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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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.