Pineapple, spinach detox drink (đồ uống giải độc với dứa và rau chân vịt)

So when the spring and summer are on the way, I no longer have the need of eating and baking too much. Instead, the need to drink something fresh, to eat something with the lemon taste comes in. I’m going to the gym more often these days, just because I start to like it! I don’t like running but I have to train myself in order to have strength and energy to play tennis in the weekend. Among all the activities to look good in the summer is having detox drink. I’m not fat, but I drink it just because it tastes so good. I was introduced to detox drink by a colleague of mine, who had only detox drink for 7 days and lost 8 kilos. That’s too much for me. If only I could lose 2 kilos, it will be ideal. :) So I start having detox drinks just to feel good, and it really feels good when you drink it. Juice from lemon is very good to clean your body, and the ginger goes well with a lot of detox juices. (That’s why the Japanese have ginger slices besides their sushi. After one piece of sushi, they eat one slice of ginger, to keep clean the stomach and keep it warm).

detox drink prep

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Mango smoothies

Mango smoothies
Making this one is easy. With smoothies, there can be a lot of creativity in it, and you are not afraid it will be messed up a lot. Just add up rational stuff one by one and taste it.

This is nothing special, just one mango, with 200g plain yogurt putting in a blender. But, after the first time tasting it, it was not sweet enough. So I put mango sugar (about 2tsp.), which I bought at De Peperbol. It’s a big shop in Albert Cuyp straat for those who live in Amsterdam. I bought Sichuan peppercorn as well, which I don’t see in China town here, to make the real Ma-Po taofu. :-) I was kinda happy to find out the shop, which sells a variety kind of spices, from all over the world; and all kinds of tea. (They also sell baking soda, for those who look for it but can’t find it in a Dutch supermarket.)

I’m putting this here even though there is nothing with cooking, but it’s healthy and fresh. The time I bought myself a good blender, I was so happy I could make all the fresh juices and smoothies myself. It’s the feeling of freshness, and being able to control what you eat (not too much sugar, no additives). So probably I’m going to ramble more about juices and smoothies, even though you can find a variety of recipes on the Internet. Baking is always a nice and pleasant thing for someone who loves kitchen work, but it gives some weight. So this is another fun way to enjoy being in a kitchen.