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)

3/3/13 My Juice today is…

Good morning,

Today I went with my 1/2 cup cranberries, 1 cup green grapes, 1 apple and 1 kiwi.  It was more bitter that I had expected.  I swapped the pinapple out for the kiwi thinking they would be equal.  Nope, they are not.  Even went so far as to reduce the about of cranberries down to 1/2 cup.  I will have to get more pineapple for tomorrows juice.

For my “to Work” juice, I juiced 8 carrots, 6 celery, 2 cukes, 1 radish, 2 mandarin oranges, 4 apples and 1 pear.  Since I juiced this right after the cranberry it was a bit sweeter that normal.  I did not want this sweet, the more fruit you add, the more calories you are consuming.  One lady make this with a few carrots and added more fruit and was wondering why she was not losing weight.  Others answered that she needed to add veggies and reduce the fruits.  I do not really care for carrots, but when juicing them with the celery, cucumber, radish and then the fruits, you don’t taste the carrots at all. 

What I wonder about is… how do you know how many calories you are consuming in the juice?  I have juice for breakfast and lunch, fill my juice container with water after I finish, for dinner last night, we had 4 oz tilapia, peas and fresh green beans.  I just would like to know how many calories I am eating.  I lose weight each week.  6 days a week, I walk 1/2 mile to my store and then 1/2 back to the car, walk the dog 3/4 mile at night and whatever I walk around in the store.  I have 1 day off from the store and we usually cross country ski, downhill ski or snowshoe several miles in addition to 3 3/4 mile walks with our Akita.

On bad weather days, we use the treadmill, rowing maching, stationary bikes or something else for our longer work out.  Trying to do this as a life change.  I dislike the word “Diet”.  It reminds me of something that is temporary.  This food change is not temporary.  What are you doing to get healthier.  I would love to know.  Have a good one. 

 

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.

My Cranberry Juice 2/27/13

 

Cranberries growing

1 Cup whole Cranberries, Fresh or Frozen

1 Cup Fresh Grapes

2 slices of Fresh Pineapples

I juiced the cranberries first, then grapes and pineapple last. 

Note to self…Put cranberries in first, then turn on juicer…Some came flying out in pieces.

It made about 8 oz of fresh juice.  It was a bit sour, so next time I will add an apple and see if that makes a difference.  I had 4 oz and have the rest in a mason jar with a lid in the fridge for tomorrow morning.  I try to drink them within 48 hours. 

Try to add a veggie or fruit a day and see if you feel better.

If you have suggestions, please add them so everyone can try them.  Have a great day.

Choose to Juice by MK

December 2012,

I know there are a lot of blogs out here about being healthy, but this is my decision and my blog. I will try to add daily, what I am doing, what recipes I use and how I feel.

This decision changed around Christmas. A time of year where everyone over eats. Way overeats. Party after party, snack, cookies, pie, turkey, …more food that a person eats in a week and we consume in a day. I felt sick…tired and wanted to change, but did not know exactly how.

I am a fan of the Biggest Loser, I don’t have that much to lose, but the show motivates me to get off my butt and do something. I live in a beautiful area where they are many activities that normal people don’t get to do that close by. My husband was feeling the same way, so that was really helpful. To have a buddy to work with. At home, we have a treadmill, rowing machine, weight machine, work out balls, with weights.

We walk our dog around the 3/4 mile block twice a day. She get a shorter walk at night. I park 1/2 mile from my store in Lake Placid and that gives me another 1 mile to my day.

Today – February 27, 2013 my breakfast juice was
1 cup frozen cranberries, thawed about 15 minutes
1 cup fresh grapes
2 slices of fresh pineapples.

It made almost 8 ounces and it was still a little bitey, but very good. Cranberries are a great food to keep in your regular diet.

For the day I juiced:
10 carrots
8 stalks celery
2 radishes
2 cucumbers
1 pear
6 apples
1 tomato

This made a full V8 container of juice. I bring 32 ounces to the store with me. The rest stays in the sealed container and my husband drinks it for his juice.  It is great to save the pulp that comes from the fruits and veggies and use them in meat loaf and sweet breads.