Juice for a healthier YOU!

Alarm goes off at 7:30 AM, snooze once…Drink 1 glass of water.  I can smell the coffee…I know, when you juice you are supposed to give up the coffee.  I can not yet.  I have cut the coffee way down, and water it way down.  10 cups of water and 5 scoops of the Java.  I drink 1 cup in the morning and 2 in the evening.  Hubby has 1 in the morning and we both like it weak.

I don’t miss the cereal and milk I have always had for breakfast.  We do make breakfast 1 or 2 mornings a week.  Generally egg beaters, onions and spinach with morning star veggie sausage.  I do not miss the cheese we used to put in the omelettes.  I really thought I would miss cheese.  Of all the foods I no longer eat, I thought I would really crave this the most.  I find that it’s a mind over matter issue.  If you don’t mind…it does not matter. 

I have lost between 1.5 and 2 pounds a week.  It is gradual and that works for me.  This is a change I can and will live with.  I am not starving, I walk more and my snacks are veggies more than fruit.  I love fruit and am a dessert person too.  I find that if bananas are going bad, get put into the freezer and taken out when I need a smoothie.  They are perfect.

I timed myself for 1 week from start to finish.  Getting the veggies from the fridge, washing, cutting ends off, pealing cucumbers, juicing, cleaning juicer.  I have it down to 20 minutes.  My daily juice is mostly the same, just a couple of changes if I feel like a Kiwi instead of a pear, more radish.  I need to find a glass container air tight to store the extra juice that does not fit in my 32 oz bottle I bring to the store with me.  I used a bottle from the V8 but find even putting that in the dish washer it does not really come clean.  Dumped that container recently. 

What do you use to store your extra juice?

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My Veggies that I used today are

6 Carrots, 4 celery, 2 radish, 2 tomatoes and 2 cucumbers, handful of spinach and handful of kale.  I decided to not use fruit today to see if I just like the veggies.  It was really good.  I will put this in my file to keep with the juices I liked.  Some of the Juicing variations I don’t care for, but this was really good. 

We had an emergency trip to Grand Rapids, MI and I was without my juice.  I did not like that, but when dining, went with the salads, no dressing, no cheese, no breads or pasta and still was able to eat.  That is amazing.  I was not ready for the restaurant world, but we did fine.  People gave us some strange looks at Cracker Barrel when we told them to keep the biscuits and corn bread…(it is just seems like a waist…lol)

What are you “juicing” today?

March 1, 2013

 

I started the morning with my Cranberry, grape and pineapple and added an apple.  It was delicious.  Had about 4 oz as my husband decided he wanted to cook breakfast this morning.  I added the apple to this today just to see if the bitterness of the cranberries was better.  Yes it was!   What is your favorite morning juice?

 

How lucky am I?  Egglands best and egg beaters with sauteed onions.  Turkey bacon and freshly squeezed juice to start my Friday off.

 

I also juiced the following to bring to my store for the days food.

8 Carrots, 6 celery, 1 pear, 1 tomato, 1 radish, 5 apples, 2 cucumbers – pealed

 

I peal the cucumber because the skin is waxy.  If you get organic veggies, you don’t have the waxy skin.  I core the apples and pear, wash all the fruit well.

 

I juiced the above right after the cranberry juice and somehow this juice was sweeter that it usually is.  I had left over and my husband had it for lunch and mentioned it too.  I think some of the fruit from the morning was still in the machine.  I am not complaining, it was great.

 

Once I finish the juice, I fill the container with water to get the rest of the pulp that may still be inside.