It’s Monday. Whomp. Whomp. Oh, also, my husband’s asked that I stop being such a fatty because my “bad eating habits” (since when did tacos, chickfila, and ice cream become bad eats?) are wearing off on him. Basically what he’s saying is that I’m now responsible for making both myself fat, and making him fat. No finger pointing in my house, clearly.
One of the ways my husband and I like to stay healthy is by juicing daily, but at some point between Thanksgiving and Christmas we fell off the wagon, so we’re going to try and jump back on.
Our green juice typically contains:
1 organic cucumber (if not organic, wash and peel before juicing)
2 large handfuls of spinach
1/2 head of kale
1-2 Apples or Pears (Pears are sweeter)
Romaine if I have any on hand.
1″ piece of ginger
lemon if on hand.
Pretty simple, no fuss ingredients. This recipe makes enough for 2 large drinks, and it only takes about 2 minutes to juice everything, and then cleaning the juicer (Breville Juice Fountain) takes about 5 minutes. I really enjoy the taste of this specific juice (I hate beet juice, and I’m not a fan of celery, in case you were wondering), and it’s so good for my body, so I’m going to try and be diligent about making them.
I posted about my green smoothies recently, so I just want to talk about the differences between juices and smoothies. When you juice your fruits and veggies, you’re removing the fiber from them. Fiber is great for you, but by removing it you’re making digestion easier, which allows the nutrients to pass quickly into your bloodstream and boost your immune system. Both juices and smoothies are great for you, but juices pack a bigger punch!
Do any of you juice, or have you thought about starting? Kris Carr is a huge inspiration to me, and her book Crazy, Sexy, Diet talks a LOT about the benefits of juicing, and she also provides great juice recipes. I would also go check out Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, a documentary about juicing. It will blow your mind.
XO – Samantha