3/18/2013 New Juice today.

What a great way to start a Monday.  LOTS of juice with fresh fruits and veggies.  I made enough for breakfast and lunch.  10 Carrots, 6 celery, 2 cucumbers, 1 radish, 4 apples, 1 pear, handful of fresh green beans and asparagus.  I really was good and more pulp than I usually get in my juices.  I have never tried to juice green beans or asparagus but it came out fine.  I was going to add another carrot just in case it was a little bitter but did not have to.

I brought my “juicing bible” to the store with me, to pick out a new juice for tomorrow.  I can’t say I am stuck with the same juice everyday because I change out some of the ingredients.  But I really like this one and tend to make it a lot.  Of course, it will have to include the same fruits and veggies my husband just bought so they don’t go bad and I don’t want to go back to the store.  hmm what to do.

Do you have a favorite juice or your goto juice?  Feel free to share.

What exercise have you done today?  At -14 this morning, I walked the dog 3/4 miles around the block and walked my 1/2 mile to the store.  By the time I was walking to the store it was 15 degrees.  Good thing was no wind.  Still have to walk my 1/2 mile back to the car and another 3/4 mile walk with the dog tonight.  May add 20 minutes on the rowing maching before watching the finale for biggest loser.  Don’t miss that.  That show this year has really motivated my.  Last year, not so much with all the fighting and back stabbing.

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Who knew MCD Shamrock shakes had 54 Ingredients !

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McDonald's Shamrock Shakes

McDonald’s Shamrock Shakes (Photo credit: Rusty Blazenhoff)

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On St. Patrick’s Day let’s find out what’s in that Nasty Shamrock Shake…

I don’t drink these, they have always made me sick…I don’t have to wonder why.

Let’s pick a healthier choice today. –

Will this be a one time change?  Will this be a change in habbit?  Will this change affect my health?

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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)

3/4/13 What no cranberries…

Imagine my surprise to open the freezer and “NO CRANBERRIES”.  That changed the breakfast juice to the juice I drink all day.  I just added more veggies so I would have enough for the day.

10 carrots, 10 celery, 2 cucumbers, 2 radishes, 4 apples, 1 pear, 2 tangelos.  I have blueberries I was going to add into this juice, just was not sure if I wanted more fruit.  So I skipped it for today.

I did add a slice of lemon and 1/2 in ginger to my 32oz container.  I love this combo, the ginger and lemon, aide in digestion and add to the flavor.  When my veggies are gone, I add water to the container with the lemon and ginger and I have flavored water without all the added high glucose corn syrup.  No calories in my water. 

I drink about 8 8oz cups of water starting with a cup before I get out of bed.  Then a cup before my juice, 32 oz after my juice, another 8oz with dinner, 8oz before bed.  I really notice that my skin is getting smoother.  It’s not oily, just smooth and more clear.  What a great find.  I am looking for different recipes for my day off of work.  Something with Broccoli.  Maybe carrots, apple and broccoli?  Have you done this?

Pear Pineapple Juice 2/28/13

Today, the last day of February.  The juice I chose for breakfast was:pineapple

Pear and Pineapple.

2 Pears

2 slices Pineapple

1 Cup Grapes (red or green) – I used Green today.

1 Lemon (I like the full lemon)

I processed them in the order I typed them. 

I also zested the lemon (and froze the zest for later).  It seems to juice better and other recipes where I have used lemons, usually say to cut off the outside layer.  To freeze the zest – I put it in an ice cube tray with a little water.  Then when it was frozen, I put them into a labeled zip lock baggie.  This way when I want to add it to the food I am cooking, the little bit of water takes on the flavor of the lemon and does not add them much liquid to the meal. (Do this with fresh herbs too – thus the reason behind the labels on the bag.  Once frozen and in the ice, hard to tell what it once was.)  Back to the juice.

The benefits for the fruit I chose: 

Pears protect the colon, good source of vitamin C.

Pineapple aid in digestion and a good source of Vitamin C, iron and potassium

Grapes are an antioxidant, antiviral and anti cancer.

Lemons are another antioxidant and anti cancer.

Wisk and pour into a glass, and drink.  If you don’t want it all, store it in a sealable container.  Try to drink it within 24 hours.  Mine does not last that long.