Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Still Juicing?

It's been exactly 2 weeks since I started some serious juicing (January 16) , and let me tell ya - I'm feeling great. So great that exactly 1 week ago, I decided to focus on eating only fruits and vegetables. With a few exceptions (two occasions that come to mind), I've stuck to it! Now because I'm such an all or nothing person, and it normally doesn't end up well when I have that mentality, I tried to be a bit more reasonable with myself. I. Love. Food.

I have no desire to go on a juicing spree and sit on the toilet for a month strait and be the healthy kid at the lunch table nibbling on her kale and 2 slices of apple. But after I started juicing two weeks ago, I realized how easy it was, and how good I was feeling - the later being the more swaying deciding factor. I wasn't having to snack in-between meals because I was hungry. I didn't need that caffeine pick me up when I first started my day, or after lunch around that I-want-to-take-a-nap-now hour. I was feeling good. I didn't have the upset stomachs or guilt that normally accompany my latest trip to Carl's Jr. or McDonalds.

Probably the biggest thing was, I didn't feel deprived. I don't feel AT ALL like I'm on a diet. I just am choosing to eat better. And the automatic result (not many of those in life) is I'm feeling great and looking great!

The Juicy Details
- No alcohol - no exceptions.
- No caffeine - no exceptions.
- Adding a cup of milk, a single low-cal or fat-free yogurt, and a servings worth of Slimfast powder isn't going to kill my eating plan. On the contrary, adding a serving of the chocolate Slimfast powder has made my morning berry smoothie quite yummy. ("Recipe" below).
- My only snack, if I need or want something to munch on, are raw almonds.
- Attempt to use more greens that fruits. Fruit is easy for me to eat. I could eat Granny Smith apples and fresh, yummy, juicy oranges all day long. But kale, cucumber, red cabbage, leeks, spinach? Not so much.

- Don't set a time limit. This added to the feeling that I felt like I wasn't on a diet. I didn't want to go on a juice fast, or say "10 days without..." or 60 days ... that just overwhelms me and sets me up for failure! One garlic roll - and what the heck- I already missed that mark! Just juice because you want to (even if you don't in the beginning). And then take each day as it comes (after the first four).

- Don't go through to fast food. Easy.

When you go out to eat, weigh your options. My family & I went to Chucky Cheese. We left on a weeknight a little after 6PM, and everyone was already hungry and tired. It ended up being a great little outing. We were there till 7:30, and the kids had a blast. I spent most of my evening taking Smiles between the miniature Merry-go-round and the Chucky Cheese car ride that takes your picture. But at one token a ride, and 40 tokens for $10 bucks, we had plenty tokens left over from our last outing. I digress.

The point being was it was late, and I didn't want to make it later and "all about me" by taking the time to juice. I had been home for half an hour, and juicing just wasn't one of the first things I did. So I decided to go out with my family, and have some pizza. We chose a great pizza, and I wasn't going to eat so much that I was going to leave miserable. The thing about juicing is once you start, you don't have a huge desire to have that piece of pizza or gino-hamburger. And trust me - I LOVE MEAT! I've always said I could never become a vegetarian. But when your system is used to easily digesting so many yummy healthy things, something greasy that could turn your stomach sour just isn't appealing. So I didn't have that desire to have another slice of pizza, even though there was one slice left after everyone was done eating. I didn't say "why not" when no one wanted to "kill the last slice".

So here's my "cheers" to juicing. DO IT! I promise you if you don't feel great in a week, come bash me with a cucumber or label me a "juice freak". But if you try it, and love it, you can't keep it a secret. Promise?

See you soon!


Morning Fruit Smoothie (2 Servings)
- 1/2 Bag frozen fruit (We buy Winco's bag. It's less than a buck a bag, and only has frozen blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries.)
- 1 Yogurt
- 1 Banana
- Milk (enough to thin it just a bit... 1-2 cups)
- 1 serving of Slimfast powder (optional... we didn't use this for the first few times we made it (ScoobyDoo has been juicing with me - and he is such a huge encourager!) and it still gave me plenty of energy to go till lunch without snacking or being hungry.

*Helpful Hint - Find a buddy to juice with. They don't have to be gung-hoe. They can do it at whatever level they feel comfortable doing it. Juicing one meal a day, or three a day. But it's really encouraging to have that friend whose not just encouraging you "in spirit".

Have fun, and Happy Juicing! 

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Day 4 - Red Cabbage, Really?

As I was home taking care of smiles, he's had the flu :(, ScoobyDoo pleasantly surprised me during his lunch break for a quick hello and a yummy juice for lunch. When he gets his mind on something, he runs with it. One of the reasons I love him. He's juiced 8 out of the last 10 meals! Way to go babe!

So Scooby Doo started throwing the below mixture together, and I must say, I am amazed. He is a master at making the weirdest combinations taste really, quite good.

Mode: Juicer

Supplies: We've added some unsalted butter and eggs to our kitchen, but these were for sugar cookies. (I've felt inspired lately by my Test Kitchen Cook Book! It rocks!) We haven't purchased anything new for juicing.

Day 4: Cabbage Say What? - 1 Apple, 1 Orange, 1 Pear, 1 Zucchini, 3 Stalks of Celery, 8 Carrots, 1/5 head of red cabbage

*None of the above ingredients were peeled or cored or de-seeded in any way. Check out this site to see how to prep stuff. He doesn't mention that whole apples are okay, but I've seen other TV juicers do it. (So it must be ok RIGHT?! It's on TV!!) :)

Servings: 4 Servings.

Rating: I give this one a 4.5 out of 5 stars. Simply for the fact that it has red cabbage in it, and it doesn't taste absolutely disguising. It's actually quite tolerable. Well done hubby.

Inspiration of the Day: Common Juicing Mistakes

*Truth be told, the video is a bit long, (4 minutes... long for me I guess), but there's some good advice about the balance between vegetables and fruit.

Cheers! And Happy Juicing!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Juicing With KALE!!! - Day 3

Yum? YUM! Yumish.

Mode: Blender

Added greens to our inventory. ScoobyDoo went to Sprouts and got kale, cucumber, zucchini, cabbage, parsnip, and more beets.

Day 3: Kale, Orange, Banana Smoothie 1 Orange (Peeled), 1/2 Cup Water, 1 1/2 Leaves Kale (The recipe only called for 1 leaf of kale and I should have stuck with that), 2 Ripe Bananas.

1. Blend the orange in a blender until mostly juice.
2. Add the water and kale; blend again on High speed until kale is liquefied.
3. Break the bananas into chunks and add to the blender. Start blending on a lower speed until the banana is incorporated. Increase speed to blend the mixture into a pudding-like texture.
4. Refrigerate for 20 minutes or stick the glass in the freezer. MUCHHHH better.

Servings: The website said 1. I say 2.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars. I just wasn't feeling it, but it's better than most kale drinks I've tried. It really wasn't that bad, but it was really thick. Next time, I'll stick with just one leaf of kale, use only cold ingredients, add ice, and use more water. And split it with ScoobyDoo. Definitely work trying again though.

Inspiration of the Day: All Hail Kale!

Question of the Day: How do you eat your kale? Or do you at all?
Happy Juicing!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Juicing- An Experiment


Mode: Breville Juicer

Carrots, Apples, Beets, Oranges, Pears, Celery, Spinach, Sweet Potatoes, Lemon, Strawberries, Honeydew, Bell Peppers

Day 1: 4 Carrots, 1 Large Apple, 1/2 Beet
Servings: 1 Adult.
Rating: Unknown. ScoobyDoo drank it.

Day 2: 3 Apples, 1 Orange, 1 Pear, 1 Beet
Servings: 2 Adults + 1/2 Kid Serving
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. Couldn't taste the beet as much as I expected. Not any greens, but a good breakfast juice.

Inspiration of the Day: Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead

Watch the trailer here:

Meander through various recipes, articles, and such through his blog here:

Question of the Day: What's your idea of a great first juice for those juicer newbies out there?