Well, it took a month…but I’m BACK! Life has been amazingly busy lately–my husband finally moved here from Paris, and passed his driving test today!!! Welcome to the 405, B. You’re no longer just a metro passenger. I’m proud! 🙂 I graduated from nursing school after two intense years of studying, and I managed to book a couple commercials in my hectic, last month of school–thanks Taco Bell and Ford! B and I started seriously apartment hunting, which is not easy in LA. So between the busyness of life, and all the celebrating (graduation parties, birthdays, B arriving), it was easy to indulge a little more than usual. I’m all for balance–what’s life if you can’t have some tacos and ice cream, amiright? And I say that in all seriousness because I got doooown on some tacos at my graduation party, and do you think I skipped the ice cream sundae bar? No, I most definitely did not. 🙂
So, in honor of the start of summer, and the many celebrations that it brings, I’m here to offer you a little trick to get back on track when you need to jumpstart your healthy eating routine.
MY GO-TO GREEN JUICE RECIPE
This recipe makes about 1L of fresh green juice that can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days.
* One strainer full of organic power greens–I buy the big bag below from Costco
* One organic apple, sliced.
* About 15 large, organic carrots. I also buy the large bag from Costco
* 2 slivers of ginger. Ginger is potent (and oh so good for you!), so adjust it to your taste!
I clean all the fruits and veggies with a combo of vinegar and water that I keep in a glass, amber, spray bottle on the kitchen sink. This is such an affordable and effective fruit and vegetable spray. Just say yes to DIY! I usually wash the greens first so that they can drain while I wash the carrots and chop up the apple. I store my ginger in the freezer (already pre-washed and pre-cut), which makes it really easy to grab it for juicing, or for making my yummy anti-inflammatory tea as well!
I’ve had my juicer for 3 years now, and I absolutely love it. I use the Omega J8006 Juicer, and I bought it from Amazon. Feel free to click the link above if you’re interested in buying one! It’s definitely an investment, but I’m telling you honestly, I can’t imagine my life without it. Paying for someone else to make your juice at a juice bar is super expensive if you’re a regular juice drinker, and buying a juicer is a decision to invest in your health. The benefits of cold pressed juicing are immense.
* Juice is more rapidly absorbed by the body because it lacks fiber and does not need to go through the typical digestion process.
* Like I said, juice lacks fiber. Fiber is important for elimination, and shouldn’t be avoided for an extended period of time.
* Juicing allows you to ingest large amounts of nutrients in one serving. It would be hard to eat that much lettuce, or that many carrots, in one sitting because of the fiber. You’d be full! But juicing gives you all the same nutrients you’d get if you did eat that many fruits and veggies at once!
* Juice helps create an alkaline environment in the body, which may help prevent cancer.
* Juice provides concentrated phytonutrients that help combat free radicals, enhance the immune system, and aide in cleansing the liver and kidneys.
* It’s best to drink juice immediately after juicing. Once juiced, the oxidation process begins, but will happen more quickly for juicers that use heat. It’s best to use a centrifugal or masticating juicer in order to preserve the enzymes present in the fruits and veggies.
* If you’d like to store your juice, do so in a glass container, like a mason jar, seal it tightly, and refrigerate it immediately. Juice can only last for 72 hours in the fridge, no more.
This is a masticating juicer, which preserves all of the enzymes of the fruits and vegetables (since masticating breaks down the food the same way you chew), allowing you to drink up all the amazing benefits! It’s easy to clean, and there aren’t too many parts–which I think is super important. After you’ve spent the time and energy to juice, who wants to spend forever cleaning? Not me.
Even if you’re not interested in buying a juicer of your own, there are many great juice bars/grocery stores out there where you can buy organic, fresh juice. Just try to pick a flavor with more greens or vegetables than fruits, so you’re not just drinking a glass of sugar.
After some heavy indulging, I like to let my digestive system rest and have a chance to catch up. The next morning I’d get back to my exercise routine–go to the gym, or go for a run–and replace breakfast with a nice, big glass of juice. I’d make some quinoa in the rice cooker (enough to store for a few days), and I’d go about my regular routine. Lunch would be my biggest meal, I’d have quinoa and veggies with eggs, or a big salad with quinoa, beans, and nuts. I’d have some fruit for a snack, and I’d avoid animal protein, (aside from the eggs). I’d have a light dinner, and all day I’d be drinking lots of water, and maybe a glass or two of my anti-inflammatory tea!
By the next day, I’d feel like I’m back on track, and I’d go back to eating normally!
If you have any health or dietary restrictions please consult with your healthcare professional before drastically altering your regular routine.
I wish you an amazing start to your summer! Bottoms up!