Good morning and Happy Monday. I apologize for going MIA for a minute there; this weekend I was busy playing catch up with school and spending time with my new internet boyfriend, Polyvore. If you’re Facebook or Pinterest friends with me, you already know how that relationship is going.
Due to the fact that a lot of friends and family have recently joined the Green Juice club (Yay!) and have been asking for good juice recipes, I thought I’d show you how I decide what to juice and how much of it to juice. It’s not an exact science of course, and all of it really depends on your personal taste preferences. So remember to try different combos and if you don’t like something, make a few adjustments next time and see if that fixes it.
Green Juice Equation: 1 part Dark + 2 part Water + 1 acid +1 sweet
Dark Greens include:
- Kale (any variety, but I find the regular curly kale juices better than Lacinto)
- Swiss Chard
- Dandelion Greens
Water Greens have a high water content:
- Romaine hearts
Acid is a lemon or a lime – it will cut your “green” taste pleasantly
Sweet is a small apple or pear
Play around with your combinations until you find one what works well for you. If you make a green juice that you find extremely unpalatable – don’t you dare throw it out! Just add some water, some lemon juice, and a little liquid Stevia. It will be fine! 🙂
The juice I had this morning (above) was missing the second water green. I forgot about the cucumber.
If you’re using a Breville, that’s how I insert my veggies and fruits into it. The apple just pops right in. I love that so.
So, let’s see what else is new…
I put on my sneakers and went to the gym. I flipped out after 30 minutes POSITIVE the gym childcare provider was torturing my son. But she wasn’t. So I will go back. Most definitely.
Sammy and Kitty kept watch.
I caught the boys outside being adorable.
Oh, and I tasted a peach so delicious, it just begged to be drowned in Maker’s Mark.
You’ll have to wait another day for that recipe. I need to perfect it.
Go drink a green juice!
What does it mean??
Well, it’s kind of awesome. My husband has asked to be my first nutrition client! I’m thrilled. I’m going to green juice the crap out of him.
However, because of his schedule and how much he travels, it’s a little hectic for me to make him fresh juice each morning, and he’s not going to juice for himself. So I was trying to think of the best way to freeze a vitamin-rich liquid…
And realized I already had plenty of breast milk storage bags! They are only 5 oz each, but they will do for now. I’ve been slowly building up his stash when I make my own juice in the morning, so that I can just send him on his way with a cooler of morning goodness. It was kind of one of those “DUH” moments. I could have been freezing and stashing this whole time, and then when a lazy morning strikes I’d have absolutely no excuse not to get my juice. Because you know that happens.
In other news, my son is now a human bumper car. I kind of feel like I should just put a helmet on him and have done with it. He’s just completely unstoppable!
Also, are any of you True Blood fans? Hubs and I are big time, and I have to say that I’m loving this season so far. I love all the new characters! Sookie’s been kind of useless, but I’m assuming that will change eventually.
Ok, I have to run, someone is trying to pull up the vents and eat the dog food.
I’m starting off this Monday morning with a double portion of hot pink juice.
I am loving the beets still.
So, let’s recap the week. I absolutely intended to take tons of pictures and post at least 2-3 blog updates with photos. I managed one. Running around after Eli, cooking, cleaning, and socializing made the camera lowest on the totem pole. Unfortunately that sickness I was complaining about last week is STILL with me, and was hitting me pretty hard all week. And of course, Eli got it as well, and that combined with several different scenery changes, hours and hours of driving, and lots of people to entertain him, made his sleep schedule absolutely horrifying. Hubs and I were harkened back to the days of old, when our little bundle of joy woke up every. single. hour. It was hell.
I’m glad to say though, that on Friday when we got back, he went right back to normal and fell asleep in his bed for a home stretch of 4 hours. THANK GOODNESS. Because this momma was about to lose it.
Martha’s Vineyard was beautiful as always and we had some fabulous weather. It was great to spend time with my sister and her boyfriend, my in-laws, and my dad, as well as my husband’s daughter and her daughter.
You may be wondering how my little to-do list went?
Well, I lost 4 lbs on vacation! Which is completely unheard of. I actually weighed my several additional times to make sure. This means I’m only 4 lbs away from my wedding weight! I’m thrilled. Really thrilled. Granted, things are not in the same place as they were on my wedding day, but hey, take what you can get right?
I’d love to tell you that I only ate salads and lifted weights every day, but that would be a lie. I had a good time, drank plenty of wine, and didn’t stress about the food. I was careful to stay away from obvious sugar though – cookies, cake, etc. One thing I did do every morning, regardless of how zombified I felt, was make a green juice.
It really helped my body stay on track as far as digestion goes, and also gave me some much needed energy. Can’t say enough about it!
James’ daughter and granddaughter stayed through Father’s day, and we took some time to walk around DC and do some sight-seeing.
How cute are my boys?
The plan for today is to do absolutely nothing + eat lots of veggies and drink lots of water. I’ll be back tomorrow, hopefully more coherent!
Have a wonderful Monday!
Are you enjoying my beet puns?
I’ve surely been enjoying my beets.
Is there anything more beautiful than beet juice? Just looking at it gives me a little pep in the morning, which I’ve really been needing lately. I can feel this cold (or whatever it is) is progressing through my system, but it’s just a real pain in the neck. Especially when I’ve got so much to do in preparation for our trip.
I’ve been eating a lot of soup.
That’s Amy’s Organic Tomato Bisque with added tofu chunks. It was actually pretty darn good.
I’ve been drinking a lot of tea.
I picked this up the other day and really like. The flavor is pleasant and it really does soothe my throat. The cute giraffe is just a bonus.
I’ve been making sure I’m getting my antioxidants.
All excellent choices, but that Vosges… Wow. Cayenne, cinnamon… it’s fabulous. A shame that I couldn’t fully taste it, but even so it was really yummy.
And yesterday, something green and leafy made a reappearance in my life.
I tried grain tempeh yesterday for the first time. It crumbled nicely, and had a bland, slightly sweet flavor. I put it in a pan with some curry seasoning and little water to help it absorb, then put it over a bed of baby spinach. Then doused it in my tahini dressing after the picture. It was great. I’m going to do it for lunch later again. I could see using this tempeh for a lot of things. Sloppy Joes, tacos, and stir fry all come to mind.
Have you all met Kitty?
We got him from the shelter in February of 2011. Best cat ever. I’ve never had a cat before so I just assumed that like most cats I’d met, he’d be very independent and aloof. But no. Kitty is a Cat-Dog. He is playful, talkative, and absolutely adores his family. He sleeps in our bed, cuddles, gives kisses, and is just an all-around mushface.
Well, I’m off to put the final touches on this house before company arrives. Have a great Wednesday!
What’s your favorite thing to eat when you’re sick?
It’s a beautiful Monday here in Maryland, but this girl is s-i-c-k. I strongly considered writing a pity post about how awful it is to be honest to goodness sick and be a mommy at the same time, but then decided to stop being a whiny pants. It is hard though, as obviously every mother out there knows. It blows. And it doesn’t help that my other half is in Massachusetts right now.
I’ve been up since 6:30. I’ve showered, washed my hair and dried it, did a load of laundry, and went grocery shopping. That’s 5 things more than I felt like doing.
I think the worst part of whatever this sickness is, is the fact that I can’t taste things correctly right now. My tofu stirfry last night should have been delicious, but it tasted like mushy cardboard. Strawberries taste sour. And I feel like everything needs more salt! It’s just awful. And I still can’t stomach the idea of a raw salad, so I’ve been really diligent about getting my morning juice. Since I just went shopping, I refreshed the line-up:
A beet, lemon, ginger, celery, and one beet with its greens, and an apple.
Beets are intense, but so very good for you. They are known as excellent blood purifiers, help create more red blood cells, and are great for all-around circulatory health. I feel my blood could use some purifying.
It was pretty good. And I feel much better having had my juice this morning. I was absolutely telling myself all sorts of stories on the way home from the store about how I could just juice later, or have tea instead, or just juice later… But I don’t know about you, but later lives pretty close to never where I’m from.
Anyway, I’ve got plenty to do to get things ready for our epic family vacation to Martha’s Vineyard. My in-laws, step-daughter and her daughter are coming here Wednesday afternoon from Atlanta, and will brush off that 10 hour drive until Friday, when we’ll head down to Connecticut, grab my dad and sister, and meet up with Hubs in Massachusetts on Saturday morning. Should all go according to plan, we will be on the island no later than 12 pm on Saturday and I can hand over this munchy to his grandparents:
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AND TAKE A NAP!
Until then, have a wonderful Monday!
AND – Welcome to all my new readers! ❤
Our Sunday is off to a nice start – Hubs has hit the gym, I’m showered and dressed and have already taken my troop for a walk around the park. AND, Eli is sleeping. It’s like, some sort of fantasy land around here!
Since I started off this morning with a nice big green smoothie, here’s the recipe for you. It’s my “go to” recipe, and if you’re a PB + Choco kinda person, it’ll be right up your alley.
Choconutter Green Smoothie
almond milk (1-2 cups, depending on the consistency you like)
1 tbsp raw cacao powder or unsweetened coco powder
1 tbsp almond butter (or a little more…:)
1 scoop chia seeds (or protein supplement of your choice)
sweetener to taste
If you have a Vita Mix or Blend tec, just toss all the ingredients in and let it roll. If you’re working with a regular blender, process the spinach with the almond milk first, then add the rest of the ingredients and blend. For sweetener, I really am partial to Agave or Maple syrup in this particular smoothie, but for right now I’m only using Stevia as a sweetener. It does the trick, but I can’t say it’s as amazing as those two sweeteners. Just something to keep in mind.
This is a handful of spinach, btw.
So, while we are on the topic of Green Smoothies, I wanted to talk about the differences between juicing and blending, because they really are quite different.
Juicing is the process of squeezing the liquid from fruits and vegetables while removing the fiber. This basically leaves you with a vitamin rich liquid that requires little to no work for your digestive system – it’s kind of like a power shot for your body. Juicing is very popular for when you’re detoxing, because it does not tax your system at all but delivers high quality nutrients. Juicers that are popular these days are the Jack LaLanne and the Breville (which I have and love).
Blending is the process of pulverizing fruits and vegetables. A blender like Vita Mix or Blend Tec will process the fibers of fruits and vegetables, including the skins and piths, into a very smooth consistency. But it still has fiber and because of that, your body will still need to work to process it.
Both are wonderful ways to get high quality vitamins and minerals into your system. Personally, I like to juice first thing in the morning and have a green juice as a balancing and alkalizing way to start my day. Then I ease into breakfast later on, and feel less guilty about my morning cup of coffee. However, sometimes I’m just not in the mood for juicing, and a smoothie sounds better. So I do that instead.
I hope this helps!
Have a fabulous Sunday!