What Now? Juicing.

After taking a hiatus (since July), I’m finally back. Sorry my peeps. I had a rough road from last summer until the end of the year, but the light is shining brightly at the end of my tunnel and I plan on making this a regular occurrence again.

So my first topic is what I’ve been up to. Although I haven’t been writing about my adventures in Nutrition, I have still been practicing. Constantly educating myself and talking to people. Lot’s of workshops have occurred and what I’ve learned is that there’s so much more to learn.

My latest adventure is now Juicing (no not steroids). Fresh abundant, organic vegetable and fruit sources. No I guess the thing that has always steered me clear of the whole juicing thing is the extremist mentality. I had a visual in my mind of every meal being sipped through a straw and losing the benefits of fibrous foods as well as the joy of actually eating, not to mention drinking something green was a huge turnoff. Nope. I made up my mind, and I can be very stubborn, Juicing was not for me.

Then some things occurred over the past few months. The first was my daughter, now a beautiful and wise 22 year old, who took years for me to wean off fast food. As she got older her tastes changed and fresh healthy abundant food that was always available in my kitchen started to have its appeal to her. Now she makes me proud and the day she threw some kale, spinach, apples, bananas and celery into my Ninja I was a little stunned. Where did she learn this? I don’t grind up my food to liquid? How could that possibly taste good?

She swore up and down that it tasted fine, it just looked weird. I raised my right eyebrow up in disbelief and refused to even try it. Stubborn. Like I said.

Well a couple of weeks ago while going through my Netflix Library of Food documentaries, I came across a gem, “Hungry for Change”. After watching this movie I decided to try Juicing, not as my whole diet, but as a supplement to my food. So here’s what I threw together (a tactic I got from my daughter)

4 Cups Kale
2 Cups Spinach
2 Cups Coconut Milk
2 Small Apples
1/4 Pineapple
4 Oranges
1 Banana

I split it with my good friend Maryam. What it breaks down to is this:
Less than 300 calories
6g Protein
3g Fat
72g Carbs – the good kind, don’t panic
320mg Calcium
1700mg Potassium

Not to mention all the other Nutrients and antioxidants in these fresh organic vegies an fruits. What I felt immediately was ENERGIZED and CLEAR HEADED. Not bad for supplementing with my regular food. I’m sold. Will start posting regular recipes soon and I’m going to start saving up for a real Juicer. My Ninja just isn’t going to cut it. 

2 thoughts on “What Now? Juicing.

  1. hanna says:

    Proper juicing is important, this includes the process the tools you are using and how beneficial your fruits or vegetable by maintaining it's nutrients. Since February is the heart month, can you create a juicing recipe which is good for our hearts? I've also read from a krill oil article that Omega-3 is really good for us that's why I want to learn some recipes that I can cook for my family.

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  2. Hanna,

    I'm sorry, I was off the blog for a while at the beginning of the year. My world got turned upside down and I was posting infrequently. I'm going to post regularly again now that my business is running smooth.

    Omega 3s are awesome! Salmon and Tuna are good sources. You can also add some ground flax to smoothies, eggs, or over a salad to get your Omega 3s boosted. I'll post a heart healthy juice recipe tomorrow. Thanks for your comment.
    Colleen

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