Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Need a Boost? Juice!

The New Year always inspires good intentions... plans to eat better... do better... be better!
Juicing is something that I love doing all year long, but am especially inspired to do at full throttle in the New Year!
{This is a repost from my old blog, Papermellie}

I would say it was about 9 years ago that I invested in my Jack Lalanne Juicer.

At this time, juicing was not as popular as it is now, and this juicer was only available via infomercial.
I remember this was my very first informercial purchase and I was so excited about it.  I was a young mother of 3 with little energy (I believe the middle boys were 1 and 2 at the time and Mel was maybe 7)  It was one of those late nights and I was entranced by what this juicer had to offer!  It was LIFE CHANGING, it claimed!
So I made the call and waited for that delivery!
Remember how I told you about myCricut and what a great investment that was...
I will admitt, sometimes I'll go through phases, but for the most part I use my juicer on a weekly basis.
At first I was just juicing fruits.  Let's be honest, it just sounds SO much more inviting.
Then I started researching all of the different vegetable juices and their incredible benefits and I was sold on those too!
I want to tell you about the #1 benefit of this juicer for us.

My 10 year old will only eat raw apples and carrots and not even very often, so very early on, I would juice an array of yummy fruits and sneak in a little carrot and spinach and freeze them in the popsicle molds (yes, these molds generally come with their own holders... they have since been lost and simply replaced with popsicle sticks). The kiddos go crazy on them! (nowadays I even add a little  ground flaxseed and chia seeds;))
They can enjoy a cool treat and I can feel good about what they are putting into their bodies! That in itself has paid for the juicer a hundred times over!
Often, I will juice a large batch of fruits and vegetables...

and then freeze them in these ball freezer jars... perfect for a single serving that I can thaw overnight.

Obviously, fresh juice is your most beneficial option, but I love the convenience of freezing them because it's hard to keep a large supply of fresh fruits and vegetables "fresh" for too long AND cleaning the machine takes a little time, so it is nice to do it once a week rather than every day!
There is a certain vegetable that I have avoided fro a while... I don't know why I was so timid to try these!
Beets seem to be all the rage right now, so I found a recipe and decided to give it a try.
I won't say it is my favorite thing on earth, but I actually quite enjoyed it.  The color is gorgeous and I think the fact that there is ginger in it made a difference.  I do love me some ginger!

Here is the recipe I tried (from this pin):
Energizing Beet Juice
(recipe is for 2 people)
1 large beet with its greens
2 Red Delicious Apples
1 Large Red Bell Pepper
1 Large English Cucumber
1 small slice of fresh ginger root
Juice and Enjoy!

Read about the benefits of Beets here and here
and the tremendous benefits of juicing here
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Linking up at:
Someday Crafts

1 comment:

  1. I have to try this! I've been wanting to find a juice recipe with beets for a while! My fave so far has been carrot juice! :)