Recently, a (not creepy) co-worker noticed my improved physique and asked for my secret. I shared that in addition to a new killer boxing routine, I've been "juicing."
Seeing his slightly horrified expression I quickly clarified, "Fruits and vegetables; NOT steroids!"
We both laughed. I made a secret note to myself to cut back on my bicep workout.
My Facebook fans thought it was funny too. As a side note of utter shamelessness, if you're not already in on my daily antics and funny / inspiring updates, please "like" my Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/charleneignites (You rock! Thanks!)
Anyhoo, I am very much enjoying my juice adventure. Sometimes I look up recipes online but mainly I just experiment based on what I have in the house and/or what I find at the store that looks interesting.
Wanna try it? It's not as intimidating as you think!
1) Buy or borrow a juicer based on budget and availability.
2) Pick fruits & veggies you think (or someone tells you) go together.
3) Wash 'em and cut 'em into chunks that fit into your juicer.
4) Juice according to the directions on your juicer.
5) Drink up. If you want sweet but it's not sweet enough, add a Splenda. If you want savory but it's not tasty enough, add some salt or hot sauce.
I realize I'm not being truly instructional here but the whole point is to have some fun. Experiment. Tweak. Enjoy!
My favorite savory juice is a homemade V8: tomato, celery, cucumber, kale, lemon (no rind), red bell pepper, romaine & carrot. (Sometimes it's only a V4 or V5 depending on what I have around.)
My favorite sweet juice lately is carrot, orange, melon, & ginger.
One of the "complaints" about juicing is that you don't get the fiber. So, what I often do is save the dry fibrous stuff that doesn't get juiced (like what's in this bowl) and make muffins or bread out of it.
The kids LOVE it, especially when I add butter and cinnamon/sugar shake on top. What's not to love? YUM!
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