Saturday, February 9, 2013

Green Goodness Juice

I cheated. I skipped juicing for two days and boy was it a mistake. Juicing is work, it is not easy and I missed chewing so I skipped a couple of days. Because I stopped I felt like poo. I felt like I had a plague. So I'm back to juicing and being healthy. I have chicken thawing for a nice mostly healthy dinner and I'm enjoying this lovely beverage while I get to cracking on cleaning and rearranging the living room.

Green Goodness Juice
2 apples
2 pears
2 cups of fresh (not frozen) spinach
2 plums
a hunk of fresh ginger

Juice and enjoy!

You really really need the ginger, otherwise the juice is way too sweet. This is my favorite juice I have made so far this time around.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Sunshine Smoothie

 We started today with another yummy concoction. It looks like a lot of ingredients but in all actually it isn't. Lee came home with a gigantic bag of frozen fruit mix from the grocery store because it is perfect for my smoothie addiction. It is a mix of pineapple, strawberry, mango and peach. I made a  huge smoothie, as you can tell from the picture, for my breakfast and lunch today plus I had enough for Caleb to have a small smoothie with his breakfast.

 I find that carrots are a fairly strong flavor so I like to combine them with orange. They compliment each other in flavor and color which matters when getting kids to drink it. I know that Caleb refuses to drink anything that has muddy colors but he will drink anything with bright vibrant colors. 

Sunshine Smoothie

makes 2.5 servings
2-3 Blood  oranges, juiced
2 carrots, juiced
1 cup of frozen fruit mix
1/2 frozen banana  
Blend all ingredients and enjoy!

Friday, February 1, 2013

My Personal Revolution!

While I was away from the blog last year the hubby decided it was time for a major change in our lives. He bought a juicer and start juicing everything, we once joked about juicing a ham! Lee was pumped and loved every minute of it. He even drank some of the worlds worst combinations ever imagined. He lost 40 pounds by replacing two meals with juice or smoothies and eating healthy for dinner. I know that sounds crazy, extreme but it is was needed to break the junk food addiction that most of us have. I did not replace meals with juice because I was pregnant and didn't think that was the best idea. He was doing amazing but we stopped juicing when pregnancy complications started to arise. It was probably the best time to be juicing but it was just too much. We continued to eat fairly healthy through out the pregnancy especially since I tried to control my blood pressure issues with diet and vitamins. We still try to eat healthy more often than not. I know that is not completely obvious by my blog posts! 

This is not and never will be a permanent solution for my life. I am trying to do the same as Lee by juicing my first two meals and cooking a nice healthy dinner for 30 days. After one month I will revisit the way I eat and continue to juice when I need a little extra hit of veg or when I'll be on the run and won't have time for a proper lunch, if for no other reason to keep me away from the drive through window. I'm also trying to get Caleb drinking this typ of juice as opposed to store bought "100%" juice. He helped me make this recipe, which is why I have so much. He added an apple and an extra pear to the juicer while I was retrieving spinach from the fridge. He also had a glass of apple and pear with a bit of spinach in his robot cup with lunch. He only drank half but it was apparently "dewiscious" with his pb&j for lunch. Do not think I would ever put my child on a juice cleanse! I just want him to learn what real unprocessed fruit and veg tastes like. 

I plan on sharing some of my favorite creations but I will still be posting food and baking posts because treating yourself now and then is just fine. I need to strike a balance between eating what I want and eating what I need!

I call this one Funky Juice because it is U G L Y, it ain't got no alibi! It's ugly, yeah, yeah it's ugly!

But it is sooooooo good! I'm not a huge fan of vegetable or tomato juice, I'm hoping to change that, but for the time being there will be mostly fruit in my juice! Also you should know we have a Breville Juice Fountain Plus. If you have a different juicer follow the instructions for your machine. If you like yours cold, either refrigerate your produce the night before or you can refrigerate afterwards just remember to stir before you drink it because it will separate! 

Funky Juice
makes 1 to 2 portions
3 pears
1 apple
2 plums 
5 strawberries
a heaping handful of spinach (think side salad amount)

Wash your veggies! Remove the stems. Cut plums in half and remove the stone. Remove the tops from the strawberries and juice. Now if you don't have a juicer. Remove seeds and cores. Process in food processor or blender and strain through a fine mesh strainer.