai
There's so many ways to incorporate healthy juice & smoothie habits to everyday life in Shanghai. Fruit and veggies are always around the corner and the health wave is somewhat over the city so in between all those artificial milk tea shops you find a lot of fresh juice & smoothie shops.
The thing is of course that when we work (as most of us do) we don't really have the opportunity to stroll down Huaihai lu and enjoy a freshly juiced carrot & apple treat. Therefore, I have made it a habit to make my own fruit & vegetable smoothies almost every mornings, I find that it is the absolute best breakfast for me. It gives me a boost of vitamins & color, energy enough to stay focused until lunch and I don't give my digestive system overloads of work from the early morning.
Some days I have that afternoon/after-lunch craving for something and unfortunately we do not have a blender or juicer installed next to our coffee machine at my work...
But this is Shanghai, so of course some smart people have figured out how we can overcome that problem.. Cold-pressed juice delivery of course!
What is cold-pressed juices?
Cold-pressing technology is unique. Traditional juicers (at home or in restaurants) typically use centrifugal juicers powered by a fast spinning blade that essentially ‘cook’ the juice, killing almost all of its nutrients.
With cold pressing, on the other hand, there is minimal exposure to air which results in very slow oxidation or decomposition. Through pressing, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and other vital elements are extracted gently and completely, keeping the integrity of the raw products completely intact.In fact, cold-pressed juices are proven to yield 4 times more nutrients than pasteurized juices.
Cold pressing is a method of juicing that enables juice to be bottled without preservatives and still maintain a 72-hour shelf life. - FS JUICE
FS JUICE also known as Favorite Squeeze Juice offers you cold-pressed juices, plant-based milk treats & blended soup drinks delivered straight to your office (or home of course). Prices range from 20-32 and delivery is free if you buy for over RMB 150. Subscribe to healthy treats or even subscribe to a juice detox and have them delivered at the spot, where you know you will be craving it: the office
Plant-based milk treats
I'm not a big juice consumer myself, I simply prefer smoothies in order to get fibers with all that fruit-sugar and boost of vitamins. If I have juices I tend to go green.. or after my try with FS juices: Dark Red (hello beetroot).
What I love and could become an absolute addict to is plant-based milk treats... Take for example Zen by FS Juice: cashew nuts, vanilla bean, dates & the powerful matcha powder (green tea extract! A cold milk-treat like this in the afternoon and all cravings for artifical sugar or another latte is washed out!
VCleanse is another and similar company. Their focus is mainly juices & plant-based milks (where FS Juice offers blended soups) and they use colors to categorize all their different varieties: The Green, The Red, The Yellow, The White, The Black. Again, I'm a fan of their "whites" the plant-based milk treats. Y-U-M! Check my post from my ECO Day in Shanghai where VCleanse together with Ariel Rider Ebikes and Eco&More where my partners in crime.
Price-wise VCLeanse is the more premium brand with the average bottle around RMB 50. VCleanse specializes in detoxes, slims & cleanses so if you're ambitious go check out their programs.
Apart from my daily morning lemon-cleanse at home (1 glass of hot water with juice from 1/2 lemon as the first thing to consume) I don't do strict detoxes. I believe that a daily diet based on natural, plant-based food is a detox in itself. Aaand I'm a little bit afraid of starvation =)
Have you tried? Share your experience or opinion!