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Green juice and morning sunrise

Juicing – Health from the inside out.

The Juicy Beginnings… I am adding fresh-pressed juices to my life. Yet another way to get a variety of vegetables and fruits into my diet and feed every cell in my body with optimum nutrition.  I purchased my new slow juicer a few weeks ago, and started easy… making fresh orange juice with my kids. Then I made carrot and pear juice. Then carrot and beet juice… I’ve even made straight up green juice (and I love my green smoothies).

So, my days have evolved to include a green smoothie and a juice (typically carrots and a fruit, or carrots and beets).

Then I watched “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead”… and I was further inspired. Why not try a juice reboot every week, just for one day… where I can reset my body with optimal, fast nutrition in the form of fresh-pressed vegetable and fruit juices.  It’s hard… even for just a day…but the next morning, you feel amazing… light and vibrant. I have only done a juice day once a week. Joe Cross in the documentary drank juice for 60 straight days and it has changed his life, along with so many others. You can get more information on juice reboots at Reboot with Joe.

So, why Juice? Juicing allows you to consume a massive amount of vegetables and fruit in a serving. It’s much easier to drink a juice made of 10 carrots, 2 beets, 1 pear, 1 lemon.. .then it is to eat 10 raw carrots, 2 raw beets, a pear and a lemon in one sitting.  The fresh juice is loaded with phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals… All the wonderful benefits of plant foods. You can take your juice to go, drink it fast or enjoy it slow. You can even juice vegetables you don’t like to eat and chances are, you won’t even taste them in your overall juice (this is what I do for celery!).

The one day reboot plan I use is based on the 3-day Reboot with Joe plan:

  • Wake up: Drink 2 glasses of hot water (lemon and/or ginger can be added).
  • Breakfast: Go orange or red for your juice.
  • Mid Morning: drink 16 oz unsweetened coconut water.
  • Lunch: Go green
  • Afternoon snack: Go green or red
  • Dinner: Go green
  • Dessert: Go purple or orange
  • Throughout the day – drink lots of water.

Juicy Recipes
My favorite recipes from Reboot with Joe were:

Sunrise juice (orange)
4 carrots
2 oranges
1 beet

Green Lemonade (green)
6-8 kale leaves
3 handfuls of spinach
1 green apple
1 cucumber
2 celery stalks
1 lemon

Un-Beet-able (red)
1 apple
1 beet
3 carrots
Small piece of ginger root (1”/2.5cm)
3 cups leafy greens

Recipes of mine I have made and love are:

Luscious Carrot-Pear
8 carrots
1 beet
1 pear

Watermelon mint
1/2 watermelon
small clasp of fresh mint

Joyful beets
3 beets
1 orange
3 carrots

I double some of these recipes and sometimes drink two of the same type of juice in a day… Or I store the extra juice in a mason jar to enjoy the next day.

I also think it is very important to use organic produce when you juice. The last thing you want to add to your juice is pesticide.

If I can boost my immunity by including juicing and blending into my healthy lifestyle….Then I’m in!

Creamy, fresh and easy to make.

Making almond milk and blender envy

I think almond milk is a great thing, but have you read the ingredient list on a carton of almond milk? I thought making your own almond milk would be hard, but it is so easy and delicious that I won’t be buying it at the store again.

I like my almond milk plain and unsweetened… so I used this basic almond milk recipe.

Ingredients:

1 cup raw almonds (soaked in water)

3.5 cups filtered water

 

Directions:

  1. Soak the cup of raw almonds in water overnight. I put the almonds in a container with a lid and left them in the fridge to soak.
  2. After the almonds are done soaking, rinse and drain them. Add the soaked almonds and fresh filtered water to the blender.
  3. Blend on the highest speed for 1 minute or so.
  4. Using a nut milk bag placed over a large jug/bowl, drain the nut mixture from the blender. Gentle squeeze the nut milk bag to release the milk from the rest of the almond mixture.
  5. Pour the almond milk into a glass bottle. The almond milk can be stored in the fridge for 3-5 days.

Optional add ins - If you prefer your almond milk sweetened or flavored, optional add ins would be: a couple of pitted dates, or a chopped vanilla bean, or 1/4tsp of cinnamon. After the almond milk is filtered through the nut bag, add it back into the blender with any of the add ins and give it a quick and final blend.

Blender envy - I used my friend’s Vitamix blender to make this batch of almond milk. It was fast, a cinch to clean up and the milk was super creamy. I’m hoping my little Oster blender will have similar results.. if not, a Vitamix will be on my Christmas list. Let me know how this goes for everyone and their blenders.

 

So healthy and so easy!