I’m on a roll…. Inspired by my 50th birthday, after a 10-year sabbatical to have and raise my kids I’ve decided it’s high time I started taking care of myself again… just a little bit. Now that I’m not working (thanks “Lou”) and the kids are in school I’m getting back to doing things that I love like walking Mill River and bike riding the boardwalk. (Watch out… I’ll be back to running, kayaking, SCUBA diving and mountain biking soon.) I’m buying and eating more fruits and vegetables — and less cookies, a trigger food for me — and cutting down on sugar and fast food. (Note: I said cutting down not cutting out!)
My dear friend and pro-bono wellness coach, Wendy Danca, has been my motivator and inspire-er… accompanying me on rides, walks and trips to the farmer’s market as she regales me with good health and wellness tips… talking and laughing along the way. (I think she might be using me as a test case LOL.) As part of the process I purchased a kitchen scale to weigh my food — because my internal estimator was never very accurate — and I purchased a juicer… which I’ve always wanted but wasn’t sure I’d actually use enough to justify the cost. (We’ll see about that.)
So, I’ve started experimenting with my juicer on my own (don’t juice bananas… those should be blended), copying the guys at Jandi’s juice bar (who, BTW, recommend not mixing citrus in with veggies because the juices separate) and taking juicing advice from Wendy (who’s been juicing for years). I’ve even started juicing with the kids so they get more fruit juice and less sugar too! I blend their freshly juiced fruits (and a veggie or two snuck in) some ice cubes and a little greek yogurt to make it a smoothie… This morning it was 4 apples, a carrot and half of a skinned canteloupe with 1 small container of Dannon Light & Fit Greek Yogurt — enough to feed me and them… and they are loving it!
So look who’s juicing now! “Hey Mikey, he likes it!”
It’s a whole new world!!! Have any good juicing (or pulp) recipes to share?